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The surname Torrance was first found in Stirlingshire. The name is a habitation name from either East Kilbride or north of Glasgow where it is derived from the Gaelic word "torran" which means "hillock" or "mound."

Spelling variations of this family name include: Torrance, Torrens, Torrence and others.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Torrance research. Another 212 words (15 lines of text) covering the year 1563 is included under the topic Early Torrance History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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More information is included under the topic Early Torrance Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Some of the Torrance family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 327 words (23 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Torrance Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Thomas Torrance arrived in Philadelphia in 1808
  • James Torrance, aged 28, arrived in Maryland in 1812
  • John Steele Torrance, who landed in New York in 1834
  • M Torrance, who arrived in San Francisco, California in 1851
  • Charles Edward Torrance, who landed in California in 1894
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  • John "Jack" Torrance (1912-1969), American shot putter and football player; he held the shot put world record several times in 1934
  • David Torrance (1840-1906), Scottish-born, American soldier, lawyer, politician, and Chief Justice of the Supreme Court in Connecticut
  • Jared Sidney Torrance (1852-1921), American real estate developer and founder of Torrance, California
  • Ellis Paul Torrance (1915-2003), American psychologist, developer of the Torrance Tests of Creative Thinking and published over 1,871 articles
  • Wilfred G. Torrance, American Republican politician, Candidate in primary for Michigan State Senate 1st District, 1940
  • Robert E. Torrance, American Republican politician, Alternate Delegate to Republican National Convention from New Jersey, 1916; Chair of Hudson County Republican Party, 1919-21
  • James F. Torrance, American Republican politician, Delegate to Republican National Convention from Pennsylvania, 1940
  • H. E. Torrance, American politician, Delegate to Illinois State Constitutional Convention 16th District, 1920-22
  • David Torrance (1840-1906), American politician, Member of Connecticut State House of Representatives from Derby, 1871-72; Secretary of State of Connecticut, 1879-81; Superior Court Judge in Connecticut, 1885-89
  • Cyrenus C. Torrance, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from New York, 1876
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    Other References

    1. Bain, Robert. The Clans and Tartans of Scotland. Glasgow & London: Collins, 1968. Print. (ISBN 000411117-6).
    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. Bloxham, Ben. Key to Parochial Registers of Scotland From Earliest Times Through 1854 2nd edition. Provo, UT: Stevenson's Genealogical Center, 1979. Print.
    4. Warner, Philip Warner. Famous Scottish Battles. New York: Barnes and Noble, 1996. Print. (ISBN 0-76070-004-4).
    5. Paul, Sir James Balfour. An Ordinary of Arms Contained in the Public Register of All Arms and Bearings in Scotland Second Edition. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1903. Print.
    6. Burke, Sir Bernard. Genealogical and Heraldic History of the Landed Gentry Including American Families with British Ancestry 2 Volumes. London: Burke Publishing, 1939. Print.
    7. Fulton, Alexander. Scotland and Her Tartans: The Romantic Heritage of the Scottish Clans and Families. Godalming: Bramley, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-86283-880-0).
    8. Bradford, William. History of Plymouth Plantation 1620-1647 Edited by Samuel Eliot Morrison 2 Volumes. New York: Russell and Russell, 1968. Print.
    9. Best, Hugh. Debrett's Texas Peerage. New York: Coward-McCann, 1983. Print. (ISBN 069811244X).
    10. Innes, Thomas and Learney. Scots Heraldry A Practical Handbook on the Historical Principles and Mordern Application of the Art and Science. London: Oliver and Boyd, 1934. Print.
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    The Torrance Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Torrance 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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