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The name Terry was brought to England by the Normans when they conquered the country in 1066. It comes from the Norman given name Theodoric.

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The surname Terry was first found in Kent where they held a family seat from ancient times, 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.

Before the advent of the printing press and the first dictionaries, the English language was not standardized. Sound was what guided spelling in the Middle Ages, so one person's name was often recorded under several variations during a single lifetime. Spelling variations were common, even among the names of the most literate people. Known variations of the Terry family name include Terry, Terrie and others.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Terry research. Another 223 words (16 lines of text) covering the years 1172 and 1190 are included under the topic Early Terry History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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More information is included under the topic Early Terry Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Some of the Terry family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 115 words (8 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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To escape the political and religious chaos of this era, thousands of English families began to migrate to the New World in search of land and freedom from religious and political persecution. The passage was expensive and the ships were dark, crowded, and unsafe; however, those who made the voyage safely were encountered opportunities that were not available to them in their homeland. Many of the families that reached the New World at this time went on to make important contributions to the emerging nations of the United States and Canada. Research into various historical records has revealed some of first members of the Terry family to immigrate North America:

Terry Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • Stephen Terry and Jane Hardey Terry, who came to New England in 1630, aboard the "Mary & John"
  • Stephen Terry, who arrived in Massachusetts in 1631
  • Tho Terry, aged 28, landed in New England in 1635
  • Thomas Terry, who arrived in Braintree, Massachusetts in 1635
  • Rich Terry, aged 17, landed in New England in 1635
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Terry Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • William Terry, who arrived in Georgia in 1733
  • John Terry, who arrived in Georgia in 1742

Terry Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • James Terry, aged 25, arrived in South Carolina in 1812
  • George Terry, aged 48, arrived in South Carolina in 1812
  • J Terry, who landed in San Francisco, California in 1850
  • H Terry, who arrived in San Francisco, California in 1851
  • T Terry, aged 25, arrived in New Orleans, La in 1859
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Terry Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century

  • James Terry, who came to Newfoundland in 1706
  • David Terry, who landed in Nova Scotia in 1749
  • Thomas Terry, who settled in Harbour Grace Newfoundland in 1760
  • Mr. Paul Terry U.E. who settled in Canada c. 1784
  • Mr. Paul Terry Sr., U.E. who settled in Canada c. 1784
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Terry Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century

  • Charles Terry, who arrived in Nova Scotia in 1827
  • Benjamin Terry, who landed in Canada in 1831
  • Mary Terry, who landed in Nova Scotia in 1832
  • David Terry, who arrived in Canada in 1841
  • Mary Terry, who arrived in Nova Scotia in 1843

Terry Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • Alfred Terry arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Buckinghamshire" in 1839
  • Mary Terry arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Buckinghamshire" in 1839
  • Mary Ann Terry arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Buckinghamshire" in 1839
  • Dorias Terry arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Buckinghamshire" in 1839
  • Ester Terry arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Buckinghamshire" in 1839
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Terry Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • Henry Terry, aged 27, a bricklayer, arrived in Hawkes Bay aboard the ship "Clarence" in 1875
  • Mary A. Terry, aged 26, arrived in Hawkes Bay aboard the ship "Clarence" in 1875
  • Henry W. Terry, aged 7, arrived in Hawkes Bay aboard the ship "Clarence" in 1875
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  • Wallace Houston Terry (1938-2003), African-American journalist and oral historian
  • Captain Seymour W Terry (1918-1945), American Army officer awarded the Congressional Medal of Honor in 1945
  • Charles L Terry Jr. (1900-1970), American politician, attorney, judge, and Governor of Delaware from 1965 to 1969
  • Nigel Terry (1945-2015), English stage and film actor, best known for his portrayal of King Arthur in Excalibur (1981)
  • Sir Joseph Terry (1828-1898), English industrialist, co-founder of Joseph Terry & Sons Ltd (1895), a chocolate and confectionery maker, better known as Terry's Chocolates
  • Air Marshall Peter Terry (b. 1926), English Royal Air Force commander, Governor of Gibraltar (19851989)
  • John George Terry (b. 1980), English professional footballer
  • Charles Sanford Terry (1864-1936), English historian and Bach scholar
  • Fred Terry (1863-1933), English actor
  • Edward O'Connor Terry (1844-1912), English comedian
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Terry Historic Events



Empress of Ireland

  • Mr. John Terry, British Assistant Steward from United Kingdom who worked aboard the Empress of Ireland and died in the sinking on May 29th 1914

HMS Hood

  • Mr. Gordon V Terry (b. 1922), English Telegraphist serving for the Royal Navy from Marske, Yorkshire, England, who sailed into battle on the HMS Hood and died on 24th May 1941 in the sinking

HMS Prince of Wales

  • Mr. Hunter Terry, British Lieutenant Commander, who sailed in to battle on the HMS Prince of Wales and survived the sinking

HMS Repulse

  • Mr. Benjamin J Terry, British Stoker, who sailed into battle on the HMS Repulse and survived the sinking
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  • All About Terrys: A Genealogy of the Surname Terry by Paul Terry Thompson.
  • The Story of a Family by Henry Vernon Hall.
  • Terry and Allied Families of Virginia, Kentucky, Illinois, Texas by Frances Terry Ingmire.
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Citations



    Other References

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    2. Egle, William Henry. Pennsylvania Genealogies Scotch-Irish and German. Harrisburg: L.S. Hart, 1886. Print.
    3. Elster, Robert J. International Who's Who. London: Europa/Routledge. Print.
    4. Bullock, L.G. Historical Map of England and Wales. Edinburgh: Bartholomew and Son, 1971. Print.
    5. Shirley, Evelyn Philip. Noble and Gentle Men of England Or Notes Touching The Arms and Descendants of the Ancient Knightley and Gentle Houses of England Arranged in their Respective Counties 3rd Edition. Westminster: John Bowyer Nichols and Sons, 1866. Print.
    6. Matthews, John. Matthews' American Armoury and Blue Book. London: John Matthews, 1911. Print.
    7. Chadwick, Nora Kershaw and J.X.W.P Corcoran. The Celts. London: Penguin, 1790. Print. (ISBN 0140212116).
    8. Marcharn, Frederick George. A Constitutional History of Modern England 1485 to the Present. London: Harper and Brothers, 1960. Print.
    9. The Norman People and Their Existing Descendants in the British Dominions and the United States Of America. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1975. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0636-X).
    10. Lennard, Reginald. Rural England 1086-1135 A Study of Social and Agrarian Conditions. Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1959. Print.
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    The Terry Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Terry Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

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