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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. [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
Bardsley, C.W, A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6)


Turner Early Origins



The surname Turner was first found in Oxfordshire in midland England but was found throughout England. "It is well represented in the midlands, especially in Derbyshire, Nottinghamshire, and Staffordshire, and is also numerous in Lancashire." [2]CITATION[CLOSE]
Guppy, Henry Brougham, Homes of Family Names in Great Britain. 1890. Print.
Mark Antony Lower in his source Patronymica Britannica suggests that the name is all "out of all proportion, to the number of persons engaged in the trade" of the lathe. He argues that the family may have first appeared before the Conquest in a grant to the monastery of Croyland, in 1051, being signed, among others, by a Turnerus Capellanus. [3]CITATION[CLOSE]
Lowe, Mark Anthony, Patronymica Britannica, A Dictionary of Family Names of the United Kingdom. London: John Russel Smith, 1860. Print.
Moreover, the family was also quite numerous in Scotland from early times.

The Hundredorum Rolls list: Aylbricht le Turnur in London in 1271; Geoffrey le Turner in Cambridgeshire; and William le Tumor in Oxfordshire. The latter two listings were probably made in 1273. The Yorkshire Poll Tax Rolls of 1379 list Johannes Tumour, turnour. Ironically there are very few listings in the early rolls of the trade. Calendarium Rotulorum Originalium listed William le Tournour and Kirby's Quest listed Henry le Tornour in Somerset during the first year of Edward III reign. [4]CITATION[CLOSE]
Dickinson, F.H., Kirby's Quest for Somerset of 16th of Edward the 3rd London: Harrison and Sons, Printers in Ordinary to Her Majesty, St, Martin's Lane, 1889. Print.
[1]CITATION[CLOSE]
Bardsley, C.W, A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6)

In Scotland, "a family of this name had possession of the estate of Ardwall in the parish of New Abbey for many generations." [5]CITATION[CLOSE]
Black, George F., The Surnames of Scotland Their Origin, Meaning and History. New York: New York Public Library, 1946. Print. (ISBN 0-87104-172-3)
Black continues Thomas dictus Tumour held land in Aberdeen in 1382; John Turnoure held land in Irvine in 1426; William Tumour, merchant of Scotland, had a safe conduct in England, 1473; William Turnoure is recorded in Edinburgh, 1482.


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Turner Spelling Variations


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Turner Spelling Variations



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.

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Turner Early History


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Turner Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Turner research. Another 373 words (27 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 and printed products wherever possible.

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Turner Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Turner Early Notables (pre 1700)



Outstanding amongst the family at this time was Sir Timothy Turner SL JP (1585-1677), an English judge; Thomas Turner (1591-1672), an English Royalist churchman and Dean of Canterbury; Sir Edward Turnor or Turnour (1617-1676), Speaker of the House of Commons of England; Sir Edmund Turnor (died 1707) of Stoke Rochford, Lincolnshire...

Another 108 words (8 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Turner Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Turner In Ireland


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Turner In Ireland



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 and printed products wherever possible.

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The Great Migration



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
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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
  • Mr. Edward Turner U.E. who settled in Western District [The townships of Essex County and Kent County], Ontario c. 1778 arrived with 2 children [6]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Rubincam, Milton. The Old United Empire Loyalists List. Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc, 1976. (Originally published as; United Empire Loyalists. The Centennial of the Settlement of Upper Canada. Rose Publishing Company, 1885.) ISBN 0-8063-0331-X
  • Private. Holden Turner U.E. who settled in Lincoln, Sunbury County, New Brunswick c. 1783 was passenger number 466 aboard the ship "HMS Clinton", picked up on November 14, 1783 at East River, New York, USA arriving in Port Roseway [Shelburne], Nova Scotia on December 13, 1783 he served in the 22nd Regiment of Foot [6]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Rubincam, Milton. The Old United Empire Loyalists List. Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc, 1976. (Originally published as; United Empire Loyalists. The Centennial of the Settlement of Upper Canada. Rose Publishing Company, 1885.) ISBN 0-8063-0331-X
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Turner Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century

