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The surname Turkington was first found in Cheshire where they held a family seat from very ancient times, some say before the Norman Conquest in 1066.

Spelling variations of this family name include: Torkington, Turkington and others.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Turkington research. Another 224 words (16 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Turkington History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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More information is included under the topic Early Turkington Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Some of the Turkington family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 147 words (10 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Some of the first settlers of this family name or some of its variants were: John Tarkington, who settled in Baltimore County, Maryland with his wife Prudence, their son John, Jr. and wife Martha, and their son William Joshua; John Torkington settled in Philadelphia in 1856.

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  • Gregg Turkington (b. 1967), Australian-born, American comedian, best known for his stand-up comedy character, Neil Hamburger
  • Scott Turkington, American current principal organist and choirmaster for the Roman Catholic Cathedral of Saint John the Baptist in Charleston, South Carolina
  • Edward "Ed" Lawrence Turkington (1899-1996), American gold medalist rugby union player at the 1924 Summer Olympics
  • Eric Turkington, American politician, Democratic member of the Massachusetts House of Representatives (1989-2009)
  • Colin Henry Turkington (b. 1982), Northern Irish auto racing driver, 2009 British Touring Car Champion


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The Turkington Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Turkington 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.

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