The founding heritage of the Tukey family is in the Anglo-Saxon
culture that once dominated in Britain. The name Tukey comes from when one of the family worked as a fuller, whose job it was to scour and thicken raw cloth by beating it and trampling it in water having derived from the Old English word tucian,
which originally meant to torment
and later gained the meaning to tuck
or to full. CITATION[CLOSE]
Hanks, Patricia and Flavia Hodges, A Dictionary of Surnames. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1988. Print. (ISBN 0-19-211592-8)
Occasionally, the name Tukey was a nickname
surname given to a courageous person.
Early Origins of the Tukey family
The surname Tukey was first found in Devon
where they held a family seat
from very ancient times.
Early History of the Tukey family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Tukey research.Another 243 words (17 lines of text) covering the years 1741, 1565, 1623, 1601, 1614, 1592, 1664, 1654, 1664, 1625 and 1676 are included under the topic Early Tukey History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Tukey Spelling Variations
The first dictionaries that appeared in the last few hundred
years did much to standardize the English language. Before that time, spelling variations
in names were a common occurrence. The language was changing, incorporating pieces of other languages, and the spelling of names changed with it. Tukey has been spelled many different ways, including Tucker, Tooker, Toker, Tokker and others.
Early Notables of the Tukey family (pre 1700)
Notables of the family at this time include Admiral Thomas Tucker; Giles Tooker (c 1565-1623), an English lawyer and politician who sat in the House of Commons between 1601 and 1614; Edward Tooker (c.
1592-1664), an... Another 35 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Tukey Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Tukey family to Ireland
Some of the Tukey family moved to Ireland
, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.Another 37 words (3 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Tukey family to the New World and Oceana
Thousands of English families in this era began to emigrate the New World in search of land and freedom from religious and political persecution. Although the passage was expensive and the ships were dark, crowded, and unsafe, those who made the voyage safely were rewarded with opportunities unavailable to them in their homeland. Research into passenger and immigration lists has revealed some of the very first Tukeys to arrive in North America:
Tukey Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
- Grace M. Tukey, aged 46, who emigrated to Oroville, Washington, in 1913
- Chas. W. Tukey, aged 57, who settled in Arlingdon, Massachusetts, in 1914
Contemporary Notables of the name Tukey (post 1700)
- Claude C. Tukey, American Messman in R.V. Hero in 1968, eponym of Tukey Island, Antarctica
- Francis Tukey (1814-1867), American City Marshal of Boston, Massachusetts from 1846 to 1852
- Lemuel Tukey, American tavern owner and tax collector from the Back Cove area of Portland, eponym of Tukey's Bridge, Portland
- John Wilder Tukey (1915-2000), American statistician best known for development of the FFT algorithm and box plot, eponym of Tukey's test, awarded the IEEE Medal of Honor in 1982