Family names as given names

It is a fairly common practise in the Bann Valley families to use a surname of a mother or a grandparent as a christian name. So we find Torrens not infrequently used as a forename, indicating a probable link from that family to a Torrens family. And of course, other family names used as Torrens given names. Some families even liked the idea so much they used other surnames simply as a tribute - though this is less common.

Indeed, such common forenames as Alexander, Archibald, Samuel and others probably crossed from surname to forename - but may have been forenames even before that!

This page lists those names so linked as we discover them.


Bolton
Eileen Bolton Torrens 1933.03.02 - 1972.11.28 parents John Torrens and Ethel Louisa Bolton. In tree Hugh of Mayoughill
Boyd
Torrens Boyd, born Lismoyle, Swatragh 1838; ord. an RP minister and was in several congregations inc. Ringras, Dromara, Knockbracken. He died 19 May 1925; had married Mary Simms, Tamlaght, co Derry (more likely to be Tamlaght O'Crilly, rather than Tamlaght, Agahdowey) and had six daughters who all died in infancy and one son William Simpson Boyd.
Brown
Nancy Brown Torrens 1881.09.11 - 1958.12. Parents William John Torrens and Jeanie Reid Pedan. Family tradition here - William's father was Robert Browne Torrens.!
Robert Brown Torrens 1921.10.03 - 1991.03.18. Parents David Torrens and Isabella Kirkpatrick. Tree Samuel of Culnamen
Robert Browne Torrens 1850 - 1939.11.27. Parents David Torrens and Nancy Browne. David's father was Robert Browne Torrens.
Connolly
David Torrens Connolly. Living. Parents Robert William Connolly and Elizabeth Toye Torrens. See also Toye, above. Tree Samuel of Culnamen
Dickey
Robert Torrens Dickey living. Parents Robert Dickey and Etsuko Uchiyama. Robert Dickey's parents were Joseph Dickey and Nancy Brown Torrens. Tree Samuel of Culnamen
Dorrens
James Dorrens Torrens 1842.03.27 - 1862.05.22 parents John Torrance and Martha Morrison. John's parents were James Torrance and Anne Dorrance. Tree Hugh of Mayoughill
Dunlop
Elizabeth Dunlop Torrens abt 1883 - 1957.01.19. Parents James Gilmour "Sam's Jim" Torrens and Nancy Jackson. Dunlop connection not known, could be Nancy's mother. Tree Samuel of Culnamen
Emerson
Isabella Emerson Torrens 1887.06.04 - 1975.04.20. Parents Robert Browne Torrens and Elizabeth (Lizzie) Toye. Emerson connection unknown, but this family liked the idea!
Fleming
William Torrens Fleming. Living. Parents David Fleming and (Margaret) Ann Torrens. Tree Samuel of Culnamen
Gault
Muriel Gault Torrens living. Parents John Torrens and Elizabeth "Lizzie" Haliday. Origin of Gault not known, but most likely from Elizabeth. Tree Samuel of Culnamen
Gilmore
James Gilmour "Sam's Jim" Torrens. AFT 1851 - 1920.11.03. Parents Samuel J Torrens and Elizabeth Gilmour. Tree Samuel of Culnamen

Torrens Gilmore 1869 - 1911 parents James Gilmore and Nancy Miller. Nancy's parents were Thomas Miller and Nancy / Agnes Torrance. In tree Hugh of Mayoughill

James Gilmour Torrens. 1923.05.31 - unknown. Parents James Torrens and Matilda McIlhatten. Jame's father was the above James G T.

