Tarry History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The surname Tarry is a ancient name whose history on English soil dates back to the wave of emigration that followed the Norman Conquest of England in 1066. The name comes from the Norman personal name Therry, which in turn comes from the Germanic Theodoric. [1] Edward the Confessor (c.1004-1066) employed a German goldsmith named Theoderic for some of his coinage design; so it is certainly possible that the name in Britain predates the coming of the Normans.

Early Origins of the Tarry family

The surname Tarry was first found in Kent where Thierry, son of Deorman of London was granted lands by Gilbert, Earl of Pembroke between 1138 and 1149. Thierry continued to be an under tenant of Richard FitzGilbert of Clare.

Some of the first listings of the name were found in the Hundredorum Rolls of 1273, specifically: Terry (without surname) in Yorkshire; Richard Terry in Huntingdonshire; Terricus le Alemaunde in Buckinghamshire; and Geoffrey Terri in Oxfordshire. [2]

The Yorkshire Poll Tax Rolls had two listings: Johannes Tyrry; and Petrus Terre. "Terry is a name now also represented in Buckinghamshire and the West Riding [of Yorkshire]; and it is remarkable that, as far back as the reign of Edward I., it occurred still in Yorkshire, and also in the counties adjacent to Buckinghanshire, namely those of Oxfordshire, Northamptonshire, and Huntingdonshire. In Elizabeth's time the Terrys held the manors of Bicknor and Swanton Court; and in the same reign there lived a family of yeomen of the name in Herne, and in the time of Charles I." [3]

Early History of the Tarry family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Tarry research. Another 107 words (8 lines of text) covering the years 1172, 1190, 1590, 1660, 1615, 1616, 1616, 1555, 1625 and 1555 are included under the topic Early Tarry History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Tarry Spelling Variations

A multitude of spelling variations characterize Norman surnames. Many variations occurred because Old and Middle English lacked any definite spelling rules. The introduction of Norman French to England also had a pronounced effect, as did the court languages of Latin and French. Therefore, one person was often referred to by several different spellings in a single lifetime. The various spellings include Terry, Terrie and others.

Early Notables of the Tarry family (pre 1700)

Outstanding amongst the family at this time was Edward Terry (1590-1660), English writer of travels, born at Leigh, near Penshurst, Kent. "In February 1615-1616, Terry went out to India as chaplain with a fleet sent by the London East India Company, sailing in the Charles with Benjamin...
Another 46 words (3 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Tarry Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Ireland Migration of the Tarry family to Ireland

Some of the Tarry family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
Another 69 words (5 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.


United States Tarry migration to the United States +

Many English families left England, to avoid the chaos of their homeland and migrated to the many British colonies abroad. Although the conditions on the ships were extremely cramped, and some travelers arrived diseased, starving, and destitute, once in the colonies, many of the families prospered and made valuable contributions to the cultures of what would become the United States and Canada. Research into the origins of individual families in North America has revealed records of the immigration of a number of people bearing the name Tarry or a variant listed above:

Tarry Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • Elizabeth Tarry, who arrived in Virginia in 1656 [4]
  • Eliz Tarry, who landed in Virginia in 1658 [4]
Tarry Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Frank Tarry, aged 19, who landed in New York in 1854 [4]

Australia Tarry migration to Australia +

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

Tarry Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • Thomas Tarry, aged 23, who arrived in South Australia in 1850 aboard the ship "Sea Queen" [5]
  • Thomas Tarry, aged 23, a labourer, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Sea Queen" in 1850 [5]

Contemporary Notables of the name Tarry (post 1700) +

  • Victor P. Tarry, American Democrat politician, Mayor of Oneida, New York, 1952-53 [6]
  • Tim Tarry, American Republican politician, Chair of Eaton County Republican Party, 2007 [6]
  • Ellen Tarry (1906-2008), African-American author of literature for children and young adults
  • Doug Tarry, Canadian owner of the St. Thomas Wildcats, a charter member of the United Hockey League (UHL), eponym of the Tarry Cup
  • Chris Tarry (b. 1970), Canadian electric bass player and writer based in New York City
  • Gaston Tarry (1843-1913), French mathematician

Empress of Ireland
  • Master Albert Raymond Tarry (1906-1914), Canadian Third Class Passenger from Brantford, Ontario, Canada who was traveling aboard the Empress of Ireland and died in the sinking [7]
  • Miss Hilda May Tarry (1905-1914), Canadian Third Class Passenger from Brantford, Ontario, Canada who was traveling aboard the Empress of Ireland and died in the sinking [7]
  • Mrs. Annie Tarry (1885-1914), née Mobbs Canadian Third Class Passenger from Brantford, Ontario, Canada who was traveling aboard the Empress of Ireland and died in the sinking [7]
HMS Prince of Wales
  • Mr. E. Tarry, British Lieutenant Paymaster Royal Navy Volunteer Reserves, who sailed into battle on the HMS Prince of Wales and survived the sinking [8]
RMS Lusitania
  • Mr. Edward Tarry, Canadian 2nd Class passenger from Toronto, Ontario, Canada, who sailed aboard the RMS Lusitania and survived the sinking [9]


  1. ^ Lowe, Mark Anthony, Patronymica Britannica, A Dictionary of Family Names of the United Kingdom. London: John Russel Smith, 1860. Print.
  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. ^ Guppy, Henry Brougham, Homes of Family Names in Great Britain. 1890. Print.
  4. ^ Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
  5. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) SEA QUEEN 1850. Retrieved http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1850SeaQueen.htm
  6. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2016, January 27) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html
  7. ^ Commemoration Empress of Ireland 2014. (Retrieved 2014, June 17) . Retrieved from http://www.empress2014.ca/seclangen/listepsc1.html
  8. ^ HMS Prince of Wales Crew members. (Retrieved 2014, April 9) . Retrieved from http://www.forcez-survivors.org.uk/biographies/listprincecrew.html
  9. ^ Lusitania Passenger List - The Lusitania Resource. (Retrieved 2014, March 6) . Retrieved from http://www.rmslusitania.info/lusitania-passenger-list/


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