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Turner is a name that came to England in the 11th century wave of migration that was set off by the Norman Conquest of 1066. Turner is a name for a lathe worker. The surname Turner was originally derived from the Old French verb tourneour, meaning to turn on a lathe. Such a craftsman would have fashioned basically cylindrical objects out of wood, metal, and bone.
The surname Turner was first found in Oxfordshire in midland England where they held a family seat from shortly after 1066.
Before the advent of the printing press and the first dictionaries, the English language was not standardized. Sound was what guided spelling in the Middle Ages, so one person's name was often recorded under several variations during a single lifetime. Spelling variations were common, even among the names of the most literate people. Known variations of the Turner family name include Turner, Turnerus, Turnor, Turnour, Turnoure and many more.
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Turner research. Another 371 words (26 lines of text) covering the years 1180, 1191, 1300, 1500, 1600, 1700, 1585, 1677, 1591, 1672, 1617, 1676, 1707, 1607, 1675, 1638, 1700, 1645, 1714, 1688, 1714, 1615, 1693, 1662, 1663, 1668, 1669, 1623, 1691, 1735 and are included under the topic Early Turner History in all our PDF Extended History products.
Another 301 words (22 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Turner Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.
Some of the Turner family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 101 words (7 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products.
To escape the political and religious chaos of this era, thousands of English families began to migrate to the New World in search of land and freedom from religious and political persecution. The passage was expensive and the ships were dark, crowded, and unsafe; however, those who made the voyage safely were encountered opportunities that were not available to them in their homeland. Many of the families that reached the New World at this time went on to make important contributions to the emerging nations of the United States and Canada. Research into various historical records has revealed some of first members of the Turner family to immigrate North America:
Turner Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
- William Turner who settled in Maine in 1607
- Henry Turner, who settled in Virginia in 1615
- Robert Turner, who was on record in Virginia in 1619
- Abraham Turner, who arrived in Plymouth, Massachusetts in 1620
- John Turner, his wife and two sons arrived in Plymouth in 1620
Turner Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
- Andrew Turner, who landed in Virginia in 1701
- Charles Turner, who landed in Virginia in 1705
- James Turner, who arrived in Georgia in 1733
- Alexander Turner, who landed in New England in 1738
- John Turner and his wife Elizabeth Turner, who arrived at Philadelphia in 1742
Turner Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
- Bartlett Turner, who arrived in New York, NY in 1811
- Bartholomew Turner, aged 27, landed in New York in 1812
- Cath Turner, who landed in New York, NY in 1812
- Duncan Turner, who landed in New York in 1820
- Frederick Turner, who landed in New York in 1849
Turner Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
- Alfred Turner, who arrived in Mississippi in 1902
- Albert Harry Turner, who arrived in Alabama in 1921
Turner Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century
- Francis Turner, who arrived in Nova Scotia in 1749
- Eleonora Turner, who arrived in Nova Scotia in 1757
- William Turner, who settled in Bonavista, Newfoundland in 1765
Turner Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century
- Daniel Turner, who landed in Canada in 1832
- John Turner, aged 25, arrived in Saint John, NB aboard the ship "Edward Reid" in 1833
- Agnes Turner, aged 23, arrived in Saint John, NB aboard the ship "Neptune" in 1834
- William Turner, aged 20, a labourer, arrived in Saint John, NB aboard the ship "Perseus" in 1834
- John Turner, aged 20, a labourer, arrived in Saint John, NB aboard the ship "Perseus" in 1834
Turner Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
- Malcolm Turner, Scottish convict from Glasgow, who was transported aboard the "Agamemnon" on April 22, 1820, settling in New South Wales, Australia
- Robert Turner, English convict from Middlesex, who was transported aboard the "Agamemnon" on April 22, 1820, settling in New South Wales, Australia
- James Edward Turner, English convict from London, who was transported aboard the "Asia" on September 3rd, 1820, settling in New South Wales, Austraila
- Edward Turner, English convict from Middlesex, who was transported aboard the "Asia" on April 1st, 1822, settling in New South Wales, Austraila
- Thomas Turner, English convict from Surrey, who was transported aboard the "Asia" on April 1st, 1822, settling in New South Wales, Austraila
Turner Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
- W Turner landed in Auckland, New Zealand in 1834
- Benjamin Turner landed in Bay of Islands, New Zealand in 1836
- Thomas Turner landed in Bay of Islands, New Zealand in 1836
- Isabella Turner, aged 28, a housemaid, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Blenheim" in 1840
- John Turner, aged 20, a mason, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Blenheim" in 1840
- Barbara Turner (1936-2016), American two-time Primetime Emmy Award nominated screenwriter and actress, known for The Company (2003), Pollock (2000) and Hemingway & Gellhorn (2012)
- Paul Kevin Turner (1969-2016), American NFL football fullback
- Mr. Scott Turner, American 1st Class Passenger from Lansing, Michigan, USA, who sailed aboard the RMS Lusitania and survived the sinking
- Morris "Morrie" Turner (1923-2014), the first nationally syndicated African American cartoonist, best known for his strip Wee Pals
- Frederick Leo "Fred" Turner (1933-2013), American restaurant industry executive, chair and CEO of McDonald's
- Tina Turner (b. 1939), award-winning American singer and actress named "one of the greatest singers of all time" by Rolling Stone
- Ike Wister Turner (1931-2007), American musician, bandleader, talent scout, and record producer considered to be one of the fathers of rock and roll
- First Lieutenant William Turner (1892-1918), United States Army officer who received the Medal of Honor for his actions in World War I
- Sergeant Harold Leo Turner (1898-1938), United States Army soldier who received the Medal of Honor during World War I
- Julia Jean Mildred Frances Turner (1920-1995), original name of Lana Turner, the American actress
- Gibson, McCormick, Turner Genealogy by F. McCormick.
- Meshack Turner III, His Wife Sarah Robey Tucker by Lucille R. Maddox.
- Book I, Descendants of Benjamin Turner, Mariner, 1721-1985 and Book II, Allied Ancestors and Cousins by Susan Hewitt Pierson.
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- 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.
- Robb H. Amanda and Andrew Chesler. Encyclopedia of American Family Names. New York: Haper Collins, 1995. Print. (ISBN 0-06-270075-8).
- Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin . Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8).
- Hanks, Hodges, Mills and Room. The Oxford Names Companion. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2002. Print. (ISBN 0-19-860561-7).
- Ingram, Rev. James. Translator Anglo-Saxon Chronicle 1823. Print.
- Shaw, William A. Knights of England A Complete Record from the Earliest Time to the Present Day of the Knights of all the Orders of Chivalry in England, Scotland, Ireland and Knights Bachelors 2 Volumes. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print. (ISBN 080630443X).
- Fairbairn. Fairbain's book of Crests of the Families of Great Britain and Ireland, 4th Edition 2 volumes in one. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1968. Print.
- Foster, Joseph. Dictionary of Heraldry Feudal Coats of Arms and Pedigrees. London: Bracken Books, 1989. Print. (ISBN 1-85170-309-8).
The Turner Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Turner 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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