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Torr Early Origins



The surname Torr was first found in Devon where they held a family seat as Lords of the Manor. The Norman influence of English history dominated after the Battle of Hastings in 1066. The language of the courts was French for the next three centuries and the Norman ambience prevailed. The family name was first referenced in the 12th century when they held estates in that shire. They were of the great Norman family of Martin de Tours from Tour near Bayeux. The Sire de Tour conquered Cameys in Wales and became the Lord Marcher of South Wales. His sons either took the name FitzMartin or Tour, sometimes Tower. He built the Benedictine Abbey of St.Dogmael's and, of course, his great Castle at Newport, where the ruins still exist. The family was granted vast estates in Devon, Somerset, and Dorset. Torre Abbey is today a historic building and art gallery in Torquay, Devon. It was founded in 1196 as a monastery for Premonstratensian canons. However, some of the family went north to Syndale in the West Riding of Yorkshire as evidenced by the following: "The township comprises by computation 1300 acres, and is chiefly the property of James Whitwell Torre, Esq., whose seat, Snydale Hall, is a handsome residence." [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.

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Torr Spelling Variations


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Torr Spelling Variations



Spelling variations of this family name include: Tour, Tor, Torr, Torre, Thor, Thore, Thour and others.

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Torr Early History


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Torr Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Torr research. Another 221 words (16 lines of text) covering the years 1182, 1242, 1455 and 1487 are included under the topic Early Torr History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Torr Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Torr Early Notables (pre 1700)



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The Great Migration


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The Great Migration



Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Torr Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Hans Georg Torr, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1747 [2]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)

Torr Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • Sophia Torr, aged 15, a servant, who arrived in South Australia in 1855 aboard the ship "Hooghly" [3]CITATION[CLOSE]
    South Australian Register Wednesday 21st February 1855. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) Rodney 1855. Retrieved http://www.theshipslist.com/ships/australia/rodney1855.shtml
  • John Torr, aged 39, a miner, who arrived in South Australia in 1855 aboard the ship "Hooghly" [3]CITATION[CLOSE]
    South Australian Register Wednesday 21st February 1855. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) Rodney 1855. Retrieved http://www.theshipslist.com/ships/australia/rodney1855.shtml
  • John Torr ( c. 1815-1884), from Tavistock, Devon who with his wife Ann, née Green, and family emigrated to Burra, South Australia in 1855 [3]CITATION[CLOSE]
    South Australian Register Wednesday 21st February 1855. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) Rodney 1855. Retrieved http://www.theshipslist.com/ships/australia/rodney1855.shtml

Torr Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • Joseph Torr, who landed in Wellington, New Zealand in 1842 aboard the ship Birman
  • Joseph Torr, aged 27, a carpenter, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Birman" in 1842
  • Julia Torr, aged 29, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Birman" in 1842
  • William Henry Torr, aged 4, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Birman" in 1842
  • Thomas Torr, aged 2, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Birman" in 1842
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Contemporary Notables of the name Torr (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Torr (post 1700)



  • Helen Torr (1886-1967), early American Modernist painter in the 1920s
  • Franklin Torr, American Republican politician, Alternate Delegate to Republican National Convention from New Hampshire, 1988
  • Diane Marian Torr (b. 1948), Canadian-born, British artist, writer and educator
  • Dona Ruth Anne Torr (1883-1957), British Marxist historian and major influence on the Communist Party Historians Group
  • Sam Torr (1849-1923), British music hall comedian
  • William George Torr MA, BCL, LLD, (1853-1939), nicknamed "Old Oxford", a religious educator in South Australia, son of John Torr, the Australian immigrant from Devon to South Australia
  • Michèle Torr (b. 1947), born Michelle Cléberte Tortis, a French singer and author
  • Brigadier Alexander George Torr (1907-1952), Deputy Engineer in Chief, Australian Military Forces, Army Headquarters in 1945

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See Also


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Citations


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Citations



  1. ^ Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.
  2. ^ Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
  3. ^ 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. Passenger Lists of Vessels Arriving at Galveston Texas 1896-1951. National Archives Washington DC. Print.
  2. Samuelsen, W. David. New York City Passenger List Manifests Index 1820 - 1824. North Salt Lake, Utah: Accelerated Indexing Systems International, 1986. Print.
  3. 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.
  4. Sanders, Joanne McRee Edition. English Settlers in Barbados 1637-1800. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  5. Colletta, John P. They Came In Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
  6. Thirsk, Joan. The Agrarian History of England and Wales. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press: 7 Volumes. Print.
  7. Cook, Chris. English Historical Facts 1603-1688. London: MacMillan, 1980. Print.
  8. Reaney P.H and R.M. Wilson. A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X).
  9. Ingram, Rev. James. Translator Anglo-Saxon Chronicle 1823. Print.
  10. Magnusson, Magnus. Chambers Biographical Dictionary 5th edition. Edinburgh: W & R Chambers, 1990. Print.
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The Torr Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Torr 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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