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Tracey Surname Origin
(Locality). A village in the Department of Oise, France. E. Tracy came with William the Conqueror into England. Sir William Tracy was most active among the four knights that killed Thomas à Becket, on which account tradition reports, it is imposed on the Tracys for miraculous penance, that whether they go by land or water, the wind is always in their faces, hence an old saying, 'The Tracys have always the wind in their faces.' 'If this were so,' says Dr. Fuller, 'it were a favor in a hot summer to the females of that family, and would spare them the use of a fan.' The word may signify a rampart, a terrace.
Source: An Etymological Dictionary of Family and Christian Names With an Essay on their Derivation and Import; Arthur, William, M.A.; New York, NY: Sheldon, Blake, Bleeker & CO., 1857.
Tracey Surname Meaning and Family Facts
There is more to Tracey family history than the origin of your surname:
A Tracey Family History Thought:
'I saw behind me those who had gone, and before me, those who were to come. I looked back and
saw my father, and his father, and all our fathers, and in front, to see my son, and his son, and the
sons upon sons beyond.
And their eyes were my eyes.
As I felt, so they had felt, and were to feel, as then, so now, as tomorrow and forever.
Then I was not afraid, for I was in a long line that had no beginning, and no end, and the hand of his father grasped my father's hand, and his hand was in mine, and my unborn son took my right hand, and all, up and down the line that stretched from Time That Was, to Time That Is, and Is Not Yet, raised their hands to show the link, and we found that we were one...' --Richard Llewellyn in How Green Was My Valley