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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."

Torpey Early Origins



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.

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Torpey Spelling Variations


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Torpey Spelling Variations



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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Torpey Early History


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Torpey Early History



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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Torpey Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Torpey Early Notables (pre 1700)



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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The Great Migration


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The Great Migration



Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Torpey Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • John Torpey, aged 30, who arrived in South Australia in 1855 aboard the ship "Rodney" [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    South Australian Register Wednesday 21st February 1855. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) Rodney 1855. Retrieved http://www.theshipslist.com/ships/australia/rodney1855.shtml
  • Michael Torpey, aged 22, who arrived in South Australia in 1855 aboard the ship "Rodney" [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    South Australian Register Wednesday 21st February 1855. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) Rodney 1855. Retrieved http://www.theshipslist.com/ships/australia/rodney1855.shtml
  • Bridget Torpey, aged 18, a servant, who arrived in South Australia in 1855 aboard the ship "Rodney" [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    South Australian Register Wednesday 21st February 1855. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) Rodney 1855. Retrieved http://www.theshipslist.com/ships/australia/rodney1855.shtml
  • Margaret Torpey, aged 13, who arrived in South Australia in 1855 aboard the ship "Rodney" [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    South Australian Register Wednesday 21st February 1855. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) Rodney 1855. Retrieved http://www.theshipslist.com/ships/australia/rodney1855.shtml
  • Mary Torpey, aged 21, a servant, who arrived in South Australia in 1855 aboard the ship "Agincourt"
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Contemporary Notables of the name Torpey (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Torpey (post 1700)



  • 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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See Also


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Citations


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Citations



  1. ^ South Australian Register Wednesday 21st February 1855. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) Rodney 1855. Retrieved http://www.theshipslist.com/ships/australia/rodney1855.shtml

Other References

  1. Hanks, Patricia and Flavia Hodges. A Dictionary of Surnames. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1988. Print. (ISBN 0-19-211592-8).
  2. Fairbairn. Fairbain's book of Crests of the Families of Great Britain and Ireland, 4th Edition 2 volumes in one. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1968. Print.
  3. Matthews, John. Matthews' American Armoury and Blue Book. London: John Matthews, 1911. Print.
  4. 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).
  5. Filby, P. William and Mary K Meyer. Passenger and Immigration Lists Index in Four Volumes. Detroit: Gale Research, 1985. Print. (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8).
  6. Zieber, Eugene. Heraldry in America. Philadelphia: Genealogical Publishing Co. Print.
  7. MacLysaght, Edward. The Surnames of Ireland 3rd Edition. Dublin: Irish Academic, 1978. Print. (ISBN 0-7165-2278-0).
  8. Passenger Lists of Vessels Arriving at Galveston Texas 1896-1951. National Archives Washington DC. Print.
  9. Browning, Charles H. Americans of Royal Descent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  10. Leyburn, James Graham. The Scotch-Irish A Social History. Chapel Hill: UNC Press, 1962. Print. (ISBN 0807842591).
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The Torpey Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Torpey 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.

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