I have my family tree back to Samuel Torbert and Elizabeth Lamb who came from Carrickfergus, Ireland to Newtown, PA, in 1726. My father did most of the work on our branch of the Torberts.He says they were from Scotland before Carrickfergus. We have no documentation for that. We do know that they were Presbyterians in Newtown, PA. I would like to know where in Scotland they might have come from. A clan name, Lamont, has come down through generations; however, The name Torbert appears in the Domesday Book, first complete in 1086, by scribes of William the Conqueror. The names are Latinized, so it's Torbertus. They were in several different shires in the south of England. My name research, based on linguistics and name specialists, traces it back to Thorbjiorn. In southeast England around 1000 AD., variations of the name develop: Torbjorn,Torbern, Torber, etc. Danish name specialists say Torbert is a modernization of Thorbjorn.Various European specialists in the 1920s and 1930s suggested Torbert as a hypothetical development of Thorbjorn but said that Torbert doesn't exist anywhere, meaning, in Europe.
Name specialists in England say it is a development from a Norman name, a hybrid name, Thor-brecht, meaning 'the brightness of Thor'. The Scandinavian specialists say it means either Thor's children or Thor's Bears. Normandy, of course was settled by Norsemen form Scandinavian countries before they existed as nations.The people may have come from either ancient Denmark or Norway. They didn't exist as nations then, but various kingdoms. The people with the name Thorbjorn are all over the North Sea in the Sagas.They may have been in England and/or Scotland before those who went to Normandy, and then showed up in England in 1066. It may be that our ancestors came to England and /or Scotland as early as the 800s or 900s either as Vikings or Traders, then went west to the Ulster Plantation in Ireland in the 1600's, then on to the English colonies in 1726; however, another branch headed by Hugh Torbert, showed up in Delaware in 1680.
I got the information from Eugene Torbert.My family also goes back to Samuel and Elizabeth.My grandparents have found information on the immagration of the Torbert's from Scotland to Ireland, but nothing to detailed.