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Throughout history, very few Irish surnames have exclusively maintained their original forms. Before being translated into English, Toner appeared as O Tomhrair. The surname Toner is derived from the Norse forename Tomar, which was the name of a Scandinavian king of Dublin during the 10th century. Nevertheless, the Toner family is distinctly Gaeli c. It was common practice for Irish men who married women of Norse stock to baptize their children by a Norse name.

Toner Early Origins



The surname Toner was first found in Derry, where they were anciently descended from the Cenel Eoghain (the Clann Owen) which had held lands in Tyrone and Derry for over a thousand years.

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Toner Spelling Variations


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Toner Spelling Variations



People who were accounted for by scribes and church officials often had their name recorded many different ways because pronunciation was the only guide those scribes and church officials had to go by. This resulted in the problem of one person's name being recorded under several different variations, creating the illusion of more than one person. Among the many spelling variations of the surname Toner that are preserved in archival documents are Toner,Tonry and others.

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Toner Early History


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Toner Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Toner research. Another 318 words (23 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Toner History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Toner Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Toner Early Notables (pre 1700)



More information is included under the topic Early Toner Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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The Great Migration


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The Great Migration



A great mass of Ireland's native population left the island in the 19th century, seeking relief from various forms of social, religious, and economic discrimination. This Irish exodus was primarily to North Ameri ca. If the migrants survived the long ocean journey, many unfortunately would find more discrimination in the colonies of British North America and the fledgling United States of America. These newly arrived Irish were, however, wanted as a cheap source of labor for the many large agricultural and industrial projects that were essential to the development of what would become two of the wealthiest nations in the western world. Early immigration and passenger lists indicate many people bearing the Toner name:

Toner Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Arthur Toner, who was naturalized in Westmoreland County, Pennsylvania in 1810
  • Bryant Toner, who was listed as a British Alien in the United States during the War of 1812
  • Bryant Toner, aged 22, landed in New York in 1812
  • Francis Toner, who arrived at the port of Philadelphia in 1816
  • Meredith Toner, who arrived in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1818
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Toner Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century

  • Michael Toner, aged 25, a labourer, arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick in 1833 aboard the brig "Dorcas Savage" from Belfast, Ireland
  • James Toner, who arrived in Quebec in 1854

Toner Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • Peter Toner, aged 22, a farm servant, arrived in South Australia in 1851 aboard the ship "Lysander"
  • Elizabeth Toner, aged 31, a servant, arrived in South Australia in 1851 aboard the ship "Lysander"

Toner Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • Patrick Toner arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Portland" in 1864
  • Mary Toner arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Portland" in 1864
  • Ann Toner, aged 20, arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Queen of Nations" in 1874
  • William Toner, aged 24, a farm labourer, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Rakaia" in 1879
  • Martha Toner, aged 22, a domestic servant, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Rakaia" in 1879
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Contemporary Notables of the name Toner (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Toner (post 1700)



  • Elizabeth "Bessie" Toner, American motion picture and theater actress
  • Michael E. Toner, American attorney and political appointee
  • Roberta 'Robin' Denise Toner (1954-2008), American journalist
  • James J. "Jimmy" Toner (b. 1940), American Thoroughbred racehorse trainer
  • John L. Toner (b. 1923), American former college football head coach and athletic director
  • Tyler Toner, American professional mixed martial arts fighter
  • Robin Toner (1954-2008), American journalist for The New York Times
  • Michael E Toner, American bureaucrat, member of the Federal Election Commission (2002)
  • Niall Toner (b. 1944), Irish Bluegrass musician, song-writer and radio broadcaster
  • Joseph Samuel Toner (1894-1954), Irish professional footballer
  • ... (Another 7 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Toner Historic Events


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Toner Historic Events




RMS Lusitania

  • Mr. Francis "Frank" Toner, Irish Fireman from Liverpool, England, who worked aboard the RMS Lusitania and survived the sinking

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Toner Family Crest Products


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Citations


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Citations



    Other References

    1. Matthews, John. Matthews' American Armoury and Blue Book. London: John Matthews, 1911. Print.
    2. Browning, Charles H. Americans of Royal Descent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
    3. Vicars, Sir Arthur. Index to the Prerogative Wills of Ireland 1536-1810. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co. Print.
    4. Passenger Lists of Vessels Arriving at Galveston Texas 1896-1951. National Archives Washington DC. Print.
    5. Grehan, Ida. Dictionary of Irish Family Names. Boulder: Roberts Rinehart, 1997. Print. (ISBN 1-57098-137-X).
    6. Bullock, L.G. Historical Map of Ireland. Edinburgh: Bartholomew and Son, 1969. Print.
    7. Crozier, William Armstrong Edition. Crozier's General Armory A Registry of American Families Entitled to Coat Armor. New York: Fox, Duffield, 1904. Print.
    8. Tepper, Michael Ed & Elizabeth P. Bentley Transcriber. Passenger Arrivals at the Port of Philadelphia 1800-1819. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co., 1986. Print.
    9. Colletta, John P. They Came In Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
    10. Woulfe, Rev. Patrick. Irish Names and Surnames Collected and Edited with Explanatory and Historical Notes. Kansas City: Genealogical Foundation, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-940134-403).
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    The Toner Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Toner Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

    This page was last modified on 4 April 2016 at 09:39.

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