Origins Available: English
The surname Toone is of Anglo-Saxon
origin. It is derived from the Old English "tun," which originally meant "fence" or "enclosure," but soon came to mean "enclosure round a house," "homestead," "village," or "town." The name was originally preceded by a preposition, and referred to "one who lived in or at the village or town."
Early Origins of the Toone family
The surname Toone was first found in Suffolk
. The written history of the name dates back as far as 1095, when Wistric Oftun was recorded in the records of the abbey at Bury St. Edmunds. Variations on the surname, such as Abothetoune, atte
Tun, and Douninthetune, could also be found in this region at an early date.
Early History of the Toone family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Toone research.Another 217 words (16 lines of text) covering the years 1095, 1275, 1327, 1524, 1583, 1650, 1739, 1816, 1621, 1692, 1640 and 1692 are included under the topic Early Toone History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Toone Spelling Variations
of this family name include: Town, Tune, Toune, Towne, Townes, Towns, Tone, Toon and many more.
Early Notables of the Toone family (pre 1700)
Notables of the family at this time include John Towne (c.1583), a British actor, Robert Towne (c.1650), a religious writer, and Francis Towne (1739-1816), a well-known British watercolor painter of landscapes. Rebecca Towne Nurse (or Nourse) (1621-1692) (née Towne)... Another 39 words (3 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Toone Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Toone family to the New World and Oceana
Some of the first settlers of this family name were:
Toone Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
- John Toone, aged 21, a labourer, who arrived in South Australia in 1854 aboard the ship "Fortune" CITATION[CLOSE]
South Australian Register Thursday 8th June 1854. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) Fortune 1854. Retrieved http://www.theshipslist.com/ships/australia/fortune1854.shtml.
Toone Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
- Selina Toone, aged 21, a servant, who arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Dorette" in 1874
Contemporary Notables of the name Toone (post 1700)
- Geoffrey Toone (1910-2005), Irish-born English character actor
- Eric J Toone, physical organic chemist working at Duke University in South Carolina