Tarpy History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

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

Early Origins of the Tarpy family

The surname Tarpy 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 Tarpy family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Tarpy research. Another 67 words (5 lines of text) covering the year 1877 is included under the topic Early Tarpy History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Tarpy Spelling Variations

Just like the English language, the Gaelic language of Ireland was not standardized in the Middle Ages. Therefore, one's name was often recorded under several different spellings during the life of its bearer. Spelling variations revealed in the search for the origins of the Tarpy family name include Torpey, Tarpey, O'Tarpey and others.

Early Notables of the Tarpy family (pre 1700)

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United States Tarpy migration to the United States +

Ireland became inhospitable for many native Irish families in the 19th centuries. Poverty, lack of opportunities, high rents, and discrimination forced thousands to leave the island for North America. The largest exodus of Irish settlers occurred with the Great Potato Famine of the late 1840s. For these immigrants the journey to British North America and the United States was long and dangerous and many did not live to see the shores of those new lands. Those who did make it were essential to the development of what would become two of the wealthiest and most powerful nations of the world. These Irish immigrants were not only important for peopling the new settlements and cities, they also provided the manpower needed for the many industrial and agricultural projects so essential to these growing nations. Immigration and passenger lists have documented the arrival of various people bearing the name Tarpy to North America:

Tarpy Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Michael Tarpy, who settled in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1864

Australia Tarpy migration to Australia +

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

Tarpy Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century


  1. ^ Convict Records of Australia (Retrieved 11th February 2021, retrieved from https://convictrecords.com.au/ships/clara)


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