The name Tovee was brought to England
in the wave of migration that followed the Norman Conquest
of 1066. Tovee is based on the Norman personal name Tofig.
Early Origins of the Tovee family
The surname Tovee 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 Tovee family
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Tovee 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 Tovee were recorded, including Tovey, Tovy and others.
Early Notables of the Tovee family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Tovee 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 Tovee arrived in North America very early:
Tovee Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
- William Tovee, who landed in New York, NY in 1836 CITATION[CLOSE]
Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)