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An excerpt from www.HouseOfNames.com archives copyright 2000 - 2016

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The Norman Conquest of England in 1066 brought much change to the island nation, including many immigrants with new names. Among these immigrants were the ancestors of the Turney family, who lived in Shropshire. Their name, however, is a reference to Tournay-Sur-Dive, Normandy, the family's place of residence prior to the Norman Conquest of England in 1066.

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Before the last few hundred years the English language had no fixed system of spelling rules. For that reason, spelling variations occurred commonly in Anglo Norman surnames. Over the years, many variations of the name Turney were recorded, including Tournay, Tornay, Tornai, Tourney and others.

First found in Shropshire where they were Lords of the manor of Kinnersley and other lands in that shire, which the Domesday Book in 1086 shows as being an under tenant of Earl Roger. They were originally castellans of the castle at Exmes for the Counts of Exmes, the Montgomerys. The Tournay estates were originally at Tournay-Sur-Dive at Orne in the arrondisement of Argentan in Normandy.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Turney research. Another 196 words (14 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Turney History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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

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Some of the Turney family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 125 words (9 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products.

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The unstable environment in England at this time caused numerous families to board ships and leave in search of opportunity and freedom from persecution abroad in places like Ireland, Australia, and particularly the New World. The voyage was extremely difficult, however, and only taken at great expense. The cramped conditions and unsanitary nature of the vessels caused many to arrive diseased and starving, not to mention destitute from the enormous cost. Still opportunity in the emerging nations of Canada and the United States was far greater than at home and many went on to make important contributions to the cultures of their adopted countries. An examination of many early immigration records reveals that people bearing the name Turney arrived in North America very early:

Turney Settlers in United States in the 17th Century


  • James Turney settled in Virginia in 1652
  • James Turney, who arrived in Virginia in 1652
  • Richard Turney, who arrived in Maryland in 1659

Turney Settlers in United States in the 18th Century


  • John Turney settled in Maryland in 1761

Turney Settlers in United States in the 19th Century


  • Eugene Patrick Turney, aged 22, landed in Mobile, Ala in 1846
  • S H Turney, who landed in San Francisco, California in 1850
  • John Turney, who landed in Somerset County, Pennsylvania in 1854
  • James Turney settled in Philadelphia in 1855
  • Francis Turney settled in Philadelphia in 1868


Turney Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century


  • Mary Turney, who landed in Nova Scotia in 1750
  • Timothy Turney, who arrived in Nova Scotia in 1750

Turney Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century


  • William Turney arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Cressy" in 1847

Turney Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century


  • Charles Turney arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Ann Wilson" in 1857
  • Maria Turney arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Ann Wilson" in 1857
  • Jane Turney arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Ann Wilson" in 1857
  • L. Turney, aged 29, arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Waitangi" in 1874
  • Bridget Turney, aged 30, arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Waitangi" in 1874

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  • Norris Turney (1921-2001), American jazz flautist and saxophonist
  • Peter Turney (1827-1903), American politician, Governor of the Tennessee (1893 to 1897)
  • Jacob Turney (1825-1891), American politician, U.S. House of Representatives from Pennsylvania
  • Hopkins L. Turney (1797-1857), American politician, United States Senator from Tennessee
  • Edwin Turney (1929-2008), American businessman,one of the founders of Advanced Micro Devices
  • M. M. Turney, American Republican politician, Delegate to Republican National Convention from Texas, 1924
  • Lester F. Turney (b. 1878), American Republican politician, Member of Connecticut State House of Representatives from Windsor, 1917-20
  • Karen Turney, American Democrat politician, Alternate Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Arizona, 2000
  • Jacob Turney (1825-1891), American Democrat politician, Member of Pennsylvania State Senate 22nd District, 1858-60; U.S. Representative from Pennsylvania 21st District, 1875-79
  • Hopkins Lacy Turney (1797-1857), American Democrat politician, Member of Tennessee State Legislature; U.S. Representative from Tennessee 5th District, 1837-43; U.S. Senator from Tennessee, 1845-51

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

This page was last modified on 7 January 2016 at 13:07.

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