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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
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A Tracey Family History Thought:
'In all of us there is a hunger, marrow-deep, to know our heritage - to know who we are and where we have come from. Without this enriching knowledge, there is a hollow yearning. No matter what our attainments in life, there is still a vacuum. An emptiness. And the most disquieting loneliness.' --Alex Haley