Toley is an ancient Norman name that arrived in England
after the Norman Conquest
of 1066. The name Toley comes from the Norman given name Tollet.
Early Origins of the Toley family
The surname Toley was first found in Staffordshire
where they held a family seat
, some say from about the 12th century. The name was derived from Tollet, a Norman noble who entered England
after the Norman Conquest
in 1066. The earliest recorded instance of the name appears to be of Walter Tulet in the 1219 in the Pipe Rolls
. Other early references show Robert Tuylet in 1295 in Cornwall
, and Robert Tuliet in 1361 in the Feet of Fines for Essex.
Early History of the Toley family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Toley research.Another 211 words (15 lines of text) covering the years 1771, 1771, 1674, 1741, 1701, 1719 and 1718 are included under the topic Early Toley History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Toley Spelling Variations
Anglo-Norman names are characterized by a multitude of spelling variations
. When the Normans
became the ruling people of England
in the 11th century, they introduced a new language into a society where the main languages of Old and later Middle English had no definite spelling rules. These languages were more often spoken than written, so they blended freely with one another. Contributing to this mixing of tongues was the fact that medieval scribes spelled words according to sound, ensuring that a person's name would appear differently in nearly every document in which it was recorded. The name has been spelled Tollet, Tolle, Tolley, Tolly, Tollie, Tollye, Tulet, Tullet and many more.
Early Notables of the Toley family (pre 1700)
Outstanding amongst the family at this time was Jethro Tull (1674-1741), an English agricultural pioneer born in Basildon, Berkshire who helped bring about the British Agricultural Revolution, he perfected a horse-drawn seed drill in 1701 that economically sowed the... Another 39 words (3 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Toley Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Toley family to the New World and Oceana
For many English families, the political and religious disarray that plagued their homeland made the frontiers of the New World an attractive prospect. Thousands migrated, aboard cramped disease-ridden ships. They arrived sick, poor, and hungry, but were welcomed in many cases with far greater opportunity than at home in England
. Many of these hardy settlers went on to make important contributions to the emerging nations in which they landed. Among early immigrants bearing the name Toley or a variant listed above were:
Toley Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
- Jeremiah Toley, who landed in Tippecanoe County, Ind in 1849 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)
The Toley 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: Prudentia in adversis
Motto Translation: Prudence in adversity.