  • Daniel Turner, who landed in Canada in 1832
  • John Turner, aged 25, arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick aboard the ship "Edward Reid" in 1833
  • Agnes Turner, aged 23, arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick aboard the ship "Neptune" in 1834
  • William Turner, aged 20, a labourer, arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick aboard the ship "Perseus" in 1834
  • John Turner, aged 20, a labourer, arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick aboard the ship "Perseus" in 1834
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Turner Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • Peter Turner landed in Friendly Island, NZ, New Zealand in 1830
  • W Turner landed in Auckland, New Zealand in 1834
  • Thomas Turner landed in Bay of Islands, New Zealand in 1836
  • Benjamin Turner landed in Bay of Islands, New Zealand in 1836
  • W Turner landed in Waipa River, New Zealand in 1839
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Contemporary Notables of the name Turner (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Turner (post 1700)



  • Molly Turner (1923-2016), American Emmy Award-winning television reporter and television news anchor
  • Walter Raymond "Ret" Turner (1929-2016), American costume designer, best known for his work for Cher, Lucille Ball, Barry Manilow, Shirley Booth, Lily Tomlin, Marie Osmond and many more
  • 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
  • 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
  • ... (Another 25 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Turner Historic Events


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Turner Historic Events




Arrow Air Flight 1285

  • Mr. Vincent L Turner (b. 1958), American Sergeant from Huntsville, Alabama, USA who died in the crash of Arrow Air Flight 1285 on December 12, 1985 in Gander, Newfoundland, Canada

Empress of Ireland

  • Mr. Joseph Turner, British Assistant Cook from United Kingdom who worked aboard the Empress of Ireland and survived the sinking on May 29th 1914
  • Mr. Joseph Henry Turner (1890-1914), Canadian Third Class Passenger from Calgary, Alberta, Canada who was traveling aboard the Empress of Ireland and died in the sinking on May 29th 1914

Halifax Explosion

  • Mr. Henry  Turner (1855-1917), Canadian resident from Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada who died in the Halifax Explosion on 6th December 1917
  • Mrs. Turner, Canadian resident from Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada who died in the Halifax Explosion on 6th December 1917
  • Mr. N  Turner, Canadian resident from Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada who died in the Halifax Explosion on 6th December 1917
  • Mr. Harold  Turner, Canadian resident from Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada who died in the Halifax Explosion on 6th December 1917
  • Mr. Allen A  Turner (1897-1917), Canadian resident from Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada who died in the Halifax Explosion on 6th December 1917

Hillcrest Coal Mine

  • Mr. William Turner (1879-1914), English Miner from Wigan, Lancashire,, England, United Kingdom who worked in the Hillcrest Coal Mine, Alberta, Canada and died in the mine collapse on June 19 1914
  • Mr. Thomas Turner (1883-1914), English Miner from Wigan, Lancashire,, England, United Kingdom who worked in the Hillcrest Coal Mine, Alberta, Canada and died in the mine collapse on June 19 1914

HMAS Sydney II

  • Mr. Harold Turner (1911-1941), Australian Signalman from Kingsford, New South Wales, Australia, who sailed into battle aboard HMAS Sydney II on the 19th November 1941 and died during the sinking
  • Mr. Kenneth James Turner (1921-1941), Australian Ordinary Seaman from Frankston, Victoria, Australia, who sailed into battle aboard HMAS Sydney II on the 19th November 1941 and died during the sinking
  • Mr. George Alfred Turner (1923-1941), Australian Ordinary Seaman 2nd Class from West Brunswick, Victoria, Australia, who sailed into battle aboard HMAS Sydney II on the 19th November 1941 and died during the sinking
  • Mr. William Ross Turner (1920-1941), Australian Able Seaman from Subiaco, Western Australia, Australia, who sailed into battle aboard HMAS Sydney II on the 19th November 1941 and died during the sinking

HMS Hood

  • Mr. John Turner (b. 1920), English Stoker 1st Class serving for the Royal Navy from Cheadle, Staffordshire, England, who sailed into battle on the HMS Hood and died on 24th May 1941 in the sinking
  • Mr. George H F Turner (b. 1917), Scottish Stoker 1st Class serving for the Royal Navy from Rosyth, Fife, Scotland, who sailed into battle on the HMS Hood and died on 24th May 1941 in the sinking
  • Mr. George F Turner (b. 1918), English Stoker 1st Class serving for the Royal Navy from Winton, Bournemouth, Hampshire, England, who sailed into battle on the HMS Hood and died on 24th May 1941 in the sinking

