The name Toly was brought to England
by the Normans
when they conquered the country in 1066. It comes from the Norman given name Tollet.
Early Origins of the Toly family
The surname Toly 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
. 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 Toly family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Toly research.Another 211 words (15 lines of text) covering the years 1771, 1771, 1674, 1741, 1701, 1719 and 1718 are included under the topic Early Toly History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Toly Spelling Variations
Before the advent of the printing press and the first dictionaries, the English language was not standardized. Sound was what guided spelling in the Middle Ages, so one person's name was often recorded under several variations during a single lifetime. Spelling variations
were common, even among the names of the most literate people. Known variations of the Toly family name include Tollet, Tolle, Tolley, Tolly, Tollie, Tollye, Tulet, Tullet and many more.
Early Notables of the Toly 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... Another 39 words (3 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Toly Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Toly family to the New World and Oceana
To escape the political and religious chaos of this era, thousands of English families began to migrate to the New World in search of land and freedom from religious and political persecution. The passage was expensive and the ships were dark, crowded, and unsafe; however, those who made the voyage safely were encountered opportunities that were not available to them in their homeland. Many of the families that reached the New World at this time went on to make important contributions to the emerging nations of the United States and Canada. Research into various historical records has revealed some of first members of the Toly family to immigrate North America: Thomas Tollie, who settled in Virginia in 1635; William Tullett, who came to Maryland in 1678; John Tullett, who came to Virginia in 1703; Christopher and Fried Tolle who settled in Texas in 1845.
The Toly 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.