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The name Tovey was brought to England by the Normans when they conquered the country in 1066. It comes from the Norman personal name Tofig.

Tovey Early Origins



The surname Tovey 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." [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
Lowe, Mark Anthony, Patronymica Britannica, A Dictionary of Family Names of the United Kingdom. London: John Russel Smith, 1860. Print.

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Tovey Spelling Variations


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Tovey Spelling Variations



Before the advent of the printing press and the first dictionaries, the English language was not standardized. Sound was what guided spelling in the Middle Ages, so one person's name was often recorded under several variations during a single lifetime. Spelling variations were common, even among the names of the most literate people. Known variations of the Tovey family name include Tovey, Tovy and others.

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Tovey Early History


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Tovey Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Tovey research. Another 165 words (12 lines of text) covering the years 106 and 1066 are included under the topic Early Tovey History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Tovey Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Tovey Early Notables (pre 1700)



More information is included under the topic Early Tovey Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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The Great Migration


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The Great Migration



To escape the political and religious chaos of this era, thousands of English families began to migrate to the New World in search of land and freedom from religious and political persecution. The passage was expensive and the ships were dark, crowded, and unsafe; however, those who made the voyage safely were encountered opportunities that were not available to them in their homeland. Many of the families that reached the New World at this time went on to make important contributions to the emerging nations of the United States and Canada. Research into various historical records has revealed some of first members of the Tovey family to immigrate North America:

Tovey Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • Nathanial and John Tovey settled in Virginia in 1663
  • Henry Tovey, who arrived in Maryland in 1666-1680
  • Thomas Tovey, who arrived in Maryland in 1670
  • Nicholas Tovey, who arrived in Maryland in 1675
  • Samuel Tovey, who landed in Maryland in 1675
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Tovey Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • John Tovey, aged 28, a miner, arrived in South Australia in 1857 aboard the ship "Henry Moore"

Tovey Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • Ann Tovey arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Tyne" in 1841
  • William Tovey arrived in Nelson aboard the ship "John Masterman" in 1857
  • C. Tovey arrived in Nelson aboard the ship "John Masterman" in 1857
  • Robert Tovey, aged 23, arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Dorette" in 1874
  • Eliza Tovey, aged 15, arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Bebington" in 1876

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Contemporary Notables of the name Tovey (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Tovey (post 1700)



  • Roberta Tovey (b. 1953), English actress
  • Bramwell Tovey (b. 1953), English conductor and composer
  • Eric Henry Edward Tovey (1929-2016), known professionally as Lord Littlebrook, a British midget wrestler
  • Sir Brian John Maynard Tovey KCMG (1926-2015), British intelligence analyst, Director of GCHQ (1978-1983)
  • Noel Tovey (b. 1934), Australian actor
  • John Cronyn Tovey (1885-1971), 1st Baron Tovey, British admiral
  • Jessica Tovey, Australian actress
  • Sir Donald Francis Tovey (1873-1940), British musical analyst, musicologist, writer on music, composer and pianist

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Citations


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Citations



  1. ^ Lowe, Mark Anthony, Patronymica Britannica, A Dictionary of Family Names of the United Kingdom. London: John Russel Smith, 1860. Print.

Other References

  1. Burke, Sir Bernard. Genealogical and Heraldic History of the Peerage and Baronetage, The Privy Council, Knightage and Compainonage. London: Burke Publishing, 1921. Print.
  2. Bolton, Charles Knowles. Bolton's American Armory. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1964. Print.
  3. Bradford, William. History of Plymouth Plantation 1620-1647 Edited by Samuel Eliot Morrison 2 Volumes. New York: Russell and Russell, 1968. Print.
  4. Holt, J.C. Ed. Domesday Studies. Woodbridge: Boydell, 1987. Print. (ISBN 0-85115-477-8).
  5. Crispin, M. Jackson and Leonce Mary. Falaise Roll Recording Prominent Companions of William Duke of Normandy at the Conquest of England. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  6. Bowman, George Ernest. The Mayflower Reader A Selection of Articales from The Mayflower Descendent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  7. Burke, Sir Bernard. Burke's Genealogical and Heraldic History of the Landed Gentry: Including American Families with British Ancestry. (2 Volumes). London: Burke Publishing, 1939. Print.
  8. Crozier, William Armstrong Edition. Crozier's General Armory A Registry of American Families Entitled to Coat Armor. New York: Fox, Duffield, 1904. Print.
  9. Chadwick, Nora Kershaw and J.X.W.P Corcoran. The Celts. London: Penguin, 1790. Print. (ISBN 0140212116).
  10. Burke, John Bernard Ed. The Roll of Battle Abbey. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  11. ...

The Tovey Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Tovey Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

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