Tuck History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms
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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.
Early Origins of the Tuck family
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.
Early History of the Tuck family
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Tuck Spelling Variations
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.
Early Notables of the Tuck family (pre 1700)
Outstanding amongst the family at this time was Sir Brian Tuke (d. 1545), secretary to Henry VIII, he was apparently son of Richard Tuke (d. 1498?); Thomas Tuke (c.1580-1657), an English clergyman and controversial writer, of Royalist views in later life; Sir Samuel Tuke (c.1615-1674), 1st Baronet, English officer in the Royalist army during the English Civil War and a notable playwright, best known for his 1663 play "The Adventure of...
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Tuck migration to the United States +
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, who arrived in Barbados in 1635 
- Warram Tuck, aged 20, who 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 migration to Australia +
Emigration to Australia
followed the First Fleets
of convicts, tradespeople and early settlers. Early immigrants include:
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, Australia 
- 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, who arrived in South Australia in 1855 aboard the ship "South Sea"
Tuck migration to New Zealand +
Emigration to New Zealand followed in the footsteps of the European explorers, such as Captain Cook (1769-70): first came sealers, whalers, missionaries, and traders. By 1838, the British New Zealand Company had begun buying land from the Maori tribes, and selling it to settlers, and, after the Treaty of Waitangi in 1840, many British families set out on the arduous six month journey from Britain to Aotearoa to start a new life. Early immigrants include:
Tuck Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
- Mr. Tuck, British settler travelling from London aboard the ship "Isabella Hamilton" arriving in Auckland, New Zealand on 14th April 1858 
- William Tuck, who arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Nimroud" in 1860
- George Tuck, aged 36, a labourer, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Duke of Edinburgh" in 1873
- Martha Tuck, aged 35, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Duke of Edinburgh" in 1873
- Alfred Tuck, aged 10, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Duke of Edinburgh" in 1873
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Contemporary Notables of the name Tuck (post 1700) +
- Richard Gregory "Dick" Tuck (1924-2018), American political consultant, campaign strategist, advance man, and political prankster
- 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
- Shane Tuck (1981-2020), Australian rules footballer who played 173 matches for the Richmond Football Club
- Robert Roland Stanford Tuck (1916-1987), British fighter pilot and flying ace in the Royal Air Force, during World War II, credited with 30 aerial victories
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The Tuck 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: Militia mea multiplex
Motto Translation: My warfare is manifold.
Suggested Readings for the name Tuck +
- 3298 "John and Edward Tuck of Halifax County, Virginia, and Some of their Descendants" by Alethea Jane Macon.
- ^ 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)
- ^ State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2015, January 8) Argyle voyage to Van Diemen's Land, Australia in 1831 with 251 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/argyle/1831
- ^ State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2014, November 17) Adelaide voyage to Van Diemen's Land and Port Phillip, Australia in 1849 with 303 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/adelaide/1849
- ^ State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2014, November 18) Aboukir voyage to Van Diemen's Land and Norfolk Island. [These convicts appear to have all landed in Van Diemen's Land], Australia in 1851 with 280 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/aboukir/1851
- ^ New Zealand Yesteryears Passenger Lists 1800 to 1900 (Retrieved 17th October 2018). Retrieved from http://www.yesteryears.co.nz/shipping/passlist.html