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Today's Irish surnames are underpinned by a multitude of rich histories. The name Torpey originally appeared in Gaelic as O Tarpaigh, which is derived from the word "tarpach," which means "sturdy."

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The surname Torpey was first found in County Cork (Irish: Corcaigh) the ancient Kingdom of Deis Muin (Desmond), located on the southwest coast of Ireland in the province of Munster, where they held a family seat from very ancient times, where they were said to be descended from the ancient tribe of Erainn stock into a tribe known as the Corcu Loegde who were pushed into south west Cork area by the Eoganacht. Their neighbors were the O'Sullivans, the O'Mahoneys and the MacArthys.

Irish names were rarely spelled consistently in the Middle Ages. Spelling variations of the name Torpey dating from that time include Torpey, Tarpey, O'Tarpey and others.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Torpey research. Another 201 words (14 lines of text) covering the year 1877 is included under the topic Early Torpey History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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

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Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Torpey Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • John Torpey, aged 30, arrived in South Australia in 1855 aboard the ship "Rodney"
  • Michael Torpey, aged 22, arrived in South Australia in 1855 aboard the ship "Rodney"
  • Bridget Torpey, aged 18, a servant, arrived in South Australia in 1855 aboard the ship "Rodney"
  • Margaret Torpey, aged 13, arrived in South Australia in 1855 aboard the ship "Rodney"
  • Mary Torpey, aged 21, a servant, arrived in South Australia in 1855 aboard the ship "Agincourt"
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  • Alex M. Torpey (b. 1987), American politician
  • Erin Catherine Torpey (b. 1981), American actress and singer, best known for her role on One Life to Live
  • Noel Torpey, American Republican politician, Member of Missouri State House of Representatives 29th District; Elected 2012
  • Catherine Torpey, American Democrat politician, Member of New York Democratic State Committee, 1942
  • Alx Torpey, American politician, Village President of South Orange, New Jersey; Elected 2011
  • Steve Torpey (b. 1981), English football forward
  • Stephen David James "Steve" Torpey (b. 1970), English footballer
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Citations



    Other References

    1. The Norman People and Their Existing Descendants in the British Dominions and the United States Of America. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1975. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0636-X).
    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. MacLysaght, Edward. Irish Families Their Names, Arms and Origins 4th Edition. Dublin: Irish Academic, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-7165-2364-7).
    4. Rasmussen, Louis J. . San Francisco Ship Passenger Lists 4 Volumes Colma, California 1965 Reprint. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1978. Print.
    5. Woodham-Smith, Cecil. The Great Hunger Ireland 1845-1849. New York: Old Town Books, 1962. Print. (ISBN 0-88029-385-3).
    6. Leyburn, James Graham. The Scotch-Irish A Social History. Chapel Hill: UNC Press, 1962. Print. (ISBN 0807842591).
    7. Grehan, Ida. Dictionary of Irish Family Names. Boulder: Roberts Rinehart, 1997. Print. (ISBN 1-57098-137-X).
    8. Crozier, William Armstrong Edition. Crozier's General Armory A Registry of American Families Entitled to Coat Armor. New York: Fox, Duffield, 1904. Print.
    9. Matthews, John. Matthews' American Armoury and Blue Book. London: John Matthews, 1911. Print.
    10. Bullock, L.G. Historical Map of Ireland. Edinburgh: Bartholomew and Son, 1969. Print.
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