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The ancestors of the Tirey family first reached the shores of England in the wave of migration after the Norman Conquest of 1066. Their name is derived from the Norman given name Theodoric.
The surname Tirey 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.
Norman surnames are characterized by a multitude of spelling variations. The frequent changes in surnames are largely due to the fact that the Old and Middle English languages lacked definite spelling rules. The introduction of Norman French to England, as well as the official court languages of Latin and French, also had pronounced influences on the spelling of surnames. Since medieval scribes and church officials recorded names as they sounded, rather than adhering to any specific spelling rules, it was common to find the same individual referred to with different spellings. The name has been spelled Terry, Terrie and others.
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Tirey research. Another 223 words (16 lines of text) covering the years 1172 and 1190 are included under the topic Early Tirey History in all our PDF Extended History products.
More information is included under the topic Early Tirey Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.
Some of the Tirey 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.
Many English families emigrated to North American colonies in order to escape the political chaos in Britain at this time. Unfortunately, many English families made the trip to the New World under extremely harsh conditions. Overcrowding on the ships caused the majority of the immigrants to arrive diseased, famished, and destitute from the long journey across the stormy Atlantic. Despite these hardships, many of the families prospered and went on to make invaluable contributions to the development of the cultures of the United States and Canada. Early North American immigration records have revealed a number of people bearing the name Tirey or a variant listed above: Stephen Terry and Jane Hardey Terry, who came to New England in 1630, aboard the "Mary & John"; Giles Terry who settled in Virginia in 1635; Thomas Terry, who settled in Boston in 1635.
The Tirey Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Tirey 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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