Origin of the Name Torrance
The ancient history of the name Torrance
was found in the allfamilycrests.com archives. Variants of Torrance include Drennan, Skehan, Torrens, Dreinan, Drinane, Drinan, Drynan and Tarrant. This Gaelic sept belonged to the Siol Anmchadha and were located in the Barony of Longford in County Galway.
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.
This name is found from very early times and in the Four Masters the death is recorded of Gillachiarain O'Draighnen at Fore in the year 1163. There are two placenames called Ballydrinan in Tipperary and Kildare and a noteable person of the name was the United Irishman Dr. William Drennan, (1754-1820). Anglicized variants of this Irish name include Torrance and Torrens and one of the latter was a famous Australian (1814-1884) who simplified the land title registration known as the Torrens System. He was born in County Cork and the River Torrens in South Australia is named after him.
The Torrance 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 Torrance descendants.