The name Torbay came from a town of the same name in Devonshire, England, called Torquay. The word is, of course, well known, being the old Anglo-Saxon "Tor" which means a tower, and in a secondary way, a tall cone-like mountain, presenting some appearance of a tower. On Mason's map (1625) the name is given as Torbay and on all subsequent maps, also by Abbe Beaudouin in 1696-97.

Torbay was first settled by valiant Devonshire men and named in memory of their beautiful Bay, of the same name. An extract from Bishop Feild's Journal states "indeed there seems to be a little colony of Devon folk in Torbay".

The Torbay population has grown from S.P.G. Report in 1762 of 23 Englishmen, 5 Irish, 8 Women, 9 Boys and 6 Girls to a population today of over 6000.

The community started off as a planters station in 1696 with two family names being the Codners and the Gosses. From this small beginning, today you will find people of Torbay in almost all parts of the world.