Normans brought with them when they conquered England in 1066. The Turnpenny family lived in Kent. Their name, however, is a reference to Tupigny, Normandy, the family's place of residence prior to the Norman Conquest of England in 1066. The spelling twopenny is a result of an Anglicized spelling of the pronunciation of a French place-name that coincidentally resembled the phrase two penny.
Early Origins of the Turnpenny family
Kent where they held a family seat as Lords of the manor from ancient times, after the Norman Conquest in 1066 A.D. They were descended from Tupigny, a Norman noble. The reference to Twopenny, an obvious connection to money, identified by Victorian scholars is not thought to have any connection to this name, and is a coincidence in which the French spelling coincided with a common English phrase.
Early History of the Turnpenny family
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Turnpenny 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 Turnpenny family name include Toopenny, Twopenny, Tupigny, Tupenny and others.
Early Notables of the Turnpenny family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Turnpenny family to the New World and Oceana
Some of the first settlers of this family name were:
Turnpenny Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
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