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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: Torrie, Torrey, Torry, Tory, Torie and others.

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.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Torry research. Another 370 words (26 lines of text) covering the years 1405, 1590, 1599, 1626, 1638, 1691, and 1732 are included under the topic Early Torry History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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

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Some of the Torry family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 59 words (4 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:

Torry Settlers in United States in the 18th Century


  • James Torry settled in New York State with his wife Florence in 1739 with their two children
  • George Torry, who arrived in New York in 1739
  • James Torry, who landed in New York, NY in 1739
  • John Torry, who landed in New York in 1740

Torry Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century


  • Harriet Torry arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "British Queen" in 1883

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  • Sir Geoffrey Torry, Diplomat
  • Elmer Torry, Canadian Scientist


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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.

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  8. Egle, William Henry. Pennsylvania Genealogies Scotch-Irish and German. Harrisburg: L.S. Hart, 1886. Print.
  9. 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.
  10. Martine, Roddy, Roderick Martine and Don Pottinger. Scottish Clan and Family Names Their Arms, Origins and Tartans. Edinburgh: Mainstream, 1992. Print.
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The Torry Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Torry 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 26 October 2010 at 15:21.

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