Tollison History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms 

The name Tollison is from the ancient Anglo-Saxon culture of the Britain and comes from the personal name Thomas. Tollison is a patronymic surname, which belongs to the category of hereditary surnames. This surname came out of the religious given name tradition, and derived from the personal name Thomas, which means twin. Thomas was a popular name, owing to its biblical origins. [1]

Early Origins of the Tollison family

The surname Tollison was first found in Durham where they were Lords of the manor of Gateshead from ancient times.

By the time of the Edward I (1312-1377), John Tomelyn and John Thomelyn were both listed in Somerset. [2] Later, in the Yorkshire Poll Tax Rolls of 1379, Robert Thomelynsone and Henricus Thomlynson were listed. [3]

Important Dates for the Tollison family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Tollison research. Another 153 words (11 lines of text) covering the years 1811, 1617, 1681, 1668 and 1748 are included under the topic Early Tollison History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Tollison Spelling Variations

The first dictionaries that appeared in the last few hundred years did much to standardize the English language. Before that time, spelling variations in names were a common occurrence. The language was changing, incorporating pieces of other languages, and the spelling of names changed with it. Tollison has been spelled many different ways, including Tomlinson, Thomlinson and others.

Early Notables of the Tollison family (pre 1700)

Notables of the family at this time include Matthew Thomlinson or Tomlinson (1617-1681), an English soldier who fought for Parliament in the English Civil War, he was a regicide of Charles I, but escaped punishment at the Restoration...
Another 38 words (3 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Tollison Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Tollison migration to the United States

Thousands of English families in this era began to emigrate the New World in search of land and freedom from religious and political persecution. Although the passage was expensive and the ships were dark, crowded, and unsafe, those who made the voyage safely were rewarded with opportunities unavailable to them in their homeland. Research into passenger and immigration lists has revealed some of the very first Tollisons to arrive in North America:

Tollison Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • Brunell Tollison, who arrived in Maryland in 1668 [4]
Tollison Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
  • Lilian Tollison, aged 26, who arrived in America from Truro, England, in 1908
  • H. Tollison, aged 42, who arrived in New York, in 1920

Contemporary Notables of the name Tollison (post 1700)

  • Grady Tollison Jr., American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Mississippi, 1980 [5]
  • Gray Tollison (b. 1996), American politician, Member of the Mississippi Senate
  • Robert D. Tollison (b. 1942), American economist and author who specializes in public choice theory

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Citations

  1. ^ Lowe, Mark Anthony, Patronymica Britannica, A Dictionary of Family Names of the United Kingdom. London: John Russel Smith, 1860. Print.
  2. ^ Dickinson, F.H., Kirby's Quest for Somerset of 16th of Edward the 3rd London: Harrison and Sons, Printers in Ordinary to Her Majesty, St, Martin's Lane, 1889. Print.
  3. ^ Bardsley, C.W, A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6)
  4. ^ Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
  5. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2016, October 21) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html
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