Torn History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Early Origins of the Torn family

The surname Torn was first found in Aberdeenshire (Gaelic: Siorrachd Obar Dheathain), a historic county, and present day Council Area of Aberdeen, located in the Grampian region of northeastern Scotland, where they held a family seat in their territories. The Pictish influence on Scottish history diminished after Kenneth Macalpine became King of all Scotland. But those east coast families still played an important role in government and were more accessible to Government than their western highland counterparts. Allegiances were important to Scottish middle age survival. The first of the surname on record was Adam Turin in the year 1323 in Fyvin.

Early History of the Torn family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Torn research. Another 126 words (9 lines of text) covering the years 1417, 1563 and 1745 are included under the topic Early Torn History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Torn Spelling Variations

Spelling variations of this family name include: Turing, Turin, Torn, Tarn, Thurin, Thuring, Turyn, Turyne, Turing and many more.

Early Notables of the Torn family (pre 1700)

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United States Torn migration to the United States +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Torn Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Aart Van Torn, who landed in Iowa in 1868 [1]
  • Adam Van Torn, who arrived in Iowa in 1868 [1]
Torn Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
  • Aaron E. M. Torn, who arrived in Alabama in 1904

Contemporary Notables of the name Torn (post 1700) +

  • Elmore Rual "Rip" Torn Jr. (1931-2019), American Academy Award and American Comedy Award winning, stage and screen actor
  • Elijah B. Torn (b. 1979), American musician who lives and performs in New York City
  • David Torn (b. 1953), American musician, guitarist, composer, and producer
  • Jon Torn, American associate professor of electronic media and film at Northern Arizona University, so of Rip Torn
  • Roman Torn (1967-1992), Canadian alpine skier who competed in the 1992 Winter Olympics
  • Nina Gagen- Torn (1900-1986), Russian historian and poet
  • Kees Torn (b. 1967), Dutch comedian
  • Helge Törn (b. 1928), Finnish cyclist who competed in the men's sprint event at the 1952 Summer Olympics
  • Cecilia Törn (b. 1994), Finnish ice dancer, three-time Finnish national champion (2016–2018)
  • Birgitta Törn (b. 1948), Swedish silver medalist curler, inducted into the Swedish Curling Hall of Fame


The Torn Motto +

The motto was originally a war cry or slogan. Mottoes first began to be shown with arms in the 14th and 15th centuries, but were not in general use until the 17th century. Thus the oldest coats of arms generally do not include a motto. Mottoes seldom form part of the grant of arms: Under most heraldic authorities, a motto is an optional component of the coat of arms, and can be added to or changed at will; many families have chosen not to display a motto.

Motto: Audentes fortuna juvat
Motto Translation: Fortune Assists the Daring.


  1. ^ Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)


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