Turvill History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The ancestors of the Turvill family brought their name to England in the wave of migration after the Norman Conquest of 1066. They 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 Turvill family

The surname Turvill 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.

Early History of the Turvill family

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

Turvill Spelling Variations

A multitude of spelling variations characterize Norman surnames. Many variations occurred because Old and Middle English lacked any definite spelling rules. The introduction of Norman French to England also had a pronounced effect, as did the court languages of Latin and French. Therefore, one person was often referred to by several different spellings in a single lifetime. The various spellings include Turvile, Turville, Tourville, Tourvile, Turvell, Turvill, Turvil and many more.

Early Notables of the Turvill family (pre 1700)

Another 39 words (3 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Turvill Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.


United States Turvill migration to the United States +

Many English families left England, to avoid the chaos of their homeland and migrated to the many British colonies abroad. Although the conditions on the ships were extremely cramped, and some travelers arrived diseased, starving, and destitute, once in the colonies, many of the families prospered and made valuable contributions to the cultures of what would become the United States and Canada. Research into the origins of individual families in North America has revealed records of the immigration of a number of people bearing the name Turvill or a variant listed above:

Turvill Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • William Turvill, who landed in Maryland in 1670 [1]
Turvill Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
  • Bessie W. Turvill, aged 3, who landed in America from Portsmouth, in 1904
  • Henry John Turvill, aged 28, who settled in America from South Sea, in 1904
  • Annie Florence Turvill, aged 30, who landed in America from Portsmouth, in 1906
  • Arthur Turvill, aged 18, who immigrated to the United States from Siddlesham, England, in 1906
  • John Turvill, aged 52, who landed in America from Siddlesham, England, in 1906
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)


The Turvill Motto +

The motto was originally a war cry or slogan. Mottoes first began to be shown with arms in the 14th and 15th centuries, but were not in general use until the 17th century. Thus the oldest coats of arms generally do not include a motto. Mottoes seldom form part of the grant of arms: Under most heraldic authorities, a motto is an optional component of the coat of arms, and can be added to or changed at will; many families have chosen not to display a motto.

Motto: Virtus semper eadem
Motto Translation: Virtue is always the same.


  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)


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