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Early Origins of the Storrie family

The surname Storrie was first found in Northumberland where they were said to be descended from an ancient line of Viking settlers of knightly degree and with episcopal rank. Roughly translated from the Viking records the name means "dweller by large and rough water". They moved north into Renfrewshire, Scotland and acquired considerable estates. In Scotland, William Storie was a charter witness in Dundee in 1281. Walter Stori was canon of Aberdeen in 1320 and Adam Story was one of 'burgenses rure manentes in Aberdeen, 1317. 1

A few years later, in England, the Yorkshire Poll Tax Rolls of 1379 revealed Thomas Storre; Johannes Storre; and Roger Storre as all holding lands there at that time. "Storey is still among the most familiar of Yorkshire names, but it has become, of necessity, mixed with Storer, which also is well established in that county." 2

The variant Stary dates back to the Domesday Book of 1086 where the original name Stari was recorded in Suffolk. 3 Later, John Starie was recorded in the Subsidy Rolls for Worcestershire in 1275. In this case, the name may from the Old Norse name Stari, which was a nickname from stari, meaning "starling." 4

Early History of the Storrie family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Storrie research. Another 166 words (12 lines of text) covering the years 1468, 1477, 1503, 1504, 1545, 1554, 1569, 1571, 1576, 1603, 1642, 1664, 1670, 1691, 1698, 1700, 1701, 1706, 1721, 1742, 1789, 1790, 1795, 1805, 1807, 1809, 1811, 1815, 1834, 1859, 1860 and 1890 are included under the topic Early Storrie History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Storrie Spelling Variations

Spelling variations of this family name include: Storie, Storey, Sturye, De Stury, Storrie, Story and many more.

Early Notables of the Storrie family

Notable amongst the family name during their early history was Edward Story or Storey (died 1503), English priest, Bishop of Carlisle, 1468-1477, and Bishop of Chichester, 1477-1503; and Blessed John Story (or Storey) (1504-1571), English Roman Catholic martyr. He may have been a member of the family of that name settled in Northumberland and Durham. "Story was indicted in Westminster Hall on 26 May 1571 with Christopher and Francis Norton and Christopher Neville. He was accused of having incited Alva to invade England, and of having...
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Ireland Migration of the Storrie family to Ireland

Some of the Storrie family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
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Australia Storrie migration to Australia +

Emigration to Australia followed the First Fleets of convicts, tradespeople and early settlers. Early immigrants include:

Storrie Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • Mr. Robert Storrie, Scottish convict who was convicted in Glasgow, Scotland for 7 years, transported aboard the "David Lyon" on 29th April 1830, arriving in Tasmania (Van Diemen's Land) 5

Contemporary Notables of the name Storrie (post 1700) +

  • Peter Storrie (b. 1952), British Executive Vice-Chairman of A-League club Central Coast Mariners, former director and Chief Executive Officer of English team Portsmouth
  • Agnes Louisa Storrie (1864-1936), Australian poet, writer and one of the founders of the Wattle Day League
  • James Storrie (1940-2014), Scottish professional footballer and manager, a centre forward who helped Leeds United gain promotion in 1964 to the First Division
  • James Storrie (1885-1951), Scottish first-class cricketer for Scotland in 1911, brother of Walter Storrie
  • Lieutenant-General Alexander James Sanson "Sandy" Storrie CB, CBE (b. 1962), former senior British Army officer, Deputy Commander Resolute Support Mission
  • Walter Storrie (1875-1945), Scottish first-class cricketer for Scotland in 1911
  • William Storrie (1832-1900), pen name Saunders McTavish, Scottish-born, Australian businessman and politician who emigrated to South Australia in 1849 with brother James (ca.1829-1897) and sister Helen (died 1875)
  • Robert Storrie Guthrie (1857-1921), Scottish-born Australian politician, Senator for South Australia (1904-1921)

  1. Black, George F., The Surnames of Scotland Their Origin, Meaning and History. New York: New York Public Library, 1946. Print. (ISBN 0-87104-172-3)
  2. Bardsley, C.W, A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6)
  3. Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds., Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8)
  4. Reaney, P.H and R.M. Wilson, A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X)
  5. Convict Records Voyages to Australia (Retrieved 3rd June 2021). Retrieved from on Facebook