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The history of the Tonge family name begins after the Norman Conquest of 1066. They lived in Yorkshire, at Tongue (Tonge). However, as a habitational name, in can also be found in Lancashire, Shropshire, and West Yorkshire as many believe the name to be a topographic name for someone who lived on a tongue of land.

Tonge Early Origins



The surname Tonge was first found in Yorkshire where they held a family seat as Lords of the Manor of Manningham in that shire. There does not appear to be a record of the village of Maningham at the taking of the Domesday Book in 1086 A.D. so it must be assumed that it emerged as a manor about the 12th century. About 1400 the Tongs were well established at Manningham. Today Tonge Hall is a Grade II listed Elizabethan manor house in Tonge, Middleton, Greater Manchester, England. It is thought to have been built by the family c. 1584. Tonge is also a township, in the parish of Prestwichcum-Oldham, union of Oldham, hundred of Salford in the historical county of Lancashire. "It is probable that the family of Tonge gave name to this place, which in the 43rd of Elizabeth was possessed by a member of it named Christopher Tonge." [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.
Tonge with Haulgh was home to another branch of the family from ancient times. "In the reign of John, lands were held here by Gilbert de Tonge." [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.

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Tonge Spelling Variations


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Tonge Spelling Variations



Anglo-Norman names are characterized by a multitude of spelling variations. When the Normans became the ruling people of England in the 11th century, they introduced a new language into a society where the main languages of Old and later Middle English had no definite spelling rules. These languages were more often spoken than written, so they blended freely with one another. Contributing to this mixing of tongues was the fact that medieval scribes spelled words according to sound, ensuring that a person's name would appear differently in nearly every document in which it was recorded. The name has been spelled Tongues, Tongue, Tong, Tonge and others.

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Tonge Early History


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Tonge Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Tonge research. Another 311 words (22 lines of text) covering the years 1400, 1600, 1621 and 1680 are included under the topic Early Tonge History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Tonge Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Tonge Early Notables (pre 1700)



Another 34 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Tonge Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Tonge In Ireland


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Tonge In Ireland



Some of the Tonge family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 35 words (2 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



For many English families, the political and religious disarray that plagued their homeland made the frontiers of the New World an attractive prospect. Thousands migrated, aboard cramped disease-ridden ships. They arrived sick, poor, and hungry, but were welcomed in many cases with far greater opportunity than at home in England. Many of these hardy settlers went on to make important contributions to the emerging nations in which they landed. Among early immigrants bearing the name Tonge or a variant listed above were:

Tonge Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • Connise Tonge, who arrived in Virginia in 1666

Tonge Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Christopher Tonge, aged 40, landed in New York in 1812
  • Thomas Tonge, who landed in Colorado in 1883
  • Edward Tonge, aged 17, who settled in America from Bolton, in 1893
  • Elizabeth Tonge, aged 2, who landed in America from Bolton, in 1897

Tonge Settlers in United States in the 20th Century

  • Edwin B Tonge, aged 7, who emigrated to the United States from Manchester, in 1901
  • Harold Tonge, aged 24, who landed in America from Manchester, in 1906
  • Marjory Tonge, aged 1, who landed in America from Manchester, in 1906
  • Harold Tonge, aged 22, who settled in America from Farnworth, England, in 1907
  • Florence Bessie Tonge, aged 27, who emigrated to America from Birmingham, England, in 1908
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Tonge Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century

  • Mr. Joshua Tonge U.E. who settled in St. Mary's Bay, Digby County, Nova Scotia c. 1784 he served in the Loyalist Regiment [2]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Rubincam, Milton. The Old United Empire Loyalists List. Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc, 1976. (Originally published as; United Empire Loyalists. The Centennial of the Settlement of Upper Canada. Rose Publishing Company, 1885.) ISBN 0-8063-0331-X

Tonge Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • Annie Tonge, aged 27, arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Rangitikei" in 1884

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Contemporary Notables of the name Tonge (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Tonge (post 1700)



  • William Tonge (1862-1943), English cricketer who played two matches for Gloucestershire in 1880
  • Philip Asheton Tonge (1897-1959), English actor, known for his roles in Witness for the Prosecution (1957), Miracle on 34th Street (1947) and Hans Christian Andersen (1952)
  • Dale Tonge (b. 1985), English professional footballer
  • Michael William Eric Tonge (b. 1983), English footballer who plays as a midfielder for Stevenage
  • Grizelda Elizabeth Cottnam Tonge (1803-1825), Canadian pet from Nova Scotia
  • Winckworth Tonge (1727-1792), Irish-born, Canadian soldier, land owner and politician who represented Cumberland County from 1759 to 1760, King's County from 1765 to 1783 and Hants County from 1785 to 1792 in the Nova Scotia House of Assembly
  • Lister Tonge AKC (b. 1951), British clergyman, Dean of Monmouth since 2012
  • Roger Tonge (1946-1981), British actor
  • William Cottnam Tonge (1764-1832), Canadian judge and politician who represented Hants County from 1793 to 1799 and from 1806 to 1811 and Newport township from 1799 to 1806 in the Nova Scotia House of Assembly
  • Arthur Tonge (1887-1963), Australian politician who was member of the New South Wales Legislative Assembly between 1926 and 1932 and from 1935 to 1962
  • ... (Another 3 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Citations


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Citations



  1. ^ Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.
  2. ^ Rubincam, Milton. The Old United Empire Loyalists List. Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc, 1976. (Originally published as; United Empire Loyalists. The Centennial of the Settlement of Upper Canada. Rose Publishing Company, 1885.) ISBN 0-8063-0331-X

Other References

  1. Colletta, John P. They Came In Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
  2. Hinde, Thomas Ed. The Domesday Book England's Heritage Then and Now. Surrey: Colour Library Books, 1995. Print. (ISBN 1-85833-440-3).
  3. Virkus, Frederick A. Ed. Immigrant Ancestors A List of 2,500 Immigrants to America Before 1750. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1964. Print.
  4. Papworth, J.W and A.W Morant. Ordinary of British Armorials. London: T.Richards, 1874. Print.
  5. Markale, J. Celtic Civilization. London: Gordon & Cremonesi, 1976. Print.
  6. Hitching, F.K and S. Hitching. References to English Surnames in 1601-1602. Walton On Thames: 1910. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0181-3).
  7. Magnusson, Magnus. Chambers Biographical Dictionary 5th edition. Edinburgh: W & R Chambers, 1990. Print.
  8. Burke, John Bernard Ed. The Roll of Battle Abbey. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  9. Lennard, Reginald. Rural England 1086-1135 A Study of Social and Agrarian Conditions. Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1959. Print.
  10. Bede, The Venerable. Historia Ecclesiatica Gentis Anglorum (The Ecclesiastical History Of the English People). Available through Internet Medieval Sourcebook the Fordham University Centre for Medieval Studies. Print.
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The Tonge Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Tonge 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.

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