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Tokar History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The ancestors of the first family to use the name Tokar lived among the Pictish people of ancient Scotland. The name Tokar is derived from priest. Although the marriage of clerics in minor orders was permitted, the marriage of priests was banned during the 12th century. The Gaelic form of the name is Mac-an-t-sagairt, which means son of the priest.

Early Origins of the Tokar family

The surname Tokar was first found in Ross-shire (Gaelic: Siorrachd Rois) a former county, now part of the Council Areas of Highland and Western Isles in Northern Scotland, which emerged from the Gaelic lordship of the Earl of Ross, where they held a family seat from early times and their first records appeared on the early census rolls taken by the early Kings of Scotland to determine the rate of taxation of their subjects.

Early History of the Tokar family

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Tokar Spelling Variations

The arts of spelling and translation were yet in their infancies when surnames began, so there are an enormous number of spelling variations of the names in early Scottish records. This is a particular problem with Scottish names because of the numerous times a name might have been loosely translated to English from Gaelic and back. Tokar has been spelled MacTaggart, MacTagart, MacIntaggart, MacTuggart, MacToggart, MacTaggert, MacTeggart, Taggart, Tagart, Tegart, Tegert, Teggert, Teggart, Intaggart, Tuggart and many more.

Early Notables of the Tokar family (pre 1700)

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Migration of the Tokar family to Ireland

Some of the Tokar family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
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Migration of the Tokar family to the New World and Oceana

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Tokar Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century

  • Josef Tokar, who landed in Halifax, Nova Scotia in 1898

Contemporary Notables of the name Tokar (post 1700)

  • Eliot Tokar, American practitioner of Tibetan medicine, author, and lecturer
  • Norman Tokar (1919-1979), American director, known for his work on Leave It to Beaver (1957), Walt Disney's Wonderful World of Color (1954), and The Cat from Outer Space (1978)

The Tokar Motto

The motto was originally a war cry or slogan. Mottoes first began to be shown with arms in the 14th and 15th centuries, but were not in general use until the 17th century. Thus the oldest coats of arms generally do not include a motto. Mottoes seldom form part of the grant of arms: Under most heraldic authorities, a motto is an optional component of the coat of arms, and can be added to or changed at will; many families have chosen not to display a motto.

Motto: Ratione non vi
Motto Translation: By reason, not by force.

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