Tollemyke is a name whose history dates far back into the mists of early British times to the days of the Anglo-Saxon
tribes. It is a name for a person who habitually wore a knapsack or other type of pack carried on the back. The surname Tollemyke 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 Tollemyke family
The surname Tollemyke 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 Tollemyke family
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Tollemyke 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. Tollemyke has been recorded under many different variations, including Talmach, Talmage, Talmash, Tammadge, Tammage, Tallemach, Tollemache, Tolmage and many more.
Early Notables of the Tollemyke family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Tollemyke 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 Tollemyke or a variant listed above: William Tallmarsh settled in Jamaica in 1722; William Talmadge settled in Boston Massachusetts in 1630 with his wife; Thomas Talmadge settled in Salem, Massachusetts with his wife in 1630.
The Tollemyke 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.