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Torney History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Origins Available: English , Irish

The name Torney arrived in England after the Norman Conquest of 1066. The Torney 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.

Early Origins of the Torney family

The surname Torney 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.

Early History of the Torney family

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Torney Spelling Variations

Anglo-Norman names are characterized by a multitude of spelling variations. When the Normans became the ruling people of England in the 11th century, they introduced a new language into a society where the main languages of Old and later Middle English had no definite spelling rules. These languages were more often spoken than written, so they blended freely with one another. Contributing to this mixing of tongues was the fact that medieval scribes spelled words according to sound, ensuring that a person's name would appear differently in nearly every document in which it was recorded. The name has been spelled Tournay, Tornay, Tornai, Tourney and others.

Early Notables of the Torney family (pre 1700)

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Migration of the Torney family to Ireland

Some of the Torney family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. More information about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Migration of the Torney family to the New World and Oceana

For many English families, the political and religious disarray that plagued their homeland made the frontiers of the New World an attractive prospect. Thousands migrated, aboard cramped disease-ridden ships. They arrived sick, poor, and hungry, but were welcomed in many cases with far greater opportunity than at home in England. Many of these hardy settlers went on to make important contributions to the emerging nations in which they landed. Among early immigrants bearing the name Torney or a variant listed above were:

Torney Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • James Torney, who arrived in Philadelphia in 1835
  • George Torney, who settled in San Francisco in 1852

Torney Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century

  • Hugh Torney, who arrived in Montreal in 1816

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