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An Irish Family History
Origins, history and genealogy of the Tracey/Tracy/Treacy family name in Ireland.
The Irish name Tracey is derived from the native Irish O'Treasaigh Septs. The name is taken from the Irish word "treasach" meaning "war-like" or "fighter".  It may also be derived from the Irish word for three.
Variations on the name
There were numerous variations of the name but in modern times usually only the following forms are found: Tracey, Tracy, Treacey and Treacy in English and Ó Treasaigh (masculine), Ní Threasaigh (feminine) in Irish. The English spelling of the name appears to be inter-changeable and different variations can be found within a family or even for an individual. When tracing ancestors all spelling of the name should be checked. For convenience the spelling Tracey is used on this website. Usually, the spelling Treacy is particular to Ireland. The following are the variations that have been found:
Surnames: McTressy, O'Tracy, O'Trassy, O'Treacy, O'Tressy , Tracey, Traci, Tracy, Tracye, Trasey, Trasie, Trassey, Trassy, Trasy, Treacy, Treacey, Treacye, Treasy, Treassey, Tressy, Trissey.
Gaelic spelling: Ó Treasaigh (masculine), Ní Threasaigh (feminine), ua Tresaigh, Uí Threasaigh, Uí Treasaigh, uí Treassaich.
Ancient spellings: Thresaigh, Thressaich, T[r]easaigh, Treasaighi, Treassach, Tresach, Tresaich, Tresaig, Tresaigh, Tressach, Tressaich, Tressaig, Tressaigh, Tresuig.
Christian names: Treasach, Tressach (masculine) and Tressa, Trása, Teresa, Treasa (feminine).
Place Names
There are also a number of place names derived from the name:
In Donegal, there is Carntressy (Templecarn).
In Kildare, there are Baltracey (Celbridge) and Baltracey and Newtown Baltracey (Naas).
In Kilkenny, there is Kiltrassy (Callan).
In Waterford, there is Treacy's Hill (Kilmacthomas).
In Wexford, there are Ballytracey (Enniscorthy) and Tracystown (New Ross).
Historical References
The following contain references to the Traceys:
1000 to 1625 AD O'Tracy Genealogy (Irish Genealogy Office Ms 159)
1303 The Red Book of Ormond
1593-1860 Students of Trinity College Dublin
1607- Wild Geese
1605 Irish Statue Stable Book
1607-1867 King's Inns Admission Papers
1636 Books of Survey and Distribution
1642 to 1850? Pedigree of the Tracy Family, from the first Lord Viscount Tracy to Martin Tracy Esq. of Streamstown in the County of Westmeath, in Ireland, the gt. grandson of the Honble. Judge Tracy of the Common Pleas, in England, the claimant to the title, of and Baron Tracy of Rathcoole in the County of Dublin and Kingdom of Ireland. Ms 31,774 National liberary of Ireland.
1659 Census
1708-1832 Registry of Deeds
1732 Convert Rolls
1771-1812 Walkers Hibernian Magazine
1780-1868 Ireland-Australia Transportation Database
1783-1802 Freeholders Northern Ireland
1787-1854 British War Office
1796 Irish Flax Growers
1850 Griffiths Valuation in Ireland
- Alphabetical
- by County
Birth Register in Ireland
Alphabetical List
1864 1865 1866 1867 1868 1869
1870 1871 1872 1873 1874 1875 1876 1877 1878 1879
1880 1881 1882 1883 1884 1885
1876 Landowners
1912 Ulster Convenant
The earliest reference to emigration to America, was a transport list to Virginia North America:
1653 Robert Tracy
1653 Robert Tracye
1654 Mary Tracy
1654 Robert Trasey
1655 Teague Trassey
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Last updated: 7th October 2004
Dedicated to Mel Tracey