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Towne History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms


Origins Available: English, Scottish


The surname Towne is of Anglo-Saxon origin. It is derived from the Old English "tun," which originally meant "fence" or "enclosure," but soon came to mean "enclosure round a house," "homestead," "village," or "town." The name was originally preceded by a preposition, and referred to "one who lived in or at the village or town."

Early Origins of the Towne family


The surname Towne was first found in Suffolk. The written history of the name dates back as far as 1095, when Wistric Oftun was recorded in the records of the abbey at Bury St. Edmunds. Variations on the surname, such as Abothetoune, atte Tun, and Douninthetune, could also be found in this region at an early date.

Early History of the Towne family


This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Towne research.
Another 217 words (16 lines of text) covering the years 1095, 1275, 1327, 1524, 1583, 1650, 1739, 1816, 1621, 1692, 1640 and 1692 are included under the topic Early Towne History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Towne Spelling Variations


Spelling variations of this family name include: Town, Tune, Toune, Towne, Townes, Towns, Tone, Toon and many more.

Early Notables of the Towne family (pre 1700)


Notables of the family at this time include John Towne (c.1583), a British actor, Robert Towne (c.1650), a religious writer, and Francis Towne (1739-1816), a well-known British watercolor painter of landscapes. Rebecca Towne Nurse (or Nourse) (1621-1692) (née Towne)...
Another 39 words (3 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Towne Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Migration of the Towne family to the New World and Oceana


Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Towne Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • William Towne, who landed in Salem, Massachusetts in 1635 [1]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)
  • Edmund Towne, aged 18, who arrived in New England in 1637 [1]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)
  • Edmund Towne, who settled in Virginia in 1650
  • Daniell Towne, who settled in New England in 1661
  • Daniell Towne, who landed in New England in 1661 [1]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)
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Towne Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Mary Towne, who landed in Virginia in 1713 [1]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)
  • Christiana Towne, who settled in Maryland in 1775

Towne Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Almond S Towne, who arrived in San Francisco, California in 1850 [1]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)
  • G W Towne, who landed in San Francisco, California in 1851 [1]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)

Towne Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century

  • Mr. Archelaus Towne U.E. who settled in Charlotte County, New Brunswick c. 1784 [2]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Rubincam, Milton. The Old United Empire Loyalists List. Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc, 1976. (Originally published as; United Empire Loyalists. The Centennial of the Settlement of Upper Canada. Rose Publishing Company, 1885.) ISBN 0-8063-0331-X
  • Mr. Samuel Towne U.E. who settled in Charlotte County, New Brunswick c. 1784 [2]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Rubincam, Milton. The Old United Empire Loyalists List. Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc, 1976. (Originally published as; United Empire Loyalists. The Centennial of the Settlement of Upper Canada. Rose Publishing Company, 1885.) ISBN 0-8063-0331-X

Contemporary Notables of the name Towne (post 1700)


  • Laura Matilda Towne (1825-1901), American abolitionist and educator
  • Katharine Payne Towne (b. 1978), American actress, known for What Lies Beneath (2000), Mulholland Drive (2001) and Evolution (2001)
  • Gene Towne (1904-1979), American screenwriter who wrote for 47 films between 1921 and 1958
  • Charles Hanson Towne (1877-1949), American author, poet and editor
  • Robert Towne (b. 1934), American Academy Award, BAFTA Award and Golden Globe Award winning screenwriter and director, best known for his work on Mission: Impossible (1996), Chinatown (1974) and Days of Thunder (1990)
  • Benjamin Towne, American newspaper editor
  • Henry Robinson Towne (1844-1924), American engineer and manufacturer who introduced modern manufacturing processes to the lock industry
  • Charles Hard Towne (b. 1915), American physicist
  • Charles Towne (1763-1840), English painter of landscapes, horses and other animals
  • Francis Towne (1739-1816), English watercolour landscape artist
  • ... (Another 3 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Citations


  1. ^ 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)
  2. ^ Rubincam, Milton. The Old United Empire Loyalists List. Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc, 1976. (Originally published as; United Empire Loyalists. The Centennial of the Settlement of Upper Canada. Rose Publishing Company, 1885.) ISBN 0-8063-0331-X

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