The Trapp Family (also known as the von Trapp Family) were a singing group formed from the family of former Austrian naval commander Georg von Trapp.
The Trapp family achieved fame in their original singing career in their native Austria during the interwar period.
The Trapp family also performed in the United States before emigrating there permanently to escape the deteriorating situation in Austria during World War II.
In the United States, they became well known as the “Trapp Family Singers” until they ceased to perform as a unit in 1957.
The Trapp Family’s story later served as the basis for a memoir, two German films, and Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Broadway musical The Sound of Music.
The Trapp family was made up of;
- Georg von Trapp,
- Maria von Trapp,
- Rupert von Trapp,
- Agathe von Trapp,
- Maria Franziska von Trapp,
- Werner von Trapp,
- Hedwig von Trapp,
- Johanna von Trapp,
- Martina von Trapp and
- Johannes von Trapp.
The last surviving of the original seven Trapp children, Maria Franziska, died in 2014 at the age of 99.
The von Trapps were wealthy because Georg von Trapps’s first wife, Agathe Whitehead, inherited a substantial fortune.
Agathe Whitehead;s grandfather, James Whitehead, a British engineer, was the inventor of the torpedo.
However, the von Trapps went broke during the Great Depression, losing their fortune when their bank went under in the 1930s.