Torry History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Early Origins of the Torry family

The surname Torry was first found in Warwickshire, where they held a family seat and were descended from Baron de Torrie the notable Norman overlord. They branched to Lincolnshire, but later branched to Scotland to Dumfriesshire.

Early History of the Torry family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Torry research. Another 132 words (9 lines of text) covering the years 1405, 1590, 1599, 1638, 1691, 1626, 1732, 1590, 1611 and 1586 are included under the topic Early Torry History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Torry Spelling Variations

Spelling variations of this family name include: Torrie, Torrey, Torry, Tory, Torie and others.

Early Notables of the Torry family (pre 1700)

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Ireland Migration of the Torry family to Ireland

Some of the Torry family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. More information about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.


United States Torry migration to the United States +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Torry Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • James Torry, who settled in New York State with his wife Florence in 1739 with their two children
  • George Torry, who arrived in New York in 1739 [1]
  • James Torry, who landed in New York, NY in 1739 [1]
  • John Torry, who landed in New York in 1740 [1]

New Zealand Torry migration to New Zealand +

Emigration to New Zealand followed in the footsteps of the European explorers, such as Captain Cook (1769-70): first came sealers, whalers, missionaries, and traders. By 1838, the British New Zealand Company had begun buying land from the Maori tribes, and selling it to settlers, and, after the Treaty of Waitangi in 1840, many British families set out on the arduous six month journey from Britain to Aotearoa to start a new life. Early immigrants include:

Torry Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • Harriet Torry, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "British Queen" in 1883

Contemporary Notables of the name Torry (post 1700) +

  • Robert "Guy" Torry (b. 1969), American actor and comedian,younger brother of Joe Torry
  • Joseph Pierre "Joe" Torry (b. 1965), American actor and comedian
  • Clare Torry (b. 1947), British singer, best known for her vocals on the song "The Great Gig in the Sky" by Pink Floyd on their 1973 album The Dark Side of the Moon


The Torry Motto +

The motto was originally a war cry or slogan. Mottoes first began to be shown with arms in the 14th and 15th centuries, but were not in general use until the 17th century. Thus the oldest coats of arms generally do not include a motto. Mottoes seldom form part of the grant of arms: Under most heraldic authorities, a motto is an optional component of the coat of arms, and can be added to or changed at will; many families have chosen not to display a motto.

Motto: Turris fortissima Deus
Motto Translation: God is a tower of strength to me.


  1. ^ 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)


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