Turvey History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms 

Turvey is a name of ancient Norman origin. It arrived in England with the Norman Conquest of 1066. The Turvey family lived in Leicestershire. Their name, however, is a reference to Turville-la- Champagne, Normandy, the family's place of residence prior to the Norman Conquest of England in 1066. However, some believe the name is Anglo Saxon in origin, and meant 'dry field'. In the Anglo-Saxon Chronicle the name was recorded in 796 as Thyrefeld. Regardless of the origin, Ralph Turvill, a benefactor of the abbey of Leicester was the first record of the name in 1297.

Early Origins of the Turvey family

The surname Turvey was first found in Leicestershire where they held a family seat as Lords of the Manor of Herdebere, Pailington, Bedworth, Chelmscote, Fulbrooke, and Nuneaton. Normanton Turvile was their main seat. William de Turvile, a companion in arms of Duke William at the Battle of Hastings in 1066, was the first settler. William was descended from the Turville-la- Champagne, seated at Eure, at Amfreville-la- Champagne. In Buckinghamshire, the manor of Turville once belonged to the abbey at St Albans, but was seized by the Crown in the Dissolution of the Monasteries in 1547. The manor house has since been rebuilt as Turville Park, a fine stately home in the village of Turville.

Important Dates for the Turvey family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Turvey research. Another 102 words (7 lines of text) covering the years 1235 and 1250 are included under the topic Early Turvey History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Turvey Spelling Variations

Endless spelling variations are a prevailing characteristic of Norman surnames. Old and Middle English lacked any definite spelling rules, and the introduction of Norman French added an unfamiliar ingredient to the English linguistic stew. French and Latin, the languages of the court, also influenced spellings. Finally, Medieval scribes generally spelled words according to how they sounded, so one person was often referred to by different spellings in different documents. The name has been spelled Turvile, Turville, Tourville, Tourvile, Turvell, Turvill, Turvil and many more.

Early Notables of the Turvey family (pre 1700)

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Turvey migration to the United States

To escape the political and religious persecution within England at the time, many English families left for the various British colonies abroad. The voyage was extremely difficult, though, and the cramped, dank ships caused many to arrive in the New World diseased and starving. But for those who made it, the trip was most often worth it. Many of the families who arrived went on to make valuable contributions to the emerging nations of Canada and the United States. An inquiry into the early roots of North American families reveals a number of immigrants bearing the name Turvey or a variant listed above:

Turvey Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • John Turvey, who landed in New England in 1634-1635 [1]
  • Peter John Turvey, who arrived in Virginia in 1637 [1]
  • James Turvey, who arrived in Virginia in 1652 [1]

Turvey migration to Australia

Emigration to Australia followed the First Fleets of convicts, tradespeople and early settlers. Early immigrants include:

Turvey Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • George Turvey, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Canton" in 1846 [2]
  • Joseph Turvey, aged 21, who arrived in South Australia in 1851 aboard the ship "Osceola" [3]

Contemporary Notables of the name Turvey (post 1700)

  • Michael T. Turvey, the American Board of Trustees' Distinguished Professor of Experimental Psychology at the University of Connecticut
  • Anna Turvey (b. 1980), Racing cyclist competing for Ireland, she currently holds the national records in both the 10 and 25 mile individual time trials
  • Hugh Turvey (b. 1971), British artist, photographer and experimentalist
  • Nathan Turvey (b. 1977), former Australian rules footballer
  • Roland Archer Nicholas "Nick" Turvey (1931-2006), South African champion aerobatic and air show pilot, eight-time winner of the National Aerobatic Championships
  • John "Turkey" Turvey CM, OBC (1945-2006), Canadian long-time advocate for the disadvantaged in Vancouver, former heroin addict at the age of 13
  • Brad Turvey (b. 1978), Filipino actor and video jockey of Channel International
  • Oliver Turvey (b. 1987), British racing driver, the 2006 McLaren Autosport BRDC Award winner

Historic Events for the Turvey family

HMS Royal Oak
  • Albert R. Turvey, British Boy 1st Class with the Royal Navy aboard the HMS Royal Oak when she was torpedoed by U-47 and sunk; he survived the sinking [4]
RMS Titanic
  • Mr. Charles Turvey (d. 1912), aged 16, English Page Boy from London, England who worked aboard the RMS Titanic and died in the sinking [5]

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  1. ^ Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
  2. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) CANTON 1846. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1846Canton.htm
  3. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) OSCEOLA / ASCEOLA 1851. Retrieved http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1851Osceola-Asceola.htm
  4. ^ Ships hit by U-boats crew list HMS Royal Oak (08) - (Retrieved 2018 February, 9th) - retrieved from https://uboat.net/allies/merchants/crews/ship68.html
  5. ^ Titanic Passenger List - Titanic Facts. (Retrieved 2016, July 13) . Retrieved from http://www.titanicfacts.net/titanic-passenger-list.html
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