Origins Available: English
Tourney is a name whose history on English soil dates back to the wave of migration that followed the Norman Conquest
of 1066. The Tourney family lived in Shropshire
. Their name, however, is a reference to Tournay-Sur-Dive, Normandy
, the family's place of residence prior to the Norman Conquest
Early Origins of the Tourney family
The surname Tourney was first found in Shropshire
where they were Lords of the manor of Kinnersley and other lands in that shire, which the Domesday Book
in 1086 shows as being an under tenant
of Earl Roger. They were originally castellans of the castle at Exmes for the Counts of Exmes, the Montgomerys. The Tournay estates were originally at Tournay-Sur-Dive at Orne in the arrondisement of Argentan in Normandy.
Early History of the Tourney family
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Tourney Spelling Variations
A multitude of spelling variations
characterize Norman surnames. Many variations occurred because Old and Middle English lacked any definite spelling rules. The introduction of Norman French to England
also had a pronounced effect, as did the court languages of Latin and French. Therefore, one person was often referred to by several different spellings in a single lifetime. The various spellings include Tournay, Tornay, Tornai, Tourney and others.
Early Notables of the Tourney family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Tourney family to Ireland
Some of the Tourney family moved to Ireland
, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.Another 125 words (9 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 Tourney family to the New World and Oceana
Many English families left England
, to avoid the chaos of their homeland and migrated to the many British colonies abroad. Although the conditions on the ships were extremely cramped, and some travelers arrived diseased, starving, and destitute, once in the colonies, many of the families prospered and made valuable contributions to the cultures of what would become the United States and Canada. Research into the origins of individual families in North America has revealed records of the immigration of a number of people bearing the name Tourney or a variant listed above: Louis Tourny arrived in Philadelphia in 1858; James Torney arrived in Philadelphia in 1835; Patrick Tornnay arrived in Philadelphia in 1865.