Origins Available: English
Toure is one of the many new names that came to England
following the Norman Conquest
of 1066. The Toure family lived in Lancashire
. Tower indicates that the original bearer lived in the tower of a castle.
Early Origins of the Toure family
The surname Toure 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 Toure family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Toure research.Another 423 words (30 lines of text) covering the years 1352, 1640, 1633, 1359, 1457, 1462, 1508, 1558 and 1605 are included under the topic Early Toure History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Toure Spelling Variations
Anglo-Norman names are characterized by a multitude of spelling variations
. When the Normans
became the ruling people of England
in the 11th century, they introduced a new language into a society where the main languages of Old and later Middle English had no definite spelling rules. These languages were more often spoken than written, so they blended freely with one another. Contributing to this mixing of tongues was the fact that medieval scribes spelled words according to sound, ensuring that a person's name would appear differently in nearly every document in which it was recorded. The name has been spelled Tower, Towers, Toure, Toures, Lowick, Lofwick and others.
Early Notables of the Toure family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Toure family to Ireland
Some of the Toure 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 Toure family to the New World and Oceana
For many English families, the political and religious disarray that plagued their homeland made the frontiers of the New World an attractive prospect. Thousands migrated, aboard cramped disease-ridden ships. They arrived sick, poor, and hungry, but were welcomed in many cases with far greater opportunity than at home in England
. Many of these hardy settlers went on to make important contributions to the emerging nations in which they landed. Among early immigrants bearing the name Toure or a variant listed above were: 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.
Contemporary Notables of the name Toure (post 1700)
- Bassala Touré (b. 1976), Malian former footballer
- Alhassane Ousmane Touré (b. 1984), Malian footballer
- Ahmed Sékou Touré (1922-1984), Guinean politician, first President of Guinea (1958-1984)
- Ahmed Touré (b. 1987), Burkinabé professional footballer