Troyer History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms 

Ireland already had an established system of hereditary surnames when the Strongbownians arrived. Often the two traditions blended together quite well due to some of their basic similarities, but the incoming Anglo-Norman system brought in some forms that were uncommon amongst the Irish. One of these Anglo-Norman anomalies was the prevalence of local surnames, such as Troyer. Local names were taken from the names of a place or a geographical feature where the person lived, held land, or was born. Originally, the place names were prefixed by de, which means from in French. This type of prefix was eventually either made a part of the surname if the place name began with a vowel or was eliminated entirely. The local surnames of these Strongbownian invaders referred to places in Normandy, or more typically England, but eventually for those Anglo- Normans that remained in Ireland, the nicknames referred to places or geographical features of the island: they became true local names. The Troyer family appears to have originally lived in the town of Troyes in France; the original form of the surname Troyer was de Troyes. The surname Troyer belongs to the large category of Anglo-Norman habitation names, which are derived from pre-existing names for towns, villages, parishes, or farmsteads.

Early Origins of the Troyer family

The surname Troyer was first found in County Clare (Irish: An Clár) located on the west coast of Ireland in the province of Munster, where they were granted lands by Strongbow, Earl of Pembroke, after his conquest of Ireland in 1172. They were recruited from the family of Try in Gloucester where they were Lords of the manor of Alkington. The family is said to be amongst the highest orders of French nobility.

Important Dates for the Troyer family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Troyer research. Another 135 words (10 lines of text) covering the years 1660, 1717, 1690, 1698, 1702, 1705, 1739 and 1823 are included under the topic Early Troyer History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Troyer Spelling Variations

Church officials and medieval scribes spelled names as they sounded; therefore, single person, could have his name spelt many different ways during their lifetime. While investigating the origins of the name Troyer, many spelling variations were encountered, including: Troye, Troy, Try, Trye, Trohy, Trohey, Troys, Troyes, O'Trahy, O'Trahey, O'Trehy, O'Trehey and many more.

Early Notables of the Troyer family (pre 1700)

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Migration of the Troyer family

Ireland's Great Potato Famine left the country's inhabitants in extreme poverty and starvation. Many families left their homeland for North America for the promise of work, freedom and land ownership. Although the Irish were not free of economic and racial discrimination in North America, they did contribute greatly to the rapid development of bridges, canals, roads, and railways. Eventually, they would be accepted in other areas such as commerce, education, and the arts. An examination of immigration and passenger lists revealed many bearing the name Troyer: Daniel, Edward, James, Jeremiah, John, Michael, Patrick and William Troy all arrived in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania between 1770 and 1870; John Trye from England arrived in Virginia in 1624. In Newfoundland, James Troy from Tipperary settled in St. John's in 1813.

Contemporary Notables of the name Troyer (post 1700)

  • Verne J. Troyer (1969-2018), American stand-up comedian, actor, stuntman and performer, best known for playing Mini-Me in the Austin Powers film series, one of the shortest men in the world
  • Maynard Troyer (b. 1938), American retired NASCAR Winston Cup Series driver
  • Eric Lee Troyer (b. 1949), American keyboardist and singer/songwriter
  • Carlos Troyer (1837-1920), American composer
  • Warner Troyer (1932-1991), Canadian broadcast journalist and writer

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