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

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

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.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Torr research. Another 227 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.

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

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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

Torr Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century


  • Sophia Torr, aged 15, a servant, arrived in South Australia in 1855 aboard the ship "Hooghly"
  • John Torr, aged 39, a miner, arrived in South Australia in 1855 aboard the ship "Hooghly"

Torr Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century


  • Joseph Torr landed in Wellington, New Zealand in 1842 aboard the ship Birman
  • Joseph Torr, aged 27, a carpenter, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Birman" in 1842
  • Julia Torr, aged 29, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Birman" in 1842
  • William Henry Torr, aged 4, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Birman" in 1842
  • Thomas Torr, aged 2, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Birman" in 1842


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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.

This page was last modified on 21 July 2012 at 10:10.

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