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Origins Available: English, Irish

Where did the English Toher family come from? What is the English Toher family crest and coat of arms? When did the Toher family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Toher family history?

Toher is an old Anglo-Saxon name that was given to a person who was a fuller, whose job it was to scour and thicken raw cloth by beating it and trampling it in water having derived from the Old English word tucian, which originally meant to torment and later gained the meaning to tuck or to full. Occasionally, the name Toher was a nickname surname given to a courageous person.

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The English language only became standardized in the last few centuries; therefore, spelling variations are common among early Anglo-Saxon names. As the form of the English language changed, even the spelling of literate people's names evolved. Toher has been recorded under many different variations, including Tucker, Tooker, Toker, Tokker and others.

First found in Devon where they held a family seat from very ancient times.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Toher research. Another 243 words(17 lines of text) covering the years 1741, 1565, 1623, 1601, 1614, 1592, 1664, 1654, 1664, 1625 and 1676 are included under the topic Early Toher History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Another 125 words(9 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Toher Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Some of the Toher family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 37 words(3 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products.

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For many English families, the political and religious disarray that shrouded England made the far away New World an attractive prospect. On cramped disease-ridden ships, thousands migrated to those British colonies that would eventually become Canada and the United States. Those hardy settlers that survived the journey often went on to make important contributions to the emerging nations in which they landed. Analysis of immigration records indicates that some of the first North American immigrants bore the name Toher or a variant listed above:

Toher Settlers in the United States in the 19th Century


  • John Toher, aged 24, landed in New York in 1812

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  • Dan Toher, Irish born guitarist and musician


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The Toher Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Toher Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

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