HMS Prince of Wales

  • Mr. Wilfred B Turner, British Able Seaman, who sailed in to battle on the HMS Prince of Wales and survived the sinking
  • Mr. Robert Turner, British Engine Room Artificer 5th Class, who sailed in to battle on the HMS Prince of Wales and survived the sinking
  • Mr. Percy P Turner, British Cook, who sailed in to battle on the HMS Prince of Wales and survived the sinking
  • Mr. James Turner, British Ordinary Seaman, who sailed in to battle on the HMS Prince of Wales and survived the sinking
  • Mr. James Crowley Turner, British Corporal, who sailed in to battle on the HMS Prince of Wales and survived the sinking

HMS Repulse

  • Mr. Harold Turner, British Stoker 1st Class, who sailed into battle on the HMS Repulse and died during the sinking
  • Mr. George Turner, British Marine, who sailed into battle on the HMS Repulse and survived the sinking
  • Mr. James Turner, British Leading Seaman, who sailed into battle on the HMS Repulse and survived the sinking
  • Mr. Lionel Turner, British Able Bodied Seaman, who sailed into battle on the HMS Repulse and survived the sinking
  • Mr. Herbert Lewis Turner, British Leading Seaman, who sailed into battle on the HMS Repulse and died during the sinking
  • ... (Another 2 entries are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

RMS Lusitania

  • Captain William Thomas Turner, English Captain from Liverpool, England, who worked aboard the RMS Lusitania and survived the sinking
  • Mr. Joseph Turner, English Trimmer from England, who worked aboard the RMS Lusitania and died in the sinking
  • Mr. Scott Turner, American 1st Class Passenger from Lansing, Michigan, USA, who sailed aboard the RMS Lusitania and survived the sinking

RMS Titanic

  • Mr. Leopold Turner (d. 1912), aged 28, English First Class Saloon Steward from Southampton, Hampshire (Shropshire) who worked aboard the RMS Titanic and died in the sinking and was recovered by CS Mackay-Bennett

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Suggested Readings for the name Turner


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Suggested Readings for the name Turner



  • 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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Citations



  1. ^ Bardsley, C.W, A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6)
  2. ^ Guppy, Henry Brougham, Homes of Family Names in Great Britain. 1890. Print.
  3. ^ Lowe, Mark Anthony, Patronymica Britannica, A Dictionary of Family Names of the United Kingdom. London: John Russel Smith, 1860. Print.
  4. ^ Dickinson, F.H., Kirby's Quest for Somerset of 16th of Edward the 3rd London: Harrison and Sons, Printers in Ordinary to Her Majesty, St, Martin's Lane, 1889. Print.
  5. ^ Black, George F., The Surnames of Scotland Their Origin, Meaning and History. New York: New York Public Library, 1946. Print. (ISBN 0-87104-172-3)
  6. ^ Rubincam, Milton. The Old United Empire Loyalists List. Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc, 1976. (Originally published as; United Empire Loyalists. The Centennial of the Settlement of Upper Canada. Rose Publishing Company, 1885.) ISBN 0-8063-0331-X

Other References

  1. Chadwick, Nora Kershaw and J.X.W.P Corcoran. The Celts. London: Penguin, 1790. Print. (ISBN 0140212116).
  2. The Norman People and Their Existing Descendants in the British Dominions and the United States Of America. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1975. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0636-X).
  3. Burke, John Bernard Ed. The Roll of Battle Abbey. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  4. Magnusson, Magnus. Chambers Biographical Dictionary 5th edition. Edinburgh: W & R Chambers, 1990. Print.
  5. Markale, J. Celtic Civilization. London: Gordon & Cremonesi, 1976. Print.
  6. 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.
  7. Humble, Richard. The Fall of Saxon England. New York: Barnes and Noble, 1975. Print. (ISBN 0-88029-987-8).
  8. Leeson, Francis L. Dictionary of British Peerages. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1986. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-1121-5).
  9. Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin . Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8).
  10. 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.
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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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