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Where did the English Turney family come from? What is the English Turney family crest and coat of arms? When did the Turney family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Turney family history?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.
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.
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.
More information is included under the topic Early Turney Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.
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.
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
Turney Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
Turney Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
Turney Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century
Turney Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
Turney Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
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.
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