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The oldest instances of the Trace surname in Ireland come from an Anglicized form of the Gaelic Treasaigh, or "descendant of Treasach," a personal name meaning "warlike," "fierce." However, many of the surname Trace come from Anglo-Norman roots, from the large category of Anglo-Norman habitation names, which are derived from pre-existing names for towns, villages, parishes, or farmsteads.

Trace Early Origins



The surname Trace was first found in Devon, where they were Lords of Barnstaple, descended from a famous Norman family from Tracy near Vire in Carne in Normandy. William Tracey was a natural son of Henry I, and his descendant, Henry Tracey received from King Stephen the Barony of Barnstaple. His descendant, William Tracy, in 1170, was one of the murderers of Thomas A Becket, Archbishop of Canterbury.

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Trace Spelling Variations


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Trace Spelling Variations



It was found during an investigation of the origins of the name Trace that church officials and medieval scribes often spelled the name as it sounded. This practice lead to a single person's being documented under many spelling variations. The name Trace has existed in the various shapes: Tracey, Tracy, Treacy, Trassey, Trasey, O'Tracy, O'Trasey, Tracye and many more.

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Trace Early History


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Trace Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Trace research. Another 317 words (23 lines of text) covering the years 1172, 1643, and 1648 are included under the topic Early Trace History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Trace Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Trace Early Notables (pre 1700)



Another 28 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Trace Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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The Great Migration



Irish immigration to North American began in the late 18th century as many Irish families desired to own their own land. This pattern of immigration grew slowly yet steadily until the 1840s. At that time, a failed crop and a growing population in Ireland resulted in the Great Potato Famine. Poverty, disease, and starvation ravaged the land. To ease their pain and suffering the Irish often looked upon North America as a solution: hundreds of thousands undertook the voyage. Their arrival meant the growth of industry and commerce for British North America and the United States. For the individual Irishman, it meant survival and hope, and the opportunity for work, freedom, and ownership of land. The early immigration and passenger lists revealed many bearing the name Trace:

Trace Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • William Trace, who arrived in New England in 1633-1634
  • John Trace, who arrived in Virginia in 1652
  • Joyce Trace, who landed in Virginia in 1664

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Contemporary Notables of the name Trace (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Trace (post 1700)



  • Ben L. Trace (1890-1976), American songwriter, brother of Albert Trace
  • Albert J. "Al" Trace (1900-1993), American songwriter and orchestra leader of the 1930s, 40s and 50s
  • Bruce S. Trace, American Democrat politician, Postmaster at Royal Oak, Michigan, 1942-54 (acting, 1942-43)
  • Christopher Leonard Trace (1933-1992), English actor and television presenter, best remembered as the presenter on the BBC children's programme Blue Peter

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Citations



    Other References

    1. MacLysaght, Edward. Mores Irish Familes. Dublin: Irish Academic, 1982. Print. (ISBN 0-7165-0126-0).
    2. Bolton, Charles Knowles. Bolton's American Armory. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1964. Print.
    3. Zieber, Eugene. Heraldry in America. Philadelphia: Genealogical Publishing Co. Print.
    4. Kennedy, Patrick. Kennedy's Book of Arms. Canterbury: Achievements, 1967. Print.
    5. Donovan, George Francis. The Pre-Revolutionary Irish in Massachusetts 1620-1775. Menasha, WI: Geroge Banta Publsihing Co., 1932. Print.
    6. Shaw, William A. Knights of England A Complete Record from the Earliest Time to the Present Day of the Knights of all the Orders of Chivalry in England, Scotland, Ireland and Knights Bachelors 2 Volumes. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print. (ISBN 080630443X).
    7. Passenger Lists of Vessels Arriving at Galveston Texas 1896-1951. National Archives Washington DC. Print.
    8. Sullivan, Sir Edward. The Book of Kells 3rd Edition. New York: Crescent Books, 1986. Print. (ISBN 0-517-61987-3).
    9. Chadwick, Nora Kershaw and J.X.W.P Corcoran. The Celts. London: Penguin, 1970. Print. (ISBN 0140212116).
    10. MacLysaght, Edward. The Surnames of Ireland 3rd Edition. Dublin: Irish Academic, 1978. Print. (ISBN 0-7165-2278-0).
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    The Trace Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Trace 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 2015 at 10:23.

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