Tracy History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The oldest instances of the Tracy 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 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.

Early Origins of the Tracy family

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.

Early History of the Tracy family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Tracy research. Another 97 words (7 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.

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.

Early Notables of the Tracy family (pre 1700)

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United States Tracy migration to the United States +

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 settled in Plymouth Massachusetts in 1621
  • Stephen Tracy, who landed in Massachusetts in 1623 [1]
  • Robert Tracy, who landed in Virginia in 1653 [1]
  • Robert and Mary Tracy, who settled in Virginia in 1654
  • Samuel Tracy, who landed in Maryland in 1670 [1]
  • ... (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 [1]
  • John Tracy, who landed in Boston, Massachusetts in 1768 [1]
Tracy Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Margaret Tracy, aged 2, who landed in New York, NY in 1803 [1]
  • Rose Tracy, aged 32, who arrived in New York, NY in 1803 [1]
  • James Tracy, aged 30, who arrived in New York, NY in 1803 [1]
  • Hugh Tracy, who landed in New York, NY in 1811 [1]
  • Mary Tracy, who arrived in New York, NY in 1816 [1]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Canada Tracy migration to Canada +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

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, who 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.)

Australia Tracy migration to Australia +

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

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

New Zealand Tracy 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:

Tracy Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • Mr. John Tracy (Tracey), (b. 1839), aged 22, British farm labourer travelling from Bristol aboard the ship "Matoaka" arriving in Lyttelton, Christchurch, South Island, New Zealand on 10th February 1862 [2]
  • William Robert Tracy, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Asterope" in 1865
  • Bridget Tracy, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Asterope" in 1865

Contemporary Notables of the name Tracy (post 1700) +

  • Benjamin Franklin Tracy (1830-1915), United States Army officer, jurist, secretary of the navy, winner of the Congressional Medal of Honor
  • David Tracy (b. 1939), American theologian
  • Spencer Tracy (1900-1967), American film actor, two-time Academy Award-winner
  • Henry Wells Tracy (1807-1886), American politician, U.S. Representatives from Pennsylvania
  • Andrew Tracy (1797-1868), American lawyer and politician, U.S. Representative from Vermont
  • John Tracy (1783-1864), American lawyer and politician, Lieutenant Governor of New York (1833-1838)
  • Lee Tracy (1898-1968), American actor
  • Andrew W. Tracy (1846-1917), American Democrat politician, Physician; Mayor of Meriden, Connecticut, 1892; Defeated, 1890, 1892 [3]
  • Andrew Tracy (1797-1868), American politician, Representative from Vermont 2nd District, 1853-55 [3]
  • Alvah H. Tracy, American Democrat politician, Candidate for Michigan State House of Representatives from Allegan County 1st District, 1910 [3]
  • ... (Another 68 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)


Suggested Readings for the name Tracy +

  • 1060 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.

  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. ^ New Zealand Yesteryears Passenger Lists 1800 to 1900 (Retrieved 17th October 2018). Retrieved from http://www.yesteryears.co.nz/shipping/passlist.html
  3. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, November 18) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html


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