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Torr Name Meaning

English:: from Middle English tor(re) ‘rocky peak hill’ (Old English torr). The surname may be topographic for someone who lived on or by a hill or toponymic from a place so named such as Torre the earlier name of Torquay (Devon). The element is especially common in placenames in southwestern England particularly Devon but it is occasionally found in other English regions such as Sussex and Derbyshire. nickname for someone thought to resemble a bull from Old French tor (from Latin taurus).

Source: Dictionary of American Family Names 2nd edition, 2022


Similar surnames: Orr, Torre, Toro, Torp, Hoar, Borr, Tarr, Rohr, Torry, Mohr

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Where is the Torr family from?

You can see how Torr families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Torr family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Torr families were found in United Kingdom in 1891. In 1891 there were 125 Torr families living in Yorkshire. This was about 23% of all the recorded Torr's in United Kingdom. Yorkshire had the highest population of Torr families in 1891.
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What did your Torr ancestors do for a living?

In 1939, Dairy Farmer and Unpaid Domestic Duties were the top reported jobs for men and women in the United Kingdom named Torr. 27% of Torr men worked as a Dairy Farmer and 77% of Torr women worked as an Unpaid Domestic Duties. Some less common occupations for Americans named Torr were Farmer and Domestic Servant. .

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*We display top occupations by gender to maintain their historical accuracy during times when men and women often performed different jobs.

Top Male Occupations In 1939

  • Dairy Farmer
    27%
  • General Labourer
    20%
  • Incapacitated
    10%
  • Farmer
    10%

Top Female Occupations In 1939

  • Unpaid Domestic Duties
    77%
  • Housewife
    3%
  • Housekeeper
    3%
  • Domestic Servant
    3%
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Census Records

There are 17,000 census records available for the last name Torr. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Torr census records can tell you where and how your ancestors worked, their level of education, veteran status, and more.

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Passenger Lists

There are 1,000 immigration records available for the last name Torr. Passenger lists are your ticket to knowing when your ancestors arrived in Australia, and how they made the journey - from the ship name to ports of arrival and departure.

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Draft Cards

There are 2,000 military records available for the last name Torr. For the veterans among your Torr ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Torr lifespan?

Between 1963 and 2004, in the United States, Torr life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1972, and highest in 1999. The average life expectancy for Torr in 1963 was 86, and 75 in 2004.

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