Origin of the Name Terry
The ancient history of the name Terry
was found in the allfamilycrests.com archives. The name Terry can be of both Gaelic and Anglo origin. When of Anglo origin it is derived from the Norman name 'Terri' which in turn is taken from the German 'Theudoric' meaning 'people rule'. After becoming established in England in the eleventh century families bearing the name settled in County Cork in the thirteenth century, after the Strongbow invasion of Ireland in the year 1172. Terry is also of Gaelic origin being derived from the Gaelic Mac Toirdealbhaigh sept that was located in Counties Armagh and Down in Ulster Province.
A sept or clan is a collective term describing a group of persons whose immediate ancestors bore a common surname and inhabited the same territory. Irish septs and clans that are related often belong to even larger groups, sometimes called tribes.
It has a number of anglicized forms there including Turley, Terrence, Terry and is rendered as Curley in Counties Galway and Roscommon.
The Terry 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 Terry descendants.