The surname Tonks was first found in Nottingham where they held a family seat as Lords of the Manor, some say, about the time of the Norman Conquest in 1066 A.D. One of the first on record was Sir Walter Tonkes or Tonke who lived in 1250 in Nottingham.
Early History of the Tonks family
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Tonks Spelling Variations
Spelling variations of this family name include: Tonks, Tonk, Tonke, Toncks, Tonckes, Tonck and others.
Early Notables of the Tonks family (pre 1700)
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Emigration to New Zealand followed in the footsteps of the European explorers, such as Captain Cook (1769-70): first came sealers, whalers, missionaries, and traders. By 1838, the British New Zealand Company had begun buying land from the Maori tribes, and selling it to settlers, and, after the Treaty of Waitangi in 1840, many British families set out on the arduous six month journey from Britain to Aotearoa to start a new life. Early immigrants include:
Tonks Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
Enoch Tonks, who landed in Wellington, New Zealand in 1842 aboard the ship "Birman"
G Tonks, who landed in Wellington, New Zealand in 1842 aboard the ship "Birman"
W Tonks, who landed in Wellington, New Zealand in 1842 aboard the ship Birman
William Tonks, aged 35, a miner, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Birman" in 1842
Jane Tonks, aged 36, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Birman" in 1842
^ Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)