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The many generations and branches of the Towler family can all place the origins of their surname with the ancient Anglo-Saxon culture. Their name reveals that an early member worked as a person charged with the duty of collecting taxes. The surname Towler is derived from the Old English word tollere, which means tax-gatherer.

Towler Early Origins



The surname Towler was first found in Cornwall and West Dorset where the name was derived from the River Toller (now named River Hooke.) Locals Toller Whelme, Toller Fratrum, and Toller Porcorum can still be found in this county today.

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Towler Spelling Variations


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Towler Spelling Variations



Before the last few hundred years, the English language had no fast system of spelling rules. For that reason, spelling variations are commonly found in early Anglo-Saxon surnames. Over the years, many variations of the name Towler were recorded, including Toler, Tolar, Toller, Tollers, Tolers, Towler and many more.

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Towler Early History


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Towler Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Towler research. Another 270 words (19 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Towler History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Towler Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Towler Early Notables (pre 1700)



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

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Towler In Ireland


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Towler In Ireland



Some of the Towler family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 156 words (11 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included 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 oppression and starvation at that time, many English families left for the "open frontiers" of the New World with all its perceived opportunities. In droves people migrated to the many British colonies, those in North America in particular, paying high rates for passages in cramped, unsafe ships. Although many of the settlers did not make the long passage alive, those who did see the shores of North America perceived great opportunities before them. Many of the families that came from England went on to make essential contributions to the emerging nations of Canada and the United States. Research into various historical records revealed some of first members of the Towler family emigrate to North America:

Towler Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Thomas Towler, who landed in Virginia in 1714
  • Thomas Towler, who arrived in Virginia in 1719

Towler Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • W. Towler settled in San Francisco, California in 1850
  • Daniel Towler settled in Philadelphia in 1854

Towler Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • John Towler, aged 24, arrived in South Australia in 1849 aboard the ship "Florentia"
  • John Towler arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Florentia" in 1849

Towler Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • Frederick Towler, aged 29, a sawyer, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Salisbury" in 1874
  • Maria Towler, aged 26, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Salisbury" in 1874
  • Sarah Towler, aged 4, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Salisbury" in 1874
  • Rosanna Towler, aged 18 months, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Salisbury" in 1874
  • Walter Towler, aged 33, a sawyer, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Hurunui" in 1877
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Contemporary Notables of the name Towler (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Towler (post 1700)



  • Raymond "Ray" Towler (b. 1957), American guitarist, keyboardist and trumpeter
  • Dan "Deacon" Towler (1928-2001), American National Football League running back
  • Darren Towler, English mixed martial artist
  • Edwin Towler, English professional association football goalkeeper who played in the early 1900s
  • Michael David "Mike" Towler, British theoretical physicist
  • Diane Towler (b. 1946), British eight-time gold medalist ice dancer
  • William Towler (1889-1917), first councilman to be elected in Vancouver, B. C. in 1868

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Towler Historic Events


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Towler Historic Events




HMS Prince of Wales

  • Mr. Towler, British Able Seaman, who sailed in to battle on the HMS Prince of Wales and survived the sinking

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Motto


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Motto



The motto was originally a war cry or slogan. Mottoes first began to be shown with arms in the 14th and 15th centuries, but were not in general use until the 17th century. Thus the oldest coats of arms generally do not include a motto. Mottoes seldom form part of the grant of arms: Under most heraldic authorities, a motto is an optional component of the coat of arms, and can be added to or changed at will; many families have chosen not to display a motto.

Motto: Regi et patrić fidelis
Motto Translation: Faithful to king and law.


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Citations


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Citations



    Other References

    1. MacAulay, Thomas Babington. History of England from the Accession of James the Second 4 volumes. New York: Harper and Brothers, 1879. Print.
    2. Bolton, Charles Knowles. Bolton's American Armory. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1964. Print.
    3. Dunkling, Leslie. Dictionary of Surnames. Toronto: Collins, 1998. Print. (ISBN 0004720598).
    4. Hinde, Thomas Ed. The Domesday Book England's Heritage Then and Now. Surrey: Colour Library Books, 1995. Print. (ISBN 1-85833-440-3).
    5. Egle, William Henry. Pennsylvania Genealogies Scotch-Irish and German. Harrisburg: L.S. Hart, 1886. Print.
    6. 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.
    7. Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin . Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8).
    8. The Norman People and Their Existing Descendants in the British Dominions and the United States Of America. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1975. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0636-X).
    9. Bede, The Venerable. Historia Ecclesiatica Gentis Anglorum (The Ecclesiastical History Of the English People). Available through Internet Medieval Sourcebook the Fordham University Centre for Medieval Studies. Print.
    10. Burke, John Bernard Ed. The Roll of Battle Abbey. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
    11. ...

    The Towler Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Towler 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.

    This page was last modified on 13 November 2014 at 16:21.

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