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The oldest instances of the Tracy 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 Tracy 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.

Tracy Early Origins



The surname Tracy 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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Tracy Spelling Variations


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Tracy Spelling Variations



A single person's name was often spelt simply as it sounded by medieval scribes and church officials. An investigation into the specific origins the name Tracy has revealed that such a practice has resulted in many spelling variations over the years. A few of its variants include: Tracey, Tracy, Treacy, Trassey, Trasey, O'Tracy, O'Trasey, Tracye and many more.

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Tracy Early History


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Tracy Early History



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

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Tracy Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Tracy Early Notables (pre 1700)



Another 28 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Tracy 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



In the 1840s, Ireland experienced a mass exodus to North America due to the Great Potato Famine. These families wanted to escape from hunger and disease that was ravaging their homeland. With the promise of work, freedom and land overseas, the Irish looked upon British North America and the United States as a means of hope and prosperity. Those that survived the journey were able to achieve this through much hard work and perseverance. Early immigration and passenger lists revealed many bearing the name Tracy:

Tracy Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • Stephen Tracy and Tryphosa Tracy, who came to Plymouth Massachusetts in 1621
  • Stephen Tracy, who landed in Massachusetts in 1623
  • Robert Tracy, who landed in Virginia in 1653
  • Robert and Mary Tracy, who settled in Virginia in 1654
  • Samuel Tracy, who landed in Maryland in 1670
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Tracy Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Alexander Tracy, who landed in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1710-1711
  • John Tracy, who landed in Boston, Massachusetts in 1768

Tracy Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Margaret Tracy, aged 2, landed in New York, NY in 1803
  • Rose Tracy, aged 32, arrived in New York, NY in 1803
  • James Tracy, aged 30, arrived in New York, NY in 1803
  • Hugh Tracy, who landed in New York, NY in 1811
  • Mary Tracy, who arrived in New York, NY in 1816
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Tracy Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century

  • Patrick Tracy, who arrived in Canada in 1813
  • Bridget Tracy, who arrived in Nova Scotia in 1825
  • George Tracy, who arrived in Canada in 1831
  • Joseph Tracy, aged 20, arrived in Quebec in 1833
  • Thomas Tracy, who landed in Nova Scotia in 1835
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Tracy Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • Mary Tracy, aged 19, a servant, arrived in South Australia in 1855 aboard the ship "Glentanner"

Tracy Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • William Robert Tracy arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Asterope" in 1865
  • Bridget Tracy arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Asterope" in 1865

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Contemporary Notables of the name Tracy (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Tracy (post 1700)



  • Frank W. Tracy, American politician, First Selectman of Preston, Connecticut, 1888
  • Fred Edson Tracy (b. 1865), American Republican politician, Member of Vermont State House of Representatives from Belvidere, 1910
  • Frederick Palmer Tracy, American Republican politician, Delegate to Republican National Convention from California, 1860
  • Gardner Tracy, American politician, Member of New York State Assembly from Rensselaer County, 1821-22
  • George Bentley Tracy, American politician, U.S. Vice Consul in Nueva Gerona, 1924
  • George M. Tracy (b. 1880), American Democrat politician, Member of Connecticut State House of Representatives from Derby, 1915-16, 1919-20
  • Harold Tracy, American Republican politician, Alternate Delegate to Republican National Convention from Washington, 1960
  • Henry Wells Tracy (1807-1886), American Republican politician, Member of Pennsylvania State House of Representatives, 1861-62; U.S. Representative from Pennsylvania 13th District, 1863-65; U.S. Collector of Customs, 1866
  • Howard E. Tracy, American Republican politician, Presidential Elector for Nebraska, 1972
  • J. Sedgwick Tracy (b. 1873), American Republican politician, Candidate for Connecticut State House of Representatives from Canaan
  • ... (Another 68 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Suggested Readings for the name Tracy


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Suggested Readings for the name Tracy



  • Genealogies of the Tracy-Tanner Families, And Other Genealogies by Mathew J. Tracy.
  • An Ormsbee Odyssey: The Ancestry of Reverend Oliver Amos Ormsbee of Palto, Texas Co., Missouri.

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Citations


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Citations



    Other References

    1. Browning, Charles H. Americans of Royal Descent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
    2. Kennedy, Patrick. Kennedy's Book of Arms. Canterbury: Achievements, 1967. Print.
    3. Vicars, Sir Arthur. Index to the Prerogative Wills of Ireland 1536-1810. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co. Print.
    4. Fairbairn. Fairbain's book of Crests of the Families of Great Britain and Ireland, 4th Edition 2 volumes in one. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1968. Print.
    5. Bullock, L.G. Historical Map of Ireland. Edinburgh: Bartholomew and Son, 1969. Print.
    6. MacLysaght, Edward. The Surnames of Ireland 3rd Edition. Dublin: Irish Academic, 1978. Print. (ISBN 0-7165-2278-0).
    7. Grehan, Ida. Dictionary of Irish Family Names. Boulder: Roberts Rinehart, 1997. Print. (ISBN 1-57098-137-X).
    8. Read, Charles Anderson. The Cabinet of Irish Literature Selections from the Works of the Chief Poets, Orators and Prose Writers of Ireland 4 Volumes. London: Blackie and Son, 1884. Print.
    9. Woodham-Smith, Cecil. The Great Hunger Ireland 1845-1849. New York: Old Town Books, 1962. Print. (ISBN 0-88029-385-3).
    10. MacLysaght, Edward. Irish Families Their Names, Arms and Origins 4th Edition. Dublin: Irish Academic, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-7165-2364-7).
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    The Tracy Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Tracy 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 11 August 2016 at 22:03.

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