Rebecca Gilmour Torrens 1878.01.22 - 1971.10.28. Parents Robert Browne Torrens and Elizabeth (Lizzie) Toye. Family includes Isabella Emerson Torrens and James Wilson Torrens.
William James Gilmour Torrens ABT 1932 - unknown. Parents David Torrens and Isabella Kirkpatrick. The closest Gilmour seems to be David's mother's mother!
Hall
David Torrens Hall Parents John Hall and Sarah Jane Torrens. Tree Samuel of Culnamen
James Torrens Hall. ABT 1855 - AFT 1901. Parents James Hall and Elizabeth Torrens. Tree Samuel of Culnamen
Halliday
John Halliday "Jackie" Torrens living. Parents John Torrens [9] Elizabeth "Lizzie" Haliday. Tree Samuel of Culnamen
Hamilton
Jonathan Torrens Hamilton living. Parents George Walter Hamilton and Vera Steiner Jackson Torrens. Tree Samuel of Culnamen
Hazlett
William Samuel Torrens Hazlett - 1986 - living. Parents: David Samuel Hazlett and Elizabeth Leighton. David's parents were Samuel Hazlett and Margaret Elizabeth Torrens. Tree Hugh of Mayoughill
Jameson
Robert Jameson Torrens 1853.02.10 - 1896.08.07. Parents John Torrance and Martha Morrison. Martha's parents were John Morrison and Martha Ranken. It's not clear where the Jameson came from but this family includes John Morrison Torrens, James Dorrens Torrens, Hugh Ranken Torrens so they just liked the idea! Tree Hugh of Mayoughill
Jamison
Matilda "Tillie" Torrens Jamison. Parents David Jamison and Agnes Jackson Stewart Agnes parents were Thomas Stewart and Elizabeth Dunlop Torrens. Tree Samuel of Culnamen
Johnson
Nevin Johnson "Sticky" Torrens. Parents Thomas Nevin Torrens and Jemma Johnson. Tree Samuel of Culnamen
Kennedy
Anne Kennedy Torrens. 1880.04.24 - 1973.05.07. Parents Samuel Torrens and Mary Jane Woodburn. Samuel's parents were Samuel Torrance and Nancy Kennedy. Tree Hugh of Mayoughill
Kirkpatrick
John Kirkpatrick Torrens1924.04.07 - 1986.12.01. Parents David Torrens and Isabella Kirkpatrick. Tree Samuel of Culnamen
James Kirkpatrick Torrens living. Parents John Kirkpatrick Torrens and Eleanor Thompson Cochrane Ussher.
Lincoln
Robert Lincoln Torrens 1914.01.27 - 1995.07.04. Parents: Robert Gordon Torrens and Erviette Miller Coons. An American line so no family connection! Tree Hugh of Mayoughill
Lyttle
James Torrens Lyttle. 1836.03.04 - (not known). Parents Samuel Lyttle and Margaret Torrance. Tree Hugh of Mayoughill
McDowell
Andrew Torrens McDowell living. Parents Westley McDowell and (Florence) Patricia Torrens. Tree Samuel of Culnamen
Merrick
Hugh Merrick Torrens. 1886.07.03 - 9.1919. Parents Robert Jameson Torrens and Elizabeth "Jenny" Long. No Merrick connection is known. Tree Hugh of Mayoughill
Morrison
John Morrison Torrens. 1840.01.25 - 1910.11.13. Parents John Torrance and Martha Morrison but see Robert Jameson Torrens above.
McFetrich
Torrens McFetrich ABT 1828 - 1911.07.22. Parents Alexander McFetrich and Jane Torrance. Tree Hugh of Mayoughill
Pedan
Mary Edith Pedan Torrens1928.10.01 - ??. Parents William John Torrens and Jeanie Reid Pedan. Tree Samuel of Culnamen
Rickerbee
Mary Torrens Rickerbee 1912.02.21 - unknown. Parents Thomas Rickerbee and Alice Eveline Mary "May" Torrens. Tree Hugh of Mayoughill
Ranken
Hugh Ranken Torrens 1845.02.09 - 1932.12.31. Parents John Torrance and Martha Morrison. See Robert Jameson Torrens above.
Smyth
David Smyth Torrens1853 - 1937.05.06. Parents David Torrens and Ann Woods. Tree Samuel of Culnamen
David Smyth Torrens ?? - 1967.11.24. Parents David Smyth Torrens (above) and Margaret Hogg.
Paul Hugh Torrens Smyth living. Parents William "Billy" Smyth and Jennifer Ann Torrens. Tree Samuel of Culnamen
Smyth Torrence 1795 - 1887.01.10. Parents Samuel Torrens and Mary Ann unknown (assumed to be Smyth). Tree Samuel of Culnamen

Smyth Torrence bap: 1836 - unknown. Parents Smyth Torrens (above) and Mary Kennedy.

Samuel Smyth Torrence ABT 1807 - unknown. Parents Alexander Torrens and Mary Kennedy. Alexander's father was the above Samuel Torrens, who is believed to have married twice, first to a Miss Wilson (Alexander's father) then to Mary Ann above.
Thompson
Robert Thompson Torrens 1907.08.23 - 1989.06.22. Parents Dr Hugh Ranken Torrens and Harriet Thompson. Tree Hugh of Mayoughill
Toye
Elizabeth Toye Torrens 1929.09.07 - ??. Parents David Torrens and Isabella Kirkpatrick. David's parents were Robert Browne Torrens and Elizabeth (Lizzie) Toye. Tree Samuel of Culnamen
Elizabeth Toye (Lily) Torrens 1927.02.02 - 1940. Parents William John Torrens and Jeanie Reid Pedan. William's parents were Robert Browne Torrens and Elizabeth (Lizzie) Toye. Tree Samuel of Culnamen
Ussher
(John) Ussher Michael Torrens living. Parents John Kirkpatrick Torrens and Eleanor Thompson Cochrane Ussher. Tree Samuel of Culnamen
John Ussher Torrens living. Parents (Thomas) David Torrens and Rosemary Lynn. David's parents were John Kirkpatrick Torrens and Eleanor Thompson Cochrane Ussher. Tree Samuel of Culnamen
Wilson
James Wilson Torrence ABT 1780 - 1873.10.27. Parents Samuel Torrens and Miss Wilson. Tree Samuel of Culnamen
Thomas Wilson Torrens ABT 1908 - 1996.03.31. Parents David Smyth Torrens and Margaret Hogg. Was a gt. grandson to the above James Wilson Torrence.
John Alexander Torrens Wilson. Living. Parents John Wilson and Margaret "Evelyn" Isobel McAleese, whose parents were Thomas Alexander McAleese and Annie Margaretta "Nettie" Torrens
Woodburn
William Woodburn Torrens. 1887.09.23 - 1959.01.20. Parents Samuel Torrens and Mary Jane Woodburn. Tree Hugh of Mayoughill
Woodman
Cecil Woodman Torrens. Still living. Parents John Morrison "Jack" Torrens and Sarah Emma Devine. His uncle was a George Woodman Devine 1874 - unknown. There is a tenuous Woodman connection as the Devines changed their name from Woodman. See note against John Devine in tree Hugh of Mayoughill.
Wyatt
Collin Wyatt Torrens living. Parents Kevin Thomas Torrens and Elizabeth S Melear. No known Wyatt connection - it's an American family.
Clark
David Clark Torrens 1880 - 1948.09.15. Parents Robert Torrens and Elizabeth Torrens. Clark connection not known. Tree Samuel of Culnamen

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