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Tuck is a name whose history on English soil dates back to the wave of migration that followed the Norman Conquest of England of 1066. The Tuck family lived in Kent. Their name, however, is a reference to Touques, Normandy, the family's place of residence prior to the Norman Conquest of England in 1066.

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The surname Tuck was first found in Kent where they held a family seat from early times after the Norman Conquest in 1066. They were descended from Le Sire de Touques from Pont-le-Eveque where the castle stood. Wace, the historian, mentions the Baron Touque as amongst the Companions of Duke William, at Hastings in 1066. The ancient family of Touque of Godington of Kent claim descent from this Norman Lord. We would be remiss if we did not address the legendary Friar Tuck. Two royal writs in 1417 refer to Robert Stafford, a Sussex chaplain who had assumed the alias of Frere Tuk. Little more is known about him other than this "Friar Tuck" was still at large in 1429.

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 Tooke, Tocque, Took, Touque, Tuck and others.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Tuck research. Another 173 words (12 lines of text) covering the years 1130, 1175, 1580, 1657, 1615, 1674, 1663, 1673, 1732 and 1698 are included under the topic Early Tuck History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Another 165 words (12 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Tuck Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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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 Tuck or a variant listed above:

Tuck Settlers in United States in the 17th Century


  • Geo Tuck, aged 40, arrived in Barbados in 1635
  • Warram Tuck, aged 20, arrived in Virginia in 1635
  • Woodham Tuck, who landed in Virginia in 1642
  • Robert Tuck, who landed in Virginia in 1657
  • Daniel Tuck, who landed in Maryland in 1676

Tuck Settlers in United States in the 19th Century


  • Lancelot Tuck, who landed in New York in 1833
  • M Tuck, who arrived in San Francisco, California in 1850

Tuck Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century


  • John Tuck, English convict from Norfolk, who was transported aboard the "Argyle" on March 5th, 1831, settling in Van Diemen's Land, Austraila
  • James Tuck, English convict from Middlesex, who was transported aboard the "Adelaide" on August 08, 1849, settling in Van Diemen's Land and Port Phillip, Australia
  • Thomas Tuck, English Convict from Lincolnshire, who was transported aboard the "Aboukir" on December 24, 1851, settling in Van Diemen's Land, Australia
  • Fanny Tuck, aged 23, a servant, arrived in South Australia in 1855 aboard the ship "South Sea"

Tuck Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century


  • William Tuck arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Nimroud" in 1860
  • George Tuck, aged 36, a labourer, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Duke of Edinburgh" in 1873
  • Martha Tuck, aged 35, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Duke of Edinburgh" in 1873
  • Alfred Tuck, aged 10, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Duke of Edinburgh" in 1873
  • Elizabeth Tuck, aged 14, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Duke of Edinburgh" in 1873


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  • Gary Robert Tuck (b. 1954), American Major League Baseball bullpen coach for the Boston Red Sox from 2006-2012
  • Amos Tuck (1810-1879), American politician in New Hampshire who some say founded the Republican Party
  • Jessica Ines Tuck (b. 1963), American Daytime Emmy Award and Soap Opera Digest Award nominated actress
  • Justin Lee Tuck (b. 1983), American NFL football defensive end for New York Giants
  • Leon Parker Tuck (1891-1953), American silver medalist ice hockey player at the 1920 Summer Olympics
  • Amy Tuck (b. 1963), American politician, 30th Lieutenant Governor of Mississippi (2000-2008)
  • Edward Tuck (1842-1938), American banker and philanthropist
  • Thom Tuck (b. 1982), British actor and comedian
  • Matthew Tuck (b. 1980), Welsh singer-songwriter
  • Travis Tuck (b. 1987), Australian rules footballer

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  • John and Edward Tuck of Halifax County, Virginia, and Some of their Descendants by Alethea Jane Macon.
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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: Militia mea multiplex
Motto Translation: My warfare is manifold.

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  7. Magnusson, Magnus. Chambers Biographical Dictionary 5th edition. Edinburgh: W & R Chambers, 1990. Print.
  8. Bolton, Charles Knowles. Bolton's American Armory. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1964. Print.
  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. 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).
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The Tuck Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Tuck 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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