Torbett is a name of ancient Norman origin. It arrived in England
with the Norman Conquest
of 1066. Torbett is a name that comes from the ancient Norman given name Terbert.
Early Origins of the Torbett family
The surname Torbett 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." CITATION[CLOSE]
Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.
Early History of the Torbett family
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Torbett Spelling Variations
Anglo-Norman names tend to be marked by an enormous number of spelling variations
. This is largely due to the fact that Old and Middle English lacked any spelling rules when Norman French was introduced in the 11th century. The languages of the English courts at that time were French and Latin. These various languages mixed quite freely in the evolving social milieu. The final element of this mix is that medieval scribes spelled words according to their sounds rather than any definite rules, so a name was often spelled in as many different ways as the number of documents it appeared in. The name was spelled Tarbock, Tarbocks, Tarbox, Tirebuck, Torbock, Tarbuck, Tarbux and many more.
Early Notables of the Torbett family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Torbett family to the New World and Oceana
Because of the political and religious discontent in England
, families began to migrate abroad in enormous numbers. Faced with persecution and starvation at home, the open frontiers and generally less oppressive social environment of the New World seemed tantalizing indeed to many English people. The trip was difficult, and not all made it unscathed, but many of those who did get to Canada and the United States made important contributions to the young nations in which they settled. Some of the first North American settlers with Torbett name or one of its variants:
Torbett Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
- Minnie Torbett, aged 27, who arrived in America, in 1908
- John Torbett, aged 16, who arrived in America, in 1924
Contemporary Notables of the name Torbett (post 1700)
- John A. Torbett (b. 1956), American politician, Member of the North Carolina House of Representatives (2010-)
- Nathanael Torbett (b. 1994), American footballer (soccer player), who plays for Coomera Colts SC
- John A. Torbett, American politician, Representative of the North Carolina General Assembly