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'Trehey. 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'Trehey family appears to have originally lived in the town of Troyes in France; the original form of the surname O'Trehey was de Troyes. The surname O'Trehey 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'Trehey family
The surname O'Trehey 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'Trehey family
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O'Trehey Spelling Variations
Medieval scribes and church officials often spelled the name O'Trehey as it sounded to them. As a result, the name O'Trehey, over the ages, has attained many spelling variations
including Troye, Troy, Try, Trye, Trohy, Trohey, Troys, Troyes, O'Trahy, O'Trahey, O'Trehy, O'Trehey and many more.
Early Notables of the O'Trehey family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the O'Trehey family to the New World and Oceana
experienced a dramatic decrease in its population during the 19th century. This was in a great measure, a response to England's imperialistic policies. Hunger and disease took the lives of many Irish people and many more chose to leave their homeland to escape the horrific conditions. North America with its promise of work, freedom, and land was an extremely popular destination for Irish families
. For those families that survived the journey, all three of these things were often attained through much hard work and perseverance. Research into early immigration and passenger lists revealed many immigrants bearing the name O'Trehey: 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.