Origin of the Name Tarpey
family history was found in the allfamilycrests.com archives.
Over the centuries Surnames developed a wide number of variants. Different spellings of the same name can be traced back to an original root. Additionally when a bearer of a name emigrated it was not uncommon that their original name would be incorrectly transcribed in the record books at their new location. Surnames were also often altered over the years based on how they sounded phonetically and depending on the prevailing political conditions it may have been advantageous to change a name from one language to another.
Variants of the name Tarpey
include Tarpie and Torpey. These Irish names are derived from the Gaelic O'Tarpaigh sept that was located in Connaught Province. A sept or clan was a collective term describing a group of persons whose immediate ancestors bore a common surname and inhabited the same territory. Their original territory was Farranyharpy in North Connacht, in the parish of Skreen, County Sligo. An early record of the name dates from the year 1200 in the person of a Connmach O'Tarpy, who was Bishop of Leyney. Many references of the sept can be found in mediaeval records relating to County Sligo. By the seventeenth century they had spread beyond Sligo and throughout Connacht Province. Another sept of the name were of the Corca Laoidhe. In Munster Province O'Tarpaigh was more often anglicized as Torpey rather than Tarpey. In modern times this name is still found mostly in its original territory.
The Tarpey coat of arms came into existence centuries ago. The process of creating coats of arms (also often called family crests) began in the eleventh century although a form of Proto-Heraldry may have existed in some countries prior to this. The new art of Heraldry made it possible for families and even individual family members to have their very own coat of arms, including all Tarpey descendants.