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The ancestors of the Torbert family arrived in England following the Norman Conquest of 1066. The name Torbert came from the ancient Norman given name Terbert.

Torbert Early Origins



The surname Torbert was first found in Lancashire where they held a family seat from very ancient times at Tarbock, after the Norman Conquest in 1066. They were descended from the Baron Richard, brother of Sir Robert Fitzhenry, founder of Burscough Priory. " Henry de Tarbock or Torbock, who was early the lord of Tarbock, Roby, Huyton, Knowsley, and other manors, had two sons. The elder of these, Robert, was sometimes distinguished by the Norman patronymic FitzHenry, which the English rendered Harrison, and sometimes was denominated from his principal residence, de Lathom; while Richard, the other son, inheriting Tarbock, designated himself from that estate." [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.

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Torbert Spelling Variations


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Torbert Spelling Variations



It is only in the last few hundred years that the English language has been standardized. For that reason, Anglo-Norman surnames like Torbert are characterized by many spelling variations. Scribes and monks in the Middle Ages spelled names they sounded, so it is common to find several variations that refer to a single person. As the English language changed and incorporated elements of other European languages such as Norman French and Latin, even literate people regularly changed the spelling of their names. The variations of the name Torbert include Tarbock, Tarbocks, Tarbox, Tirebuck, Torbock, Tarbuck, Tarbux and many more.

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Torbert Early History


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Torbert Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Torbert research. Another 259 words (18 lines of text) covering the years 1606 and 1606 are included under the topic Early Torbert History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Torbert Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Torbert Early Notables (pre 1700)



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

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The Great Migration


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The Great Migration



Faced with the chaos present in England at that time, many English families looked towards the open frontiers of the New World with its opportunities to escape oppression and starvation. People migrated to North America, as well as Australia and Ireland in droves, paying exorbitant rates for passages in cramped, unsafe ships. Many of the settlers did not make the long passage alive, but those who did see the shores of North America were welcomed with great opportunity. Many of the families that came from England went on to make essential contributions to the emerging nations of Canada and the United States. Some of the first immigrants to cross the Atlantic and come to North America carried the name Torbert, or a variant listed above:

Torbert Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • J B Torbert, who landed in San Francisco, California in 1851
  • Patrick Torbert, who arrived in Alabama in 1858

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Contemporary Notables of the name Torbert (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Torbert (post 1700)



  • Jason Torbert (b. 1975), American musician
  • Clement Clay "Bo" Torbert Jr. (b. 1929), American jurist
  • Alfred Thomas Archimedes Torbert (1833-1880), career United States Army officer
  • Dave Torbert (1948-1982), American Bay Area musician
  • William L. Torbert, American Democrat politician, Member of Pennsylvania State Senate 30th District, 1877-78
  • Samuel Torbert, American politician, Member of New York State Assembly from New York County, 1814-15
  • Horace Gates Torbert Jr. (b. 1911), American politician, U.S. Ambassador to Somalia, 1962-65; Bulgaria, 1970-73
  • George L. Torbert, American Republican politician, Postmaster at Dubuque, Iowa, 1873-81
  • Clement Clay Torbert Jr. (b. 1929), American politician, Member of Alabama State House of Representatives, 1958-62; Member of Alabama State Senate, 1966-77; Chief Justice of Alabama State Supreme Court, 1977-89

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Citations


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Citations



  1. ^ Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.

Other References

  1. Bolton, Charles Knowles. Bolton's American Armory. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1964. Print.
  2. Marcharn, Frederick George. A Constitutional History of Modern England 1485 to the Present. London: Harper and Brothers, 1960. Print.
  3. Virkus, Frederick A. Ed. Immigrant Ancestors A List of 2,500 Immigrants to America Before 1750. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1964. Print.
  4. Burke, John Bernard Ed. The Roll of Battle Abbey. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. 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. Burke, Sir Bernard. General Armory Of England, Scotland, Ireland and Wales. Ramsbury: Heraldry Today. Print.
  7. Hitching, F.K and S. Hitching. References to English Surnames in 1601-1602. Walton On Thames: 1910. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0181-3).
  8. Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin . Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8).
  9. Leeson, Francis L. Dictionary of British Peerages. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1986. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-1121-5).
  10. Egle, William Henry. Pennsylvania Genealogies Scotch-Irish and German. Harrisburg: L.S. Hart, 1886. Print.
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The Torbert Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Torbert 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.

This page was last modified on 24 February 2016 at 14:38.

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