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Early Origins of the Turnage family

The surname Turnage was first found in Middlesex where the family was first referenced in the year 1194 when Robert de Turnham held Turnham Green in Chiswick. Another reference was found of what we presume is the same person. "Bayham Abbey [in the parish of Frant in Kent] was founded for Præmonstratensian canons, by Robert de Turneham, who, about 1200, gave all his lands here for the purpose." [1]

The same Baron Robert de Turnham (d. 1211), was noted as the younger son of Robert de Turnham, founder of Combwell Priory, Kent. His brother Stephen de Turham (d. 1215) was a justice who was also identified as Stephen de Tours or de Marzai, but this is where confusion starts. "Stephen de Tours or de Marzai (d. 1193) is mentioned in the Pipe Rolls for Norfolk in 1158, and was one of the Royal Chamberlains in 1161. There are references to him as 'Stephen de Turon' in the Pipe Rolls from 1159 to 1172. " [2]

Turnham (Turneham) Hall was a fortified manor house that included a chapel located west of Cliffe in Yorkshire on the banks of River Ouse, near Hemingbrough as early as 1327. At one time, the house was moated but that section was destroyed in the 19th century.

Today Turnham-Green is a hamlet, in the parish of Chiswick, union of Brentford, Kensington division of the hundred of Ossulstone, in Middlesex. "The village contains many handsome houses occupied by genteel families; it is lighted with gas, and supplied with water from the West London water-works. " [1]

Originally known as Turneham in 1235 and later as Turnhamgrene in 1369, the Battle of Turnham Green was fought nearby during the First English Civil War on 13 November 1642 which resulted in the Parliamentarians blocking the King's advance to London. The village is briefly mentioned in Charles Dickens "Tale of Two Cities."

Early History of the Turnage family

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Turnage Spelling Variations

Spelling variations of this family name include: Turnham, Turnam, Turneham, Tirnham, Tyrneham, Tyrnham, Turnhum and many more.

Early Notables of the Turnage family (pre 1700)

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Turnage Ranking

In the United States, the name Turnage is the 5,110th most popular surname with an estimated 4,974 people with that name. [3]

United States Turnage migration to the United States +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Turnage Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
  • Allen H. Turnage, aged 28, who immigrated to the United States, in 1918
  • Henry F. Turnage, aged 26, who immigrated to America, in 1921
  • N. F. Turnage, aged 27, who landed in America, in 1922
  • H. F. Turnage, aged 28, who landed in America, in 1923

Contemporary Notables of the name Turnage (post 1700) +

  • Wallace Turnage (1846-1916), American escaped slave who wrote a narrative
  • Frederick E. Turnage (1936-2011), American politician, North Carolina city councillor and former mayor of Rocky Mount
  • Allen H. Turnage (1891-1971), United States Marine Corps General, recipient of the Navy Cross and the Distinguished Service Medal
  • Mark-Anthony Turnage (b. 1960), English composer of classical music
  • Major General Thomas K. Turnage (1923-2000), head of the Veterans Administration

  1. Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.
  2. Smith, George (ed), Dictionary of National Biography. London: Smith, Elder & Co., 1885-1900. Print
  3. "What are the 5,000 Most Common Last Names in the U.S.?"., on Facebook