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Turner Genealogy and Turner Family History Information

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  • Abigail Turner (1751 - d.)
  • Abigail Turner (1700 - 1758)
    Abigail Church Birth: Mar 22 1699/00 - Scituate, Plymouth Co Mass, Massachusetts Death: After Apr 12 1758 Parents: Nathaniel Church, Judith Bosworth Husband: William Turner Children: ...
  • Abigail Turner (c.1632 - 1709)
    Abigail ?? [Pierce?] was born in Charlestown, MA ca 1636/38 [104] and died in Mar 1709/10 in Scituate, MA. [116] Her parents are not known (see Discussion below). Married: about 1657 to Charles...
  • Abigail Richards (1697 - 1736)
  • Alex Turner
    Alexander David "Alex" Turner (born 6 January 1986) is an English musician, singer, and songwriter. He is the lead vocalist, guitarist, and principal songwriter of the English indie rock band Arctic Mo...

About the Turner surname

Last name: Turner Recorded in several spellings including Turner, Turnor, Thurner, Tourner and Tournor, this is one of the great British surnames. With over fifty entries in the Dictionary of National Biography, it perhaps surprisingly it has at least three possible origins. Firstly, it may be an occupational name for a maker of small objects of wood, metal, or bone by turning on a lather, deriving from the Anglo-Norman French word "torner". Secondly, it may be a nickname for a fast runner, from the Middle English elements "turnen" to turn, plus the fusing of "hare" a hare. Thirdly, it may be occupational for an official in charge of a tournament, deriving from the Old French word "tornei". The surname dates back to the late 12th Century (see below), and early recordings include Ralph le Turner (1191 - 1192) in the Pipe Rolls of Leicestershire, and Bernard Turnehare in the Curia Regis Rolls of Staffordshire in 1224. Examples from the surviving church registers of the city of London include the marriage of John Turner to Amy German on April 19th 1553, at St. Leonard's Eastcheap, and the christening of Thomasyn Turnor, the daughter of Thomas Turnor, at the church of St Mary Aldermary, in the city of London, on November 16th 1599. John Turner, with his two sons, was one of the passengers on the "Mayflower", the ship in which the Pilgrim Fathers sailed from Plymouth to Massachusetts in 1620. The most famous bearer of the name was probably J. M. W. Turner (1775 - 1851), the English landscape painter and master of water colours. The first recorded spelling of the family name is shown to be that of Warner le Turnur, which was dated 1180, in the "Pipe Rolls of London", during the reign of King Henry 11, known as "The Builder of Churches", 1154 - 1189. There are Jews with the the Turner last name whose ancestors lived in central Europe and I wonder if their name was derived from the town of Turna. As I understand c. 1800 Jews in Central Europe were required to have last names and some chose a name based on the city they came from. Thus, for example, Berliner for a person who came from Berlin.