Origin of the Name Turner
The ancient history of the name Turner
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 Turner
include Turnor, Turnhour and Aletunner. Meaning 'latheworker', this is an occupational name for someone who makes small objects out of wood, metal or bone, by turning on a Lathe. This name was introduced from Normandy around the thirteenth century and is thus of Anglo-Norman descent spreading from England to Ireland, Scotland and Wales in early times and is found in many mediaeval manuscripts in these countries. Examples of such are an Aylbricht le Turner, London, and a Geoffrey le Turner, County Cambridgeshire, who were recorded in the 'Hundred Rolls', England, in the year 1273. A Thomas dictus Turnour is recorded as holding lands in Aberdeen, Scotland, in the year 1382. In Ireland this name and its variants are on record since the fifteenth century and were introduced into Ulster Province by settlers who arrived from England and Scotland. The Gaelic form of the name is 'Mac an Tuirneir'.
The Turner 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 Turner descendants.