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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, 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"
  • ... (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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Citations


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Citations



    Other References

    1. Rasmussen, Louis J. . San Francisco Ship Passenger Lists 4 Volumes Colma, California 1965 Reprint. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1978. Print.
    2. Weis, Frederick Lewis, Walter Lee Sheppard and David Faris. Ancestral Roots of Sixty Colonists Who Came to New England Between 1623 and 1650 7th Edition. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0806313676).
    3. Woodham-Smith, Cecil. The Great Hunger Ireland 1845-1849. New York: Old Town Books, 1962. Print. (ISBN 0-88029-385-3).
    4. MacLysaght, Edward. Mores Irish Familes. Dublin: Irish Academic, 1982. Print. (ISBN 0-7165-0126-0).
    5. Zieber, Eugene. Heraldry in America. Philadelphia: Genealogical Publishing Co. Print.
    6. Grehan, Ida. Dictionary of Irish Family Names. Boulder: Roberts Rinehart, 1997. Print. (ISBN 1-57098-137-X).
    7. Matthews, John. Matthews' American Armoury and Blue Book. London: John Matthews, 1911. Print.
    8. 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).
    9. Fitzgerald, Thomas W. Ireland and Her People A Library of Irish Biography 5 Volumes. Chicago: Fitzgerald. Print.
    10. Browning, Charles H. Americans of Royal Descent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
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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.

    This page was last modified on 16 December 2015 at 16:18.

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