Origin of the Name Toner
family history was found in the allfamilycrests.com archives.
Over the centuries Surnames developed a wide number of variants. Different spellings of the same name can be traced back to an original root. Additionally when a bearer of a name emigrated it was not uncommon that their original name would be incorrectly transcribed in the record books at their new location. Surnames were also often altered over the years based on how they sounded phonetically and depending on the prevailing political conditions it may have been advantageous to change a name from one language to another.
Variants of the name Toner
include Tonar, Tenor, Tener, Tonry, Tonra and Tunry. This Gaelic form of this name is O'Tomhrair who were a sept of the Cenel Eoghain. This sept came from Ulster. A sept or clan was a collective term describing a group of persons whose immediate ancestors bore a common surname and inhabited the same territory. This name is derived from the Scandinavian King of Dublin in the tenth century. They possessed territory on the shores of the River Foyle near Lifford. They then moved eastwards into County Derry and County Armagh and are recorded in the seventeenth century as one of the principal Irish names there. The Church of Killodonnell, County Donegal, was called in earlier times Killotoner. Some families of the name settled in Counties Mayo and Sligo and it is here that the variants Tonra and Tunry are found. In modern times this name is found mostly in its original Ulster territory.
The Toner coat of arms came into existence centuries ago. The process of creating coats of arms (also often called family crests) began in the eleventh century although a form of Proto-Heraldry may have existed in some countries prior to this. The new art of Heraldry made it possible for families and even individual family members to have their very own coat of arms, including all Toner descendants.