The ancestors of the Toore family brought their name to England
in the wave of migration after the Norman Conquest
of 1066. They lived in Lancashire
. Tower indicates that the original bearer lived in the tower of a castle.
Early Origins of the Toore family
The surname Toore was first found in Lancashire
where they held a family seat
from ancient times, and were the Lords of the manor of Lowick or Lofwick. William of Tours accompanied William the Conqueror at the Battle of Hastings, and was granted estates under tenant
in Chief, the Baron
of Kendall. Some branches of this distinguished line remained in Lancashire
, while others branched south to Sowerby in Lincolnshire
, and Isle of Ely. Others of this family adopted the name Lowick and Lofwick and remained in Lancashire.
"William de Lancaster, first Baron of Kendal, granted certain lands here, temp. Henry II., to the Towers family, who conveyed them to the Lofwics in the reign of John. The estate was held by the Lofwics until it passed by marriage, in the reign of Henry VI." CITATION[CLOSE]
Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.
Early History of the Toore family
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Toore Spelling Variations
Before the last few hundred
years the English language had no fixed system of spelling rules. For that reason, spelling variations
occurred commonly in Anglo Norman surnames. Over the years, many variations of the name Toore were recorded, including Tower, Towers, Toure, Toures, Lowick, Lofwick and others.
Early Notables of the Toore family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Toore family to Ireland
Some of the Toore family moved to Ireland
, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.Another 53 words (4 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Toore family to the New World and Oceana
The unstable environment in England
at this time caused numerous families to board ships and leave in search of opportunity and freedom from persecution abroad in places like Ireland
, and particularly the New World. The voyage was extremely difficult, however, and only taken at great expense. The cramped conditions and unsanitary nature of the vessels caused many to arrive diseased and starving, not to mention destitute from the enormous cost. Still opportunity in the emerging nations of Canada and the United States was far greater than at home and many went on to make important contributions to the cultures of their adopted countries. An examination of many early immigration records reveals that people bearing the name Toore arrived in North America very early: Joane Tower who settled in Virginia in 1670; John Tower settled in Boston Massachusetts in 1637; John Tower settled in New England
with five children in 1641.