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O'Tarpey History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Today's Irish surnames are underpinned by a multitude of rich histories. The name O'Tarpey originally appeared in Gaelic as O Tarpaigh, which is derived from the word "tarpach," which means "sturdy."

Early Origins of the O'Tarpey family

The surname O'Tarpey was first found in County Cork (Irish: Corcaigh) the ancient Kingdom of Deis Muin (Desmond), located on the southwest coast of Ireland in the province of Munster, where they held a family seat from very ancient times, where they were said to be descended from the ancient tribe of Erainn stock into a tribe known as the Corcu Loegde who were pushed into south west Cork area by the Eoganacht. Their neighbors were the O'Sullivans, the O'Mahoneys and the MacArthys.

Early History of the O'Tarpey family

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O'Tarpey Spelling Variations

Within the archives researched, many different spelling variations of the surname O'Tarpey were found. These included One reason for the many variations is that scribes and church officials often spelled an individual's name as it sounded. This imprecise method often led to many versions. Torpey, Tarpey, O'Tarpey and others.

Early Notables of the O'Tarpey family (pre 1700)

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Migration of the O'Tarpey family to the New World and Oceana

A massive amount of Ireland's native population left the island in the 19th century for North America and Australia in hopes of finding more opportunities and an escape from discrimination and oppression. A great portion of these migrants arrived on the eastern shores of the North American continent. Although they were generally poor and destitute, and, therefore, again discriminated against, these Irish people were heartily welcomed for the hard labor involved in the construction of railroads, canals, roadways, and buildings. Many others were put to work in the newly established factories or agricultural projects that were so essential to the development of what would become two of the wealthiest nations in the world. The Great Potato Famine during the late 1840s initiated the largest wave of Iris immigration. Early North American immigration and passenger lists have revealed a number of people bearing the name O'Tarpey or a variant listed above: Patrick Tarpey who settled in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1842; Thomas Tarpey, who came to Philadelphia in 1845; Martin Tarpey, who arrived at Philadelphia in 1869.

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