The history of the name Tollemache goes back those Anglo-Saxon
tribes that once ruled over Britain. Such a name was given to a person who habitually wore a knapsack or other type of pack carried on the back. The surname Tollemache is derived from the Old French word talemache,
which means knapsack. Nickname
surnames often referred to the bearer's favored style of clothing.
Early Origins of the Tollemache family
The surname Tollemache was first found in Suffolk
where, according to Doctor Bosworth, they were amongst the first Angles that settled in Suffolk
. On their manor house at Bentley, near Ipswich there was the following inscription "Before the Normans
came, Bentley was my seat, and Tollemache was my name." CITATION[CLOSE]
Lowe, Mark Anthony, Patronymica Britannica, A Dictionary of Family Names of the United Kingdom. London: John Russel Smith, 1860. Print.
Early History of the Tollemache family
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Tollemache Spelling Variations
Sound was what guided spelling in the essentially pre-literate Middle Ages, so one person's name was often recorded under several variations during a single lifetime. Also, before the advent of the printing press and the first dictionaries, the English language was not standardized. Therefore, spelling variations
were common, even among the names of the most literate people. Known variations of the Tollemache family name include Talmach, Talmage, Talmash, Tammadge, Tammage, Tallemach, Tollemache, Tolmage and many more.
Early Notables of the Tollemache family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Tollemache family to the New World and Oceana
Some of the first settlers of this family name were:
Tollemache Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
- Algernon Gray Tollemache, aged 48, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Lady Nugent" in 1850
Contemporary Notables of the name Tollemache (post 1700)
- The Reverend Ralph William Lyonel Tollemache MA, JP (1826-1895), British clergyman in the Church of England
- Sir Humphrey Tollemache,
- Timothy John Edward Tollemache (b. 1939), 5th Baron Tollemache
- Baron Wilbraham Frederic Tollemache (1832-1904), British Conservative Member of Parliament
- Baron John Jervis Tollemache (1805-1890), British Conservative Member of Parliament
The Tollemache 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: Confido conquiesco
Motto Translation: I trust and am contented.