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.

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Gary Edwin Turner

John is my grandfather 7 times removed. My family has never left New England. It's hard to find information, however I do have a 214 page homemade book from my grandmother who passed away about 10 years ago. They all kept records of marriage and births. I'm so intrigued to find out more.

Amanda Turner Worth

I am a Turner from Alabama. My grandfather was born in Cyril, Al. His name was Leonard Odell Turner and his Daddy was George Washington Turner and his grandfather was William N, Turner. I