Torkelson History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Early Origins of the Torkelson family

The surname Torkelson was first found in Cheshire at Torkington, a township, in the parish and union of Stockport, hundred of Macclesfield. [1] Now part of Greater Manchester, the township comprises 670 acres.

Early East Cheshire rolls had the following early entries for the family: Simon de Torkinton, 1225; Robert de Torkinton, 1225; and Thomas de Torkinton, 1357. [2]

Early History of the Torkelson family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Torkelson research. Another 50 words (4 lines of text) covering the years 1517, 1511, 1517, 1517, 1883 and are included under the topic Early Torkelson History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Torkelson Spelling Variations

Spelling variations of this family name include: Torkington, Turkington and others.

Early Notables of the Torkelson family (pre 1700)

Notables of the family at this time include Sir Richard Torkington ( fl. 1517), an English priest and pilgrim, presented in 1511 to the rectory of Mulberton in Norfolk by Sir Thomas Boleyn. "In 1517 he went on pilgrimage to the Holy Land, and of his journey he has left an account. "He started from Rye in...
Another 56 words (4 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Torkelson Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Ireland Migration of the Torkelson family to Ireland

Some of the Torkelson family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
Another 58 words (4 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.


United States Torkelson migration to the United States +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Torkelson Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
  • Torkel Torkelson, aged 25, who arrived in New York in 1919 aboard the ship "Lake Hurst" from Cristobal [3]
  • Kathleen Torkelson, aged 42, who arrived in New York in 1920 aboard the ship "Olympic" from Southampton, England [4]
  • Emma Torkelson, aged 36, who arrived in New York, N.Y. in 1920 aboard the ship "Bergensfjord" from Kristiania, Norway [5]

Contemporary Notables of the name Torkelson (post 1700) +

  • Ross E. Torkelson, American fighter pilot and flying ace in the U.S. Navy, during World War II, credited with 5 aerial victories
  • Jodie R. Torkelson, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Minnesota, 2008 [6]
  • Charles E. Torkelson, American Republican politician, Member of Connecticut State House of Representatives; Defeated, 1912; Elected 1918 [6]


  1. ^ Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.
  2. ^ Bardsley, C.W, A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6)
  3. ^ "New York Passenger Arrival Lists (Ellis Island), 1892-1924," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:J6QP-6TG : 6 December 2014), Torkel Torkelson, 04 Mar 1919; citing departure port Cristobal, arrival port New York, ship name Lake Hurst, NARA microfilm publication T715 and M237 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.).
  4. ^ "New York Passenger Arrival Lists (Ellis Island), 1892-1924," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:J6CX-BT5 : 6 December 2014), Kathleen Torkelson, 22 Dec 1920; citing departure port Southampton, arrival port New York, ship name Olympic, NARA microfilm publication T715 and M237 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.).
  5. ^ "New York Passenger Arrival Lists (Ellis Island), 1892-1924," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:J6X1-NP1 : 6 December 2014), Emma Torkelson, 06 Jul 1920; citing departure port Kristiania, Norway, arrival port New York, N.Y., ship name Bergensfjord, NARA microfilm publication T715 and M237 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.).
  6. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, November 12) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html


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