Tracey History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The oldest instances of the Tracey surname in Ireland come from an Anglicized form of the Gaelic Ó 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.

Early Origins of the Tracey family

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.

Early History of the Tracey family

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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.

Early Notables of the Tracey family (pre 1700)

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United States Tracey migration to the United States +

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 [1]
  • Stephen Tracey, who arrived in Plymouth, Massachusetts in 1623 [1]
  • 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 settled in 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 [1]
  • James Tracey, aged 45, who arrived in New York in 1812 [1]
  • Thomas Tracey, aged 30, who landed in New York in 1812 [1]
  • John Tracey, aged 29, who landed in Virginia in 1813 [1]
  • William Tracey, who arrived in New York, NY in 1815 [1]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Canada Tracey migration to Canada +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

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 settled in Nova Scotia in 1750
  • Thomas Tracey, who was on record in St. John's, Newfoundland, in 1767 [2]
  • ... (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 [2]
  • Margaret Tracey, aged 26, who arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick in 1834 aboard the brig "Trafalgar" from Galway, Ireland
  • Michael Tracey, aged 26, a labourer, who arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick in 1834 aboard the brig "Charlotte" from Cork, Ireland
  • Miss. Ann Tracey who immigrated to Canada, arriving at the Grosse Isle Quarantine Station in Quebec aboard the ship "Kenny" departing from the port of Waterford, Ireland but died on Grosse Isle in 1847 [3]
  • Mrs. Ann Tracey, aged 40 who immigrated to Canada, arriving at the Grosse Isle Quarantine Station in Quebec aboard the ship "Larch" departing from the port of Sligo, Ireland but died on Grosse Isle in August 1847 [3]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Australia Tracey migration to Australia +

Emigration to Australia followed the First Fleets of convicts, tradespeople and early settlers. Early immigrants include:

Tracey Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • William Tracey, a hatter, who arrived in Van Diemen’s Land (now Tasmania) sometime between 1825 and 1832
  • Arthur Tracey, a smith, who arrived in Van Diemen’s Land (now Tasmania) sometime between 1825 and 1832
  • Frances Tracey, aged 19, a servant, who arrived in South Australia in 1854 aboard the ship "Taymouth Castle" [4]
  • Mark Tracey, aged 45, who arrived in South Australia in 1854 aboard the ship "Pestonjee Bomanjee" [5]
  • Mark J. Tracey, aged 22, who arrived in South Australia in 1854 aboard the ship "Pestonjee Bomanjee" [5]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

New Zealand Tracey 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:

Tracey Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • Mr. Bernard Tracey, (b. 1840), aged 22, Irish farm labourer from County Tyrone, travelling aboard the ship "Mersey" arriving in Lyttelton, Christchurch, South Island, New Zealand on 25th September 1862 [6]
  • Mr. Edward Tracey, (b. 1842), aged 20, Irish farm labourer from County Tyrone, travelling aboard the ship "Mersey" arriving in Lyttelton, Christchurch, South Island, New Zealand on 25th September 1862 [6]
  • Mr. Edward Tracey, (b. 1826), aged 37, British shoemaker travelling from Gravesend aboard the ship " Lancashire Witch" arriving in Lyttelton, Christchurch, South Island, New Zealand on 13th October 1863 [6]
  • Mrs. Lucy Tracey, (b. 1828), aged 35, British settler travelling from Gravesend aboard the ship " Lancashire Witch" arriving in Lyttelton, Christchurch, South Island, New Zealand on 13th October 1863 [6]
  • Francis Tracey a farmer, who arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Sir George Grey" in 1864
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Contemporary Notables of the name Tracey (post 1700) +

  • Doreen Isabelle Tracey (1943-2018), English-born, American actress who appeared on the original Mickey Mouse Club television show from 1955 to 1958
  • 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
  • Spencer Bonaventure Tracey (1900-1967), American theatrical and film actor ranked ninth among the Greatest Male Stars of All Time by the American Film Institute [7]
  • John Plank Tracey (1836-1910), American soldier and politician, U.S. Representative from Missouri
  • 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 [8]
  • John B. Tracey, American politician, Mayor of Taunton, Massachusetts, 1906-07 [8]
  • Jill Tracey, American Republican politician, Delegate to Republican National Convention from Iowa, 1972 [8]
  • ... (Another 16 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

HMS Repulse
  • Mr. Percy Tracey, British Stoker, who sailed into battle on the HMS Repulse and survived the sinking [9]


  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)
  2. ^ Seary E.R., Family Names of the Island of Newfoundland, Montreal: McGill's-Queen's Universtity Press 1998 ISBN 0-7735-1782-0
  3. ^ Charbonneau, André, and Doris Drolet-Dubé. A Register of Deceased Persons at Sea and on Grosse Île in 1847. The Minister of Canadian Heritage, 1997. ISBN: 0-660-198/1-1997E (p. 58)
  4. ^ South Australian Register Thursday 4th May 1854. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) Taymouth Castle 1854. Retrieved http://www.theshipslist.com/ships/australia/taymouthcastle1854.shtml.
  5. ^ South Australian Register Wednesday 15th March 1854. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) Pestonjee Bomanjee 1854. Retrieved http://www.theshipslist.com/ships/australia/hyderabad1854.shtml.
  6. ^ New Zealand Yesteryears Passenger Lists 1800 to 1900 (Retrieved 17th October 2018). Retrieved from http://www.yesteryears.co.nz/shipping/passlist.html
  7. ^ Spencer Tracey. (Retrieved 2010, September 27) Spencer Tracey. Retrieved from http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Spencer_Tracy
  8. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, October 26) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html
  9. ^ HMS Repulse Crew members. (Retrieved 2014, April 9) . Retrieved from http://www.forcez-survivors.org.uk/biographies/listrepulsecrew.html


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