Turfrey History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The Turfrey name was originally an Anglo-Saxon name that was given to a person who worked as the palfreyman, who was in charge of the palfreys. This occupational surname was first derived from the Old French word parfrement which referred to the individual who saddled horses for women. The term palfrey usually referred to the most expensive and highly-bred types of riding horse during the Middle Ages.

Early Origins of the Turfrey family

The surname Turfrey was first found in Hampshire where they held a family seat from early times and their first records appeared on the census rolls taken by the ancient Kings of Britain to determine the rate of taxation of their subjects.

Early History of the Turfrey family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Turfrey research. Another 152 words (11 lines of text) covering the years 1148, 1200, 1321, 1359, 1411, 1589, 1637 and 1638 are included under the topic Early Turfrey History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Turfrey Spelling Variations

Only recently has spelling become standardized in the English language. As the English language evolved in the Middle Ages, the spelling of names changed also. The name Turfrey has undergone many spelling variations, including Palfrey, Palfry, Palfreyer, Palfreyman and others.

Early Notables of the Turfrey family (pre 1700)

Another 32 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Turfrey Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Ireland Migration of the Turfrey family to Ireland

Some of the Turfrey family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. More information about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.


Australia Turfrey migration to Australia +

Emigration to Australia followed the First Fleets of convicts, tradespeople and early settlers. Early immigrants include:

Turfrey Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • Mr. John Turfrey, (b. 1809), aged 24, English convict who was convicted in Middlesex, England for life for stealing, transported aboard the "Aurora" on 3rd November 1833, arriving in New South Wales, Australia, he died in 1848 [1]
  • Mr. William Edward Turfrey who was convicted in Oxford, Oxfordshire, England for 10 years for burglary, transported aboard the "David Malcolm" on 13th May 1845, arriving in Tasmania (Van Diemen's Land) and Norfolk Island, he died in 1904 [2]


  1. ^ Convict Records Voyages to Australia (Retrieved 20th August 2020). Retrieved from https://convictrecords.com.au/ships/aurora
  2. ^ Convict Records Voyages to Australia (Retrieved 21st June 2021). Retrieved from https://convictrecords.com.au/ships/david-malcolm


Houseofnames.com on Facebook