Origins Available: English
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. CITATION[CLOSE]
Hanks, Patricia and Flavia Hodges, A Dictionary of Surnames. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1988. Print. (ISBN 0-19-211592-8)
Occasionally, the name Toher was a nickname
surname given to a courageous person.
Early Origins of the Toher family
The surname Toher was first found in Devon
where they held a family seat
from very ancient times.
Early History of the Toher family
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 and printed products wherever possible.
Toher Spelling Variations
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.
Early Notables of the Toher family (pre 1700)
Notables of the family at this time include Admiral Thomas Tucker; Giles Tooker (c 1565-1623), an English lawyer and politician who sat in the House of Commons between 1601 and 1614; Edward Tooker (c.
1592-1664), an... Another 35 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Toher Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Toher family to Ireland
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 and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Toher family to the New World and Oceana
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 United States in the 19th Century
- John Toher, aged 24, who landed in New York in 1812 CITATION[CLOSE]
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)
Toher Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century
- Owen Toher, who settled in Saint John, New Brunswick in 1847
Contemporary Notables of the name Toher (post 1700)
- Dan Toher, Irish born guitarist and musician