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The oldest instances of the Tracey 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 Tracey 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.

Tracey Early Origins



The surname Tracey 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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Tracey Spelling Variations


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Tracey Spelling Variations



Church officials and medieval scribes spelled names as they sounded; therefore, single person, could have his name spelt many different ways during their lifetime. While investigating the origins of the name Tracey, many spelling variations were encountered, including: Tracey, Tracy, Treacy, Trassey, Trasey, O'Tracy, O'Trasey, Tracye and many more.

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Tracey Early History


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Tracey Early History



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

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Tracey Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Tracey Early Notables (pre 1700)



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

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The Great Migration


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The Great Migration



Ireland's Great Potato Famine left the country's inhabitants in extreme poverty and starvation. Many families left their homeland for North America for the promise of work, freedom and land ownership. Although the Irish were not free of economic and racial discrimination in North America, they did contribute greatly to the rapid development of bridges, canals, roads, and railways. Eventually, they would be accepted in other areas such as commerce, education, and the arts. An examination of immigration and passenger lists revealed many bearing the name Tracey:

Tracey Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • Sarah Tracey, who landed in Plymouth, Massachusetts in 1623
  • Stephen Tracey, who arrived in Plymouth, Massachusetts in 1623
  • Thomas Tracey, who arrived in Salem Massachusetts in 1630
  • Robert Tracey, who settled in Virginia in 1653

Tracey Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Catherine Tracey, a bonded passenger, who arrived in Maryland in 1733
  • Dorothy Tracey, who came to Maryland in 1749
  • Patrick Tracey, who arrived in Newburyport, Massachusetts in 1773
  • James Tracey, who arrived in New York, NY in 1778

Tracey Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Hugh Tracey, who arrived in America in 1811
  • James Tracey, aged 45, arrived in New York in 1812
  • Thomas Tracey, aged 30, landed in New York in 1812
  • John Tracey, aged 29, landed in Virginia in 1813
  • William Tracey, who arrived in New York, NY in 1815
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Tracey Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century

  • David Tracey, who landed in Nova Scotia in 1750
  • Margaret Tracey, who arrived in Nova Scotia in 1750
  • Mary Tracey, who landed in Nova Scotia in 1750
  • David Tracey, who came to Nova Scotia in 1750
  • Thomas Tracey, who was on record in St. John's, Newfoundland, in 1767 [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Seary E.R., Family Names of the Island of Newfoundland, Montreal: McGill's-Queen's Universtity Press 1998 ISBN 0-7735-1782-0
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Tracey Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century

  • Daniel Tracey, who was on record at St. John's, Newfoundland in 1805 [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Seary E.R., Family Names of the Island of Newfoundland, Montreal: McGill's-Queen's Universtity Press 1998 ISBN 0-7735-1782-0
  • Margaret Tracey, aged 26, arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick in 1834 aboard the brig "Trafalgar" from Galway, Ireland
  • Michael Tracey, aged 26, a labourer, arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick in 1834 aboard the brig "Charlotte" from Cork, Ireland

Tracey Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • William Tracey, a hatter, arrived in Van Diemenís Land (now Tasmania) sometime between 1825 and 1832
  • Arthur Tracey, a smith, arrived in Van Diemenís Land (now Tasmania) sometime between 1825 and 1832
  • Frances Tracey, aged 19, a servant, arrived in South Australia in 1854 aboard the ship "Taymouth Castle"
  • Mark Tracey, aged 45, arrived in South Australia in 1854 aboard the ship "Pestonjee Bomanjee"
  • Mark J. Tracey, aged 22, arrived in South Australia in 1854 aboard the ship "Pestonjee Bomanjee"
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Tracey Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • Francis Tracey a farmer, arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Sir George Grey" in 1864
  • Anne Tracey, aged 16, a domestic servant, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Waipa" in 1876
  • James Tracey, aged 21, a farm labourer, arrived in Westland aboard the ship "Gainsborough" in 1878
  • Patrick Tracey arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Triumph" in 1883
  • Anne Tracey arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Triumph" in 1883

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Contemporary Notables of the name Tracey (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Tracey (post 1700)



  • Sean Patrick Tracey (b. 1980), American former professional baseball right-handed pitcher
  • Patricia Ann Tracey (b. 1950), the first American woman to be promoted to the rank of vice admiral
  • Charles Tracey (1847-1905), U.S. Representative from New York
  • John Joseph Tracey (1933-1978), American football linebacker
  • John Plank Tracey (1836-1910), American Republican politician, U.S. Representative from Missouri 7th District, 1895-97; Member of Missouri State House of Representatives, 1903-04
  • John B. Tracey, American politician, Mayor of Taunton, Massachusetts, 1906-07
  • Jill Tracey, American Republican politician, Delegate to Republican National Convention from Iowa, 1972
  • Herbert L. Tracey, American Democrat politician, Candidate for Connecticut State House of Representatives from Canterbury, 1922
  • Charles Tracey (1847-1905), American Democrat politician, U.S. Representative from New York, 1887-95; Defeated, 1894; Delegate to Democratic National Convention from New York, 1896
  • Katherine Tracey, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from New Jersey, 1940
  • ... (Another 13 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Tracey Historic Events


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Tracey Historic Events




HMS Repulse

  • Mr. Percy Tracey, British Stoker, who sailed into battle on the HMS Repulse and survived the sinking

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Citations


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Citations



  1. ^ Seary E.R., Family Names of the Island of Newfoundland, Montreal: McGill's-Queen's Universtity Press 1998 ISBN 0-7735-1782-0

Other References

  1. Matthews, John. Matthews' American Armoury and Blue Book. London: John Matthews, 1911. Print.
  2. Donovan, George Francis. The Pre-Revolutionary Irish in Massachusetts 1620-1775. Menasha, WI: Geroge Banta Publsihing Co., 1932. Print.
  3. Crozier, William Armstrong Edition. Crozier's General Armory A Registry of American Families Entitled to Coat Armor. New York: Fox, Duffield, 1904. Print.
  4. Robb H. Amanda and Andrew Chesler. Encyclopedia of American Family Names. New York: Haper Collins, 1995. Print. (ISBN 0-06-270075-8).
  5. Colletta, John P. They Came In Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
  6. Grehan, Ida. Dictionary of Irish Family Names. Boulder: Roberts Rinehart, 1997. Print. (ISBN 1-57098-137-X).
  7. Weis, Frederick Lewis, Walter Lee Sheppard and David Faris. Ancestral Roots of Sixty Colonists Who Came to New England Between 1623 and 1650 7th Edition. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0806313676).
  8. Magnusson, Magnus. Chambers Biographical Dictionary 5th edition. Edinburgh: W & R Chambers, 1990. Print.
  9. Rasmussen, Louis J. . San Francisco Ship Passenger Lists 4 Volumes Colma, California 1965 Reprint. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1978. Print.
  10. 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).
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The Tracey Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Tracey 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.

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