Toovay is a name that was brought to England
by the ancestors of the Toovay family when they emigrated following the Norman Conquest
of 1066. The name Toovay comes from the Norman personal name Tofig.
Early Origins of the Toovay family
The surname Toovay was first found in Norfolk
where they held a family seat
from early times. "Tovus, otherwise known as Tovi, came to England
with the Conqueror, and acquired several manors in Norfolk
. The name is found in [the] Domesday [Book] as Tovi or Tovius." CITATION[CLOSE]
Lowe, Mark Anthony, Patronymica Britannica, A Dictionary of Family Names of the United Kingdom. London: John Russel Smith, 1860. Print.
Early History of the Toovay family
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Toovay 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 Toovay were recorded, including Tovey, Tovy and others.
Early Notables of the Toovay family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Toovay 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 Toovay arrived in North America very early: Benjamin and Richard Tovey settled in Barbados in 1679 with their servants; Nathanial and John Tovey settled in Virginia in 1663.