England in the 11th century wave of migration that was set off by the Norman Conquest of 1066. Tolly comes from the Norman given name Tollet.
Early Origins of the Tolly family
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 Tolly family
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Tolly Spelling Variations
hundred years ago, spelling variations of names were a common occurrence. Elements of Latin, Norman French and other languages became incorporated into English throughout the Middle Ages, and name spellings changed even among the literate. The variations of the surname Tolly include Tollet, Tolle, Tolley, Tolly, Tollie, Tollye, Tulet, Tullet and many more.
Early Notables of the Tolly family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Tolly family to the New World and Oceana
In England at this time, the uncertainty of the political and religious environment of the time caused many families to board ships for distant British colonies in the hopes of finding land and opportunity, and escaping persecution. The voyages were expensive, crowded, and difficult, though, and many arrived in North America sick, starved, and destitute. Those who did make it, however, were greeted with greater opportunities and freedoms that they could have experienced at home. Many of those families went on to make important contributions to the young nations in which they settled. Early immigration records have shown some of the first Tollys to arrive on North American shores:
Tolly Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
Tolly Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
Contemporary Notables of the name Tolly (post 1700)
The Tolly 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.
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