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The name Tormey reached England in the great wave of migration following the Norman Conquest of 1066. The Tormey family lived in Shropshire. Their name, however, is a reference to Tournay-Sur-Dive, Normandy, the family's place of residence prior to the Norman Conquest of England in 1066.

Tormey Early Origins



The surname Tormey was first found in Shropshire where they were Lords of the manor of Kinnersley and other lands in that shire, which the Domesday Book in 1086 shows as being an under tenant of Earl Roger. They were originally castellans of the castle at Exmes for the Counts of Exmes, the Montgomerys. The Tournay estates were originally at Tournay-Sur-Dive at Orne in the arrondisement of Argentan in Normandy.

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Tormey Spelling Variations


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Tormey Spelling Variations



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 Tormey family name include Tournay, Tornay, Tornai, Tourney and others.

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Tormey Early History


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Tormey Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Tormey research. Another 196 words (14 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Tormey History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Tormey Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Tormey Early Notables (pre 1700)



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

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Tormey In Ireland


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Tormey In Ireland



Some of the Tormey family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 125 words (9 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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The Great Migration


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The Great Migration



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 Tormey family to immigrate North America:

Tormey Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Frank Tormey, aged 17, landed in New York in 1854
  • Joseph Tormey, aged 28, arrived in New York in 1854

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Contemporary Notables of the name Tormey (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Tormey (post 1700)



  • John Tormey (b. 1937), American actor, best known for his role as Louie in Ghost Dog: The Way of the Samurai
  • Chris Tormey (b. 1955), American college football coach, best known as the assistant coach for 16 seasons at Washington
  • Lawrence J. Tormey, American politician, Member of New York State Assembly from Kings County 3rd District, 1880-81
  • James Tormey, American Republican politician, Justice of New York Supreme Court 5th District; Elected 2009
  • Thomas Joseph Tormey (b. 1963), Irish recipient of the Scott Medal for his actions during an incident on 30 May 1978

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Citations



    Other References

    1. Hanks, Hodges, Mills and Room. The Oxford Names Companion. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2002. Print. (ISBN 0-19-860561-7).
    2. Shaw, William A. Knights of England A Complete Record from the Earliest Time to the Present Day of the Knights of all the Orders of Chivalry in England, Scotland, Ireland and Knights Bachelors 2 Volumes. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print. (ISBN 080630443X).
    3. Bullock, L.G. Historical Map of England and Wales. Edinburgh: Bartholomew and Son, 1971. Print.
    4. MacAulay, Thomas Babington. History of England from the Accession of James the Second 4 volumes. New York: Harper and Brothers, 1879. Print.
    5. Crispin, M. Jackson and Leonce Mary. Falaise Roll Recording Prominent Companions of William Duke of Normandy at the Conquest of England. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
    6. Leeson, Francis L. Dictionary of British Peerages. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1986. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-1121-5).
    7. Weis, Frederick Lewis, Walter Lee Sheppard and David Faris. Ancestral Roots of Sixty Colonists Who Came to New England Between 1623 and 1650 7th Edition. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0806313676).
    8. Library of Congress. American and English Genealogies in the Library of Congress. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1967. Print.
    9. Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin . Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8).
    10. Bardsley, C.W. A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6).
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    The Tormey Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Tormey 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 12 November 2015 at 10:10.

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