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Spelling variations of this family name include: Dunnicliffe, Donnicliffe, Dunicliffe, Topcliffe, Tunnicliffe, Tunicliffe, Tunycliffe, Tunnacliffe, Tunacliffe, Tunicliffe, Tonacliffe, Donacliffe, Onacliffe, D'Onacliffe, Donacliffe, Doncliffe, Tunnelcliffe, Tunlecliff, Tunnicliff and many more.

First found in Lancashire where the family name was first referenced in the year 1246 when Henry Tunwaleclif held estates in the parish of Rochdale. However, some of the family was found at Yarlett in Staffordshire in early times. "The liberty [of Yarlett] comprises about 400 acres of land, the property of the Tunnicliff family, who reside at the Hall, a neat mansion situated on a gentle declivity." [1]


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Tunnicliffe research. Another 175 words (12 lines of text) covering the years 1603, 1455 and 1487 are included under the topic Early Tunnicliffe History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Tunnicliffe Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century


  • Diana Tunnicliffe, English convict from Staffordshire, who was transported aboard the "Anna Maria" on October 4, 1851, settling in Van Diemen's Land, Australia

Tunnicliffe Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century


  • Thomas Tunnicliffe, aged 33, a farmer, arrived in Nelson aboard the ship "Clifford" in 1842
  • Hannah Tunnicliffe, aged 32, arrived in Nelson aboard the ship "Clifford" in 1842
  • Henry John Tunnicliffe, aged 14, a labourer, arrived in Nelson aboard the ship "Clifford" in 1842
  • Sarah Tunnicliffe, aged 10, arrived in Nelson aboard the ship "Clifford" in 1842
  • Thomas Tunnicliffe, aged 8, arrived in Nelson aboard the ship "Clifford" in 1842


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  • Anna Tunnicliffe (b. 1982), American three-time gold, two-time silver and bronze medalist sailor and Olympic gold medalist
  • Ryan Tunnicliffe (b. 1992), English footballer who plays as a midfielder for Fulham
  • John Tunnicliffe (b. 1866), English footballer who played in the Football League for Stoke (1891-1892)
  • John Tunnicliffe (1866-1948), English first-class cricketer who played in 472 first-class matches for Yorkshire County Cricket Club
  • Jayne Tunnicliffe (b. 1967), English actress, probably best known for her recurring character Yana Lumb in Coronation Street between 2004 and 2007
  • James Mark Tunnicliffe (b. 1989), English footballer
  • Colin John Tunnicliffe (b. 1951), English cricketer who played first-class cricket for Derbyshire between 1973 and 1983
  • Charles Frederick Tunnicliffe OBE, RA (1901-1979), English artist, best known for his many paintings of birds, he spent most of his life on the Isle of Anglesey, Fellow of the Royal Academy, RSPB Gold Medal
  • William Francis "Billy" Tunnicliffe (1920-1997), English footballer who played from 1937 to 1955
  • Wayne Tunnicliffe, known as Wayne Allen, a British nightclub DJ and former radio presenter

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  1. ^ Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.

Other References

  1. Bradford, William. History of Plymouth Plantation 1620-1647 Edited by Samuel Eliot Morrison 2 Volumes. New York: Russell and Russell, 1968. Print.
  2. Magnusson, Magnus. Chambers Biographical Dictionary 5th edition. Edinburgh: W & R Chambers, 1990. Print.
  3. Bowman, George Ernest. The Mayflower Reader A Selection of Articales from The Mayflower Descendent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  4. Shirley, Evelyn Philip. Noble and Gentle Men of England Or Notes Touching The Arms and Descendants of the Ancient Knightley and Gentle Houses of England Arranged in their Respective Counties 3rd Edition. Westminster: John Bowyer Nichols and Sons, 1866. Print.
  5. Weis, Frederick Lewis, Walter Lee Sheppard and David Faris. Ancestral Roots of Sixty Colonists Who Came to New England Between 1623 and 1650 7th Edition. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0806313676).
  6. Library of Congress. American and English Genealogies in the Library of Congress. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1967. Print.
  7. Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin . Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8).
  8. Colletta, John P. They Came In Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
  9. Bardsley, C.W. A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6).
  10. Hitching, F.K and S. Hitching. References to English Surnames in 1601-1602. Walton On Thames: 1910. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0181-3).
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