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Where did the Irish Torpey family come from? What is the Irish Torpey family crest and coat of arms? When did the Torpey family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Torpey family history?

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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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.

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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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.

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

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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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  • Erin Catherine Torpey (b. 1981), American actress and singer, best known for her role on One Life to Live
  • Alex M. Torpey (b. 1987), American politician
  • Stephen David James "Steve" Torpey (b. 1970), English footballer
  • Steve Torpey (b. 1981), English football forward


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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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