Early Origins of the Tonstall family
The surname Tonstall was first found in Lancashire
, at Tunstall, a parish, in the union of Lancaster, hundred
of Lonsdale south of the Sands. "This is the Tunestalle of the Domesday Survey
. It was early held by a family of the local
name, a member of which, Sir Bryan Tunstall, was killed in the battle of Flodden-Field, and is called in Sir Walter Scott's Marmion, 'the Stainless Knight.' The family occupied Thurland Castle, a place of great antiquity, restored by the present, proprietor." CITATION[CLOSE]
Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.
In 1402 Sir Thomas Tunstall founded the stone castle, when King Henry IV granted him a licence to crenellate. He also rebuilt the local church. In the Civil War, the castle was almost demolished in the siege of 1643, when being held for the King, by Sir John Girlington.
Early History of the Tonstall family
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Tonstall Spelling Variations
Early Notables of the Tonstall family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Tonstall family to the New World and Oceana
Some of the first settlers of this family name were:
Tonstall Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
- Martha Tonstall, who settled in Virginia in 1636
- Martha Tonstall, who landed in Virginia in 1636 CITATION[CLOSE]
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)
The Tonstall Motto
The motto was originally a war cry or slogan. Mottoes first began to be shown with arms in the 14th and 15th centuries, but were not in general use until the 17th century. Thus the oldest coats of arms generally do not include a motto. Mottoes seldom form part of the grant of arms: Under most heraldic authorities, a motto is an optional component of the coat of arms, and can be added to or changed at will; many families have chosen not to display a motto.
Motto Translation: Right.