Origins Available: English
The name Turlough was brought to England
in the great wave of migration following the Norman Conquest
of 1066. The Turlough family lived in Suffolk
, at Thurlow
which was in turn derived from the Old English word tryohlaw,
meaning dweller by the hill.
Early Origins of the Turlough family
The surname Turlough was first found in Suffolk
where they held a family seat
as Lords of the Manor of Thurlow. Conjecturally, they are descended from Godric, the holder of the King's lands of Great and Little Thurlow at the time of the taking of the Domesday Book
in 1086, a census initiated by King William, Duke of Normandy
after his conquest of England
in 1066. The village at that time consisted of a Church and 33 goats. Today Little Thurlow is a village and civil parish in the St Edmundsbury district and has a population of about 230 as of 2005.
Early History of the Turlough family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Turlough research.Another 169 words (12 lines of text) covering the years 1775 and are included under the topic Early Turlough History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Turlough Spelling Variations
Norman surnames are characterized by a multitude of spelling variations
. The frequent changes in surnames are largely due to the fact that the Old and Middle English languages lacked definite spelling rules. The introduction of Norman French to England
, as well as the official court languages of Latin and French, also had pronounced influences on the spelling of surnames. Since medieval scribes and church officials recorded names as they sounded, rather than adhering to any specific spelling rules, it was common to find the same individual referred to with different spellings. The name has been spelled Thurlow, Thurlough, Thurlowe, Thurloe, Thurlo, Thurlows, Thurles and many more.
Early Notables of the Turlough family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Turlough family to Ireland
Some of the Turlough family moved to Ireland
, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.Another 87 words (6 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 Turlough family to the New World and Oceana
Many English families emigrated to North American colonies in order to escape the political chaos in Britain at this time. Unfortunately, many English families made the trip to the New World under extremely harsh conditions. Overcrowding on the ships caused the majority of the immigrants to arrive diseased, famished, and destitute from the long journey across the stormy Atlantic. Despite these hardships, many of the families prospered and went on to make invaluable contributions to the development of the cultures of the United States and Canada. Early North American immigration records have revealed a number of people bearing the name Turlough or a variant listed above: Abram Thurlo who settled in New Orleans La. in 1821.
The Turlough Motto
The motto was originally a war cry or slogan. Mottoes first began to be shown with arms in the 14th and 15th centuries, but were not in general use until the 17th century. Thus the oldest coats of arms generally do not include a motto. Mottoes seldom form part of the grant of arms: Under most heraldic authorities, a motto is an optional component of the coat of arms, and can be added to or changed at will; many families have chosen not to display a motto.
Motto: Justitiae soror fides
Motto Translation: Fidelity is the sister of justice.