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Where did the English Tirey family come from? When did the Tirey family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Tirey family history?

The ancestors of the Tirey family migrated to England following the Norman Conquest of 1066. The surname Tirey is based on the Norman given name Theodoric.

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Before English spelling was standardized a few hundred years ago, spelling variations of names were a common occurrence. Elements of Latin, Norman French and other languages became incorporated into English throughout the Middle Ages, and name spellings changed even among the literate. The variations of the surname Tirey include Terry, Terrie and others.

First found in Kent where they held a family seat from ancient times, where Thierry, son of Deorman of London was granted lands by Gilbert, Earl of Pembroke between 1138 and 1149. Thierry continued to be an under tenant of Richard FitzGilbert of Clare.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Tirey research. Another 223 words(16 lines of text) covering the years 1172 and 1190 are included under the topic Early Tirey History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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More information is included under the topic Early Tirey Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Some of the Tirey family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 115 words(8 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products.

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In England at this time, the uncertainty of the political and religious environment of the time caused many families to board ships for distant British colonies in the hopes of finding land and opportunity, and escaping persecution. The voyages were expensive, crowded, and difficult, though, and many arrived in North America sick, starved, and destitute. Those who did make it, however, were greeted with greater opportunities and freedoms that they could have experienced at home. Many of those families went on to make important contributions to the young nations in which they settled. Early immigration records have shown some of the first Tireys to arrive on North American shores: Stephen Terry and Jane Hardey Terry, who came to New England in 1630, aboard the "Mary & John"; Giles Terry who settled in Virginia in 1635; Thomas Terry, who settled in Boston in 1635.

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