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An excerpt from www.HouseOfNames.com archives copyright 2000 - 2016


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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
  • 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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  1. Browning, Charles H. Americans of Royal Descent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  2. Moody David. Scottish Family History. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1994. Print. (ISBN 0806312688).
  3. Scarlett, James D. Tartan The Highland Textile. London: Shepheard-Walwyn, 1990. Print. (ISBN 0-85683-120-4).
  4. Bloxham, Ben. Key to Parochial Registers of Scotland From Earliest Times Through 1854 2nd edition. Provo, UT: Stevenson's Genealogical Center, 1979. Print.
  5. Urquhart, Blair Edition. Tartans The New Compact Study Guide and Identifier. Secauccus, NJ: Chartwell Books, 1994. Print. (ISBN 0-7858-0050-6).
  6. Adam, Frank. Clans Septs and Regiments of the Scottish Highlands 8th Edition. London: Bacon (G.W.) & Co, 1970. Print. (ISBN 10-0717945006).
  7. Skordas, Guest. Ed. The Early Settlers of Maryland an Index to Names or Immigrants Complied from Records of Land Patents 1633-1680 in the Hall of Records Annapolis, Maryland. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1968. Print.
  8. Black, George F. The Surnames of Scotland Their Origin, Meaning and History. New York: New York Public Library, 1946. Print. (ISBN 0-87104-172-3).
  9. Fulton, Alexander. Scotland and Her Tartans: The Romantic Heritage of the Scottish Clans and Families. Godalming: Bramley, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-86283-880-0).
  10. Burke, Sir Bernard. Genealogical and Heraldic History of the Landed Gentry Including American Families with British Ancestry 2 Volumes. London: Burke Publishing, 1939. 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.

This page was last modified on 12 November 2015 at 10:10.

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