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Tunbridge Early Origins



The surname Tunbridge was first found in Kent where they held a family seat as Lords of the Manor. After the Battle of Hastings in 1066, William, Duke of Normandy, having prevailed over King Harold, granted most of Britain to his many victorious Barons. It was not uncommon to find a Baron, or a Bishop, with 60 or more Lordships scattered throughout the country. These he gave to his sons, nephews and other junior lines of his family and they became known as under-tenants. They adopted the Norman system of surnames which identified the under-tenant with his holdings so as to distinguish him from the senior stem of the family. After many rebellious wars between his Barons, Duke William, commissioned a census of all England to determine in 1086, settling once and for all, who held which land. He called the census the Domesday Book, [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds., Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8)
indicating that those holders registered would hold the land until the end of time. Hence, conjecturally, the surname is descended from the tenant of the village and lands of Tonbridge. held by the Bishop of Rochester, who was recorded in the Domesday Book census of 1086.

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Tunbridge Spelling Variations


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Tunbridge Spelling Variations



Spelling variations of this family name include: Tunbridge, Tobridge, Tonbrigg, Tunbrigg, Tunbrick and many more.

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Tunbridge Early History


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Tunbridge Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Tunbridge research. Another 103 words (7 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Tunbridge History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Tunbridge Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Tunbridge Early Notables (pre 1700)



More information is included under the topic Early Tunbridge Notables 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



Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Tunbridge Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Joseph Tunbridge, who arrived in Virginia in 1719
  • Patrick Tunbridge, who landed in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1745

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Contemporary Notables of the name Tunbridge (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Tunbridge (post 1700)



  • Geoff Tunbridge (1932-2015), Australian rules footballer who played for the Melbourne Football Club (1957-1962)

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Tunbridge Family Crest Products


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Citations


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Citations



  1. ^ Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds., Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8)

Other References

  1. Burke, Sir Bernard. General Armory Of England, Scotland, Ireland and Wales. Ramsbury: Heraldry Today. Print.
  2. Hinde, Thomas Ed. The Domesday Book England's Heritage Then and Now. Surrey: Colour Library Books, 1995. Print. (ISBN 1-85833-440-3).
  3. Crozier, William Armstrong Edition. Crozier's General Armory A Registry of American Families Entitled to Coat Armor. New York: Fox, Duffield, 1904. Print.
  4. Hanks, Patricia and Flavia Hodges. A Dictionary of Surnames. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1988. Print. (ISBN 0-19-211592-8).
  5. Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds. Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8).
  6. Browning, Charles H. Americans of Royal Descent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  7. 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).
  8. Virkus, Frederick A. Ed. Immigrant Ancestors A List of 2,500 Immigrants to America Before 1750. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1964. Print.
  9. Elster, Robert J. International Who's Who. London: Europa/Routledge. Print.
  10. Lennard, Reginald. Rural England 1086-1135 A Study of Social and Agrarian Conditions. Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1959. Print.
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The Tunbridge Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Tunbridge 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 25 March 2015 at 12:44.

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