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Tolleson History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms



The name Tolleson was spawned by the ancient Anglo-Saxon culture that ruled a majority of Britain. It comes from the personal name Thomas. Tolleson 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 Tolleson family


The surname Tolleson was first found in Durham where they were Lords of the manor of Gateshead from ancient times.

Early History of the Tolleson family


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Tolleson Spelling Variations


Tolleson has been spelled many different ways. Before English spelling became standardized over the last few hundred years, spelling variations in names were a common occurrence. As the English language changed in the Middle Ages, absorbing pieces of Latin and French, as well as other languages, the spelling of people's names also changed considerably, even over a single lifetime. Many variations of the name Tolleson have been found, including Tomlinson, Thomlinson and others.

Early Notables of the Tolleson family (pre 1700)


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Migration of the Tolleson family to the New World and Oceana


In an attempt to escape the chaos experienced in England, many English families boarded overcrowded and diseased ships sailing for the shores of North America and other British colonies. Those families hardy enough, and lucky enough, to make the passage intact were rewarded with land and a social environment less prone to religious and political persecution. Many of these families became important contributors to the young colonies in which they settled. Early immigration and passenger lists have documented some of the first Tollesons to arrive on North American shores: 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.

Contemporary Notables of the name Tolleson (post 1700)


  • Wayne Tolleson (b. 1955), American Major League Baseball player
  • Steven Tolleson (b. 1983), American Major League Baseball player, son of Wayne Tolleson
  • Gina Marie Tolleson, American model, Miss World 1990
  • Ross Tolleson (b. 1956), Republican state senator from Georgia

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