Tolliver History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Early Origins of the Tolliver family

The surname Tolliver was first found in Huntingdon, where they were descended from Taillefer of Normandy, jester to King William, Duke of Normandy, who asked the Duke for a favor at Hastings. Telfer put his horse to the gallop charging before all the rest to the amazement of the English soldiers. "A name of great antiquity. The exploits of the noble jouglere Taillefer at the battle of Hastings are well-known. William, Count of Angoulesme, in a battle against the Northmen engaged their king Storis, and with one stroke of his sword Durissima, forged by the great Wayland Smith, cut in two his body and cuirass. Hence he acquired the sobriquet of Taillefer, or 'cut iron.' " [1] He was granted lands in Huntingdon, but was invited by David, Earl of Huntingdon, later to be King of Scotland, to attend him in Scotland and was granted lands in Lanarkshire.

Early History of the Tolliver family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Tolliver research. Another 73 words (5 lines of text) covering the years 1150, 1500, 1643 and 1683 are included under the topic Early Tolliver History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Tolliver Spelling Variations

Spelling variations of this family name include: Telfer, Talfer, Telford, Telpher, Talifero, Tailyefer, Telfair and many more.

Early Notables of the Tolliver family (pre 1700)

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Ireland Migration of the Tolliver family to Ireland

Some of the Tolliver family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
Another 57 words (4 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.


United States Tolliver migration to the United States +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Tolliver Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
  • Isaac Tolliver, aged 48, who settled in America, in 1905
  • John Tolliver, aged 2, who immigrated to the United States, in 1921
  • Henry A. Tolliver, aged 17, who immigrated to the United States, in 1921
  • Marie Tolliver, aged 45, who immigrated to America, in 1921
  • Lee Tolliver, aged 37, who landed in America, in 1924

Contemporary Notables of the name Tolliver (post 1700) +

  • William D. Tolliver, American Republican politician, Chair of Clay County Republican Party, 2002 [2]
  • Vincent Tolliver, American Democrat politician, Candidate for U.S. Representative from Arkansas 4th District, 1996 [2]
  • Harry J. Tolliver, American politician, Mayor of Lodi, California, 1950-52 [2]
  • Stanley Eugene Tolliver Sr. (1925-2011), African-American attorney, civil rights activist, and radio talk show host
  • Melba Tolliver (b. 1939), American journalist and former New York City news anchor and reporter
  • Mose Ernest Tolliver (1920-2006), African-American folk artist
  • Anthony Tolliver (b. 1985), American professional NBA basketball player
  • Billy Joe Tolliver (b. 1966), former American NFL football player
  • Charles Tolliver (b. 1942), American jazz trumpeter and composer


  1. ^ Lowe, Mark Anthony, Patronymica Britannica, A Dictionary of Family Names of the United Kingdom. London: John Russel Smith, 1860. Print.
  2. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2016, October 21) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html


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