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

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

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."


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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.

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

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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.

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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
  • Alexander "Sandy' Torrance (1901-1941), Scottish footballer who played from 1921 to 1928
  • David Torrance (b. 1961), Scottish National Party member of the Scottish Parliament for the Kirkcaldy constituency (2011-)
  • Bobby Torrance (b. 1958), Scottish former footballer who played from 1976 to 1988 for a total of 244 matches
  • Bill Torrance (b. 1946), Scottish broadcaster and entertainer, known for his work at BBC Scotland
  • Alan Torrance (b. 1956), Scottish professor of systematic theology at St Mary's College of the University of St Andrews
  • Thomas Forsyth Torrance MBE FRSE (1913-2007), Scottish Protestant theologian, Professor of Christian Dogmatics at New College, Edinburgh in the University of Edinburgh for 27 years

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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.

This page was last modified on 25 August 2015 at 08:44.

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