Anglo-Saxon culture of England. It comes from the personal name Thomas. Tollesen 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.
Early Origins of the Tollesen family
Durham where they were Lords of the manor of Gateshead from ancient times.
Early History of the Tollesen family
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Tollesen Spelling Variations
spelling variations, including Tomlinson, Thomlinson and others.
Early Notables of the Tollesen family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Tollesen family to the New World and Oceana
To escape the unstable social climate in England of this time, many families boarded ships for the New World with the hope of finding land, opportunity, and greater religious and political freedom. Although the voyages were expensive, crowded, and difficult, those families that arrived often found greater opportunities and freedoms than they could have experienced at home. Many of those families went on to make significant contributions to the rapidly developing colonies in which they settled. Early North American records indicate many people bearing the name Tollesen were among those contributors: Edward Tomlinson who settled in Virginia in 1637; along with Joanne, and John; Mathew Tomlinson settled in St. Christopher in 1635; Peter Tomlinson settled in Barbados in 1635.
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