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The name Toney was brought to England by the Normans when they conquered the country in 1066. The ancestors of the Toney family lived in Leicestershire. Their name, however, is a reference to Toni, Normandy, the family's place of residence prior to the Norman Conquest of England in 1066.

Toney Early Origins



The surname Toney was first found in Leicestershire where Ralph de Toni received lands of the Lordship of Belvoir for his services as Standard bearer at Hastings in 1066 A.D.

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Toney Spelling Variations


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Toney Spelling Variations



It is only in the last few hundred years that the English language has been standardized. For that reason, Anglo-Norman surnames like Toney are characterized by many spelling variations. Scribes and monks in the Middle Ages spelled names they sounded, so it is common to find several variations that refer to a single person. As the English language changed and incorporated elements of other European languages such as Norman French and Latin, even literate people regularly changed the spelling of their names. The variations of the name Toney include Tone, Toney and others.

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Toney Early History


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Toney Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Toney research. Another 227 words (16 lines of text) covering the year 1763 is included under the topic Early Toney History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Toney Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Toney Early Notables (pre 1700)



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

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Toney In Ireland


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Toney In Ireland



Some of the Toney family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 89 words (6 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included 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



Faced with the chaos present in England at that time, many English families looked towards the open frontiers of the New World with its opportunities to escape oppression and starvation. People migrated to North America, as well as Australia and Ireland in droves, paying exorbitant rates for passages in cramped, unsafe ships. Many of the settlers did not make the long passage alive, but those who did see the shores of North America were welcomed with great opportunity. Many of the families that came from England went on to make essential contributions to the emerging nations of Canada and the United States. Some of the first immigrants to cross the Atlantic and come to North America carried the name Toney, or a variant listed above:

Toney Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • James Toney, who arrived in New York, NY in 1841
  • J T Toney, who landed in San Francisco, California in 1850
  • Patrick Toney arrived in Philadelphia in 1876
  • John Toney arrived in Philadelphia in 1877

Toney Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • John Toney, aged 28, a gardener, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Clifton" in 1842
  • Hannah Toney, aged 4, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Clifton" in 1842

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Contemporary Notables of the name Toney (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Toney (post 1700)



  • Oscar Toney (b. 1939), American soul singer
  • Anthony Toney (b. 1962), former professional American football running back
  • Fred Toney (1888-1953), American right-handed pitcher
  • Andrew Toney (b. 1957), American former NBA professional basketball player
  • Kevin Kraig Toney (b. 1953), American jazz keyboardist
  • James "Lights-Out" Toney (b. 1968), professional boxer

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Suggested Readings for the name Toney


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Suggested Readings for the name Toney



  • The Toney Family History by Elma Henning.

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Toney Family Crest Products


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See Also


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Citations


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Citations



    Other References

    1. The Norman People and Their Existing Descendants in the British Dominions and the United States Of America. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1975. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0636-X).
    2. Browning, Charles H. Americans of Royal Descent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
    3. Magnusson, Magnus. Chambers Biographical Dictionary 5th edition. Edinburgh: W & R Chambers, 1990. Print.
    4. Zieber, Eugene. Heraldry in America. Philadelphia: Genealogical Publishing Co. Print.
    5. Le Patourel, John. The Norman Empire. New York: Oxford University Press, 1976. Print. (ISBN 0-19-822525-3).
    6. Crispin, M. Jackson and Leonce Mary. Falaise Roll Recording Prominent Companions of William Duke of Normandy at the Conquest of England. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
    7. Innes, Thomas and Learney. The Tartans of the Clans and Families of Scotland 1st Edition. Edinburgh: W & A. K. Johnston Limited, 1938. Print.
    8. Burke, Sir Bernard. General Armory Of England, Scotland, Ireland and Wales. Ramsbury: Heraldry Today. Print.
    9. Filby, P. William and Mary K Meyer. Passenger and Immigration Lists Index in Four Volumes. Detroit: Gale Research, 1985. Print. (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8).
    10. Weis, Frederick Lewis, Walter Lee Sheppard and David Faris. Ancestral Roots of Sixty Colonists Who Came to New England Between 1623 and 1650 7th Edition. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0806313676).
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    The Toney Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Toney 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 22 September 2016 at 16:49.

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