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 O'Trahy. 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 O'Trahy family appears to have originally lived in the town of Troyes in France; the original form of the surname O'Trahy was de Troyes. The surname O'Trahy 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 O'Trahy family
The surname O'Trahy 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.
Early History of the O'Trahy family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our O'Trahy research.Another 269 words (19 lines of text) covering the years 1660, 1717, 1690, 1698, 1702, 1705, 1739 and 1823 are included under the topic Early O'Trahy History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
O'Trahy Spelling Variations
A single person's name was often spelt simply as it sounded by medieval scribes and church officials. An investigation into the specific origins the name O'Trahy has revealed that such a practice has resulted in many spelling variations
over the years. A few of its variants include: Troye, Troy, Try, Trye, Trohy, Trohey, Troys, Troyes, O'Trahy, O'Trahey, O'Trehy, O'Trehey and many more.
Early Notables of the O'Trahy family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the O'Trahy family to the New World and Oceana
In the 1840s, Ireland
experienced a mass exodus to North America due to the Great Potato Famine
. These families wanted to escape from hunger and disease that was ravaging their homeland. With the promise of work, freedom and land overseas, the Irish looked upon British North America and the United States as a means of hope and prosperity. Those that survived the journey were able to achieve this through much hard work and perseverance. Early immigration and passenger lists revealed many bearing the name O'Trahy: 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.