Early Origins of the Tor family
The surname Tor was first found in Devon
where they held a family seat
as Lords of the Manor. The Norman influence of English history dominated after the Battle of Hastings in 1066. The language of the courts was French for the next three centuries and the Norman ambience prevailed. The family name was first referenced in the 12th century when they held estates in that shire. They were of the great Norman family of Martin de Tours from Tour near Bayeux. The Sire de Tour conquered Cameys in Wales
and became the Lord Marcher of South Wales
. His sons either took the name FitzMartin or Tour, sometimes Tower. He built the Benedictine Abbey of St.Dogmael's and, of course, his great Castle at Newport, where the ruins still exist. The family was granted vast estates in Devon
, and Dorset
. Torre Abbey is today a historic building and art gallery in Torquay, Devon
. It was founded in 1196 as a monastery for Premonstratensian canons. However, some of the family went north to Syndale in the West Riding of Yorkshire
as evidenced by the following: "The township comprises by computation 1300 acres, and is chiefly the property of James Whitwell Torre, Esq., whose seat, Snydale Hall, is a handsome residence." CITATION[CLOSE]
Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.
Early History of the Tor family
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Tor Spelling Variations
of this family name include: Tour, Tor, Torr, Torre, Thor, Thore, Thour and others.
Early Notables of the Tor family (pre 1700)
Migration of the Tor family to the New World and Oceana
Some of the first settlers of this family name or some of its variants were: the name represented in many forms and recorded from the mid 17th century in the great migration from Europe. Migrants settled in the eastern seaboard from Newfoundland, to Maine, to Virginia, the Carolinas, and to the islands..