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The ancestral home of the Tonne family was in the German state of Bavaria. Tonne is a local name for a person who lived in or near a forest. This name was originally derived from the German word tan, which means forest.

Tonne Early Origins



The surname Tonne was first found in Franconia, where the name came from humble beginnings but gained a significant reputation for its contribution to the emerging mediaeval society. It later became more prominent as many branches of the same house acquired distant estates and branches, some in foreign countries, always elevating their social status by their great contributions to society.

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Tonne Spelling Variations


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Tonne Spelling Variations



In the medieval era, many different cultural groups lived in the German states. There are thus many regional variations of German surnames from that era. Westphalians spoke Low German, which is similar to modern Dutch. Many German names carry suffixes that identify where they came from. Others have phrases attached that identify something about the original bearer. Other variations in German names resulted from the fact that medieval scribes worked without the aid of any spelling rules. The spelling variations of the name Tonne include Tann, Tan, Tanner, Taner, Tanns, Tans, Tanne and many more.

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Tonne Early History


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Tonne Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Tonne research. Another 315 words (22 lines of text) covering the years 1160, 1176, 1572, 1632, and 1704 are included under the topic Early Tonne History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Tonne Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Tonne Early Notables (pre 1700)



Another 42 words (3 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Tonne 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



Between the mid-17th and mid-20th centuries, German settlers arrived in North America by the thousands. Persecution based on religion and poverty were great motivators in this large-scale migration. So too was the opportunity for tenant farmers to own their own land. Ample land and opportunity awaited the settlers who went to such states as Pennsylvania, Texas, New York, Illinois, and California, as well as Ontario and the prairie provinces of Canada. Research into the origins of individual families in North America revealed records of the immigration of a number of people bearing the name Tonne or a variant listed above:

Tonne Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • Richard Tonne, who landed in Virginia in 1649

Tonne Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Maria Tonne, aged 16, who settled in America, in 1894

Tonne Settlers in United States in the 20th Century

  • Max Tonne, aged 17, who landed in America from Riga, in 1905
  • Robert Tonne, who emigrated to the United States, in 1907
  • Fredsine Tonne, aged 23, who landed in America from Kehun, Denmark, in 1908
  • Wilhelm Tonne, aged 30, who settled in America from Strassburg, in 1909
  • Henry Tonne, aged 53, who emigrated to the United States, in 1911
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Contemporary Notables of the name Tonne (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Tonne (post 1700)



  • Russia Tonne, born Russia Hardy, American actress
  • Wolfgang Tonne (1918-1943), German Luftwaffe fighter ace, recipient of the Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross with Oak Leaves

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Citations


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Citations



    Other References

    1. Götze, Alfred. Familiennamen im badischen Oberland. Heidelberg: C. Winter, 1918. Print.
    2. Nied, Edmund. Fraenkische Familiennamen urkundlich gesammelt und sprachlich gedeutet. Heidelberg: C. Winter, 1933. Print.
    3. Kneschke, Dr. Ernest Heinrich. Neues allgemeines Deutsches Adels-Lexicon 9 Volumes New General German Aristocracy Lexicon. Leipzig: Friedrich Voigt, 1859. Print.
    4. Strassburger, Ralph B. German Pioneers The Original Lists of Arrivals in the Port of Philadelphia 3 Volumes. Baltimore: Picton Press, 1992. Print. (ISBN 978-0929539980).
    5. Rolland, and H.V. Rolland. Illustrations to the Armorial general by J. B. Rietstap 6 volumes in 3. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1976. Print.
    6. Schenk, Trudy. Wuerttemberg Emigration Index Volume I-VIII. Salt Lake City: Ancestry Inc., 1986. Print.
    7. Colletta, John P. They Came In Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
    8. Kapff, Rudolf. Schwäbische Geschlechtsnamen. Stuttgart: Verlag Silberburg, 1927. Print.
    9. Robb H. Amanda and Andrew Chesler. Encyclopedia of American Family Names. New York: Haper Collins, 1995. Print. (ISBN 0-06-270075-8).
    10. Göbel, Otto. Niederdeutsche Familiennamen der Gegenwart Wolfshagen-Schäbentz. Franz: Westphal, 1936. Print.
    11. ...

    The Tonne Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Tonne 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 14 July 2014 at 22:17.

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