Tolley History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms
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Tolley is a name that was brought to England by the ancestors of the Tolley family when they emigrated following the Norman Conquest of 1066. The name Tolley comes from the Norman given name Tollet.
Early Origins of the Tolley family
The surname Tolley was first found in Staffordshire where they held a family seat, some say from about the 12th century. The name was derived from Tollet, a Norman noble who entered England after the Norman Conquest in 1066. The earliest recorded instance of the name appears to be of Walter Tulet in the 1219 in the Pipe Rolls for Northumberland. Other early references show Robert Tuylet in 1295 in Cornwall, and Robert Tuliet in 1361 in the Feet of Fines for Essex.
Early History of the Tolley family
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Tolley Spelling Variations
Before the last few hundred years the English language had no fixed system of spelling rules. For that reason, spelling variations occurred commonly in Anglo Norman surnames. Over the years, many variations of the name Tolley were recorded, including Tollet, Tolle, Tolley, Tolly, Tollie, Tollye, Tulet, Tullet and many more.
Early Notables of the Tolley family (pre 1700)
Outstanding amongst the family at this time was Jethro Tull (1674-1741), an English agricultural pioneer born in Basildon, Berkshire who helped bring about the British Agricultural Revolution, he perfected a horse-drawn seed drill in 1701 that economically sowed the seeds in neat rows, eponym of the British...
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Tolley migration to the United States +
The unstable environment in England at this time caused numerous families to board ships and leave in search of opportunity and freedom from persecution abroad in places like Ireland, Australia, and particularly the New World. The voyage was extremely difficult, however, and only taken at great expense. The cramped conditions and unsanitary nature of the vessels caused many to arrive diseased and starving, not to mention destitute from the enormous cost. Still opportunity in the emerging nations of Canada and the United States was far greater than at home and many went on to make important contributions to the cultures of their adopted countries. An examination of many early immigration records reveals that people bearing the name Tolley arrived in North America very early:
Tolley Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
- Charles Tolley, who arrived in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1830
- Edith Tolley, aged 19, who landed in America from Wales, in 1893
Tolley Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
- George Hy Tolley, aged 42, who immigrated to the United States from Keywood England, in 1908
- Miss Tolley, who immigrated to the United States from Heywood England, in 1908
- Sarah Tolley, aged 32, who landed in America from Birmingham, England, in 1910
- Veronica Tolley, aged 11, who immigrated to the United States from Kitterminster, England, in 1911
- Cyril W. Tolley, aged 10, who settled in America from Kitterminster, England, in 1911
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Tolley migration to Canada +
Some of the first settlers of this family name were:
Tolley Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century
- Mr. Edward Tolley, (b. 1835), aged 20, Cornish settler, from Redruth, Cornwall, UK departing from Falmouth destined for Quebec, Canada aboard the ship "Barque John" on 3rd May 1855 which sank after striking the reef, he survived the sinking 
- Miss Harriett Tolley, (b. 1835), aged 20, Cornish settler, from Redruth, Cornwall, UK departing from Falmouth destined for Quebec, Canada aboard the ship "Barque John" on 3rd May 1855 which sank after striking the reef, she died in the sinking 
Tolley migration to Australia +
Emigration to Australia
followed the First Fleets
of convicts, tradespeople and early settlers. Early immigrants include:
Tolley Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
- Matthew Tolley, aged 21, a labourer, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Sea Queen" in 1850 
Tolley migration to New Zealand +
Emigration to New Zealand followed in the footsteps of the European explorers, such as Captain Cook (1769-70): first came sealers, whalers, missionaries, and traders. By 1838, the British New Zealand Company had begun buying land from the Maori tribes, and selling it to settlers, and, after the Treaty of Waitangi in 1840, many British families set out on the arduous six month journey from Britain to Aotearoa to start a new life. Early immigrants include:
Tolley Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
- William Tolley, aged 27, who arrived in Lyttelton, New Zealand aboard the ship "Apelles" in 1874
Contemporary Notables of the name Tolley (post 1700) +
- William Tolley, American Republican politician, Candidate for U.S. Representative from Florida, 1988 (11th District), 1990 (11th District), 1992 (15th District) 
- Ova H. Tolley, American Democrat politician, Postmaster at Dunbar, West Virginia, 1963-72 (acting, 1963-65) 
- John D. Tolley, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Tennessee, 1888 
- Harold Sumner Tolley (1894-1956), American Republican politician, U.S. Representative from New York 34th District, 1925-27 
- Bert H. Tolley, American Republican politician, Candidate for Michigan State House of Representatives from Macomb County 1st District, 1958 
- Rear Admiral Kemp Tolley (1908-2000), American officer in the U.S. Navy and is the author of three books
- Jerry Russell Tolley (b. 1942), American football coach, educator and politician
- Robert Lee Tolley (1892-1972), American football quarterback for the Sewanee Tigers
- Harold Sumner Tolley (1894-1956), American Republican politician, Member of the U.S. House of Representatives from New York (1925-1927) 
- Rick Tolley (1940-1970), American football team head coach for Marshall University (1969-1970)
- ... (Another 7 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)
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The Tolley 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: Prudentia in adversis
Motto Translation: Prudence in adversity.
- ^ Cornwall Online Parish Clerks. (Retrieved 3rd May 2018). Retrieved from http://www.opc-cornwall.org/Resc/pdfs/wreck_of_emigrant_ship_john_1855.pdf
- ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) SEA QUEEN 1850. Retrieved http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1850SeaQueen.htm
- ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2016, October 21) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html
- ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2014, December 14) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html