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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. [1]

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.

By the time of the Edward I (1312-1377), John Tomelyn and John Thomelyn were both listed in Somerset. [2] Later, in the Yorkshire Poll Tax Rolls of 1379, Robert Thomelynsone and Henricus Thomlynson were listed. [3]

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

Notables of the family at this time include Matthew Thomlinson or Tomlinson (1617-1681), an English soldier who fought for Parliament in the English Civil War, he was a regicide of Charles I, but escaped punishment at the Restoration...
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Tolleson Ranking

In the United States, the name Tolleson is the 15,967th most popular surname with an estimated 2,487 people with that name. [4]

Migration of the Tolleson family

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) +

  • Thorborn Ross Tolleson Jr. (1956-2021), American Republican state senator from Perry, Georgia (2005-2015)
  • 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), American Republican state senator from Georgia

  1. Lower, Mark Anthony, Patronymica Britannica, A Dictionary of Family Names of the United Kingdom. London: John Russel Smith, 1860. Print.
  2. Dickinson, F.H., Kirby's Quest for Somerset of 16th of Edward the 3rd London: Harrison and Sons, Printers in Ordinary to Her Majesty, St, Martin's Lane, 1889. Print.
  3. Bardsley, C.W, A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6)
  4. "What are the 5,000 Most Common Last Names in the U.S.?"., on Facebook