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

Turner is a name that came to England in the 11th century wave of migration that was set off by the Norman Conquest of 1066. Turner is a name for a lathe worker. The surname Turner was originally derived from the Old French verb tourneour, meaning to turn on a lathe. Such a craftsman would have fashioned basically cylindrical objects out of wood, metal, and bone.


Before the advent of the printing press and the first dictionaries, the English language was not standardized. Sound was what guided spelling in the Middle Ages, so one person's name was often recorded under several variations during a single lifetime. Spelling variations were common, even among the names of the most literate people. Known variations of the Turner family name include Turner, Turnerus, Turnor, Turnour, Turnoure and many more.

First found in Oxfordshire in midland England where they held a family seat from shortly after 1066.


This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Turner research. Another 371 words(26 lines of text) covering the years 1180, 1191, 1300, 1500, 1600, 1700, 1585, 1677, 1591, 1672, 1617, 1676, 1707, 1607, 1675, 1638, 1700, 1645, 1714, 1688, 1714, 1615, 1693, 1662, 1663, 1668, 1669, 1623, 1691, 1735 and are included under the topic Early Turner History in all our PDF Extended History products.


Another 301 words(22 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Turner Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.


Some of the Turner family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 101 words(7 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products.


To escape the political and religious chaos of this era, thousands of English families began to migrate to the New World in search of land and freedom from religious and political persecution. The passage was expensive and the ships were dark, crowded, and unsafe; however, those who made the voyage safely were encountered opportunities that were not available to them in their homeland. Many of the families that reached the New World at this time went on to make important contributions to the emerging nations of the United States and Canada. Research into various historical records has revealed some of first members of the Turner family to immigrate North America:

Turner Settlers in the United States in the 17th Century

  • William Turner who settled in Maine in 1607
  • Henry Turner, who settled in Virginia in 1615
  • Robert Turner, who was on record in Virginia in 1619
  • Abraham Turner, who arrived in Plymouth, Massachusetts in 1620
  • John Turner, his wife and two sons arrived in Plymouth in 1620

Turner Settlers in the United States in the 18th Century

  • Andrew Turner, who landed in Virginia in 1701
  • Charles Turner, who landed in Virginia in 1705
  • James Turner, who arrived in Georgia in 1733
  • Alexander Turner, who landed in New England in 1738
  • John Turner and his wife Elizabeth Turner, who arrived at Philadelphia in 1742

Turner Settlers in the United States in the 19th Century

  • Bartlett Turner, who arrived in New York, NY in 1811
  • Bartholomew Turner, aged 27, landed in New York in 1812
  • Cath Turner, who landed in New York, NY in 1812
  • Duncan Turner, who landed in New York in 1820
  • Frederick Turner, who landed in New York in 1849

Turner Settlers in the United States in the 20th Century

  • Alfred Turner, who arrived in Mississippi in 1902
  • Albert Harry Turner, who arrived in Alabama in 1921


  • Kathleen Turner (b. 1954), American movie actress
  • Josiah Turner (1821-1901), American Confederate newspaper editor and politician
  • Herbert Hall Turner (1861-1930), American astronomer
  • Stansfield M. Turner (b. 1923), American Rhodes Scholar and head of CIA from 1977 to 1981
  • Julia Jean Mildred Frances Turner (1920-1995), original name of Lana Turner, the American actress
  • Frederick Jackson Turner (1861-1932), American historian
  • Robert Edward "Ted" Turner III (b. 1938), American businessman, philanthropist, and yachtsman, founder of CNN television in 1980
  • Sergeant Day G Turner (1921-1945), American Army soldier awarded the Congressional Medal of Honor in 1945
  • Private First Class George B Turner (1899-1963), American soldier awarded the Congressional Medal of Honor in 1945
  • Sergeant Harold Leo Turner (1898-1938), United States Army soldier who received the Medal of Honor during World War I



  • Gibson, McCormick, Turner Genealogy by F. McCormick.
  • Meshack Turner III, His Wife Sarah Robey Tucker by Lucille R. Maddox.
  • Book I, Descendants of Benjamin Turner, Mariner, 1721-1985 and Book II, Allied Ancestors and Cousins by Susan Hewitt Pierson.

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The Turner Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Turner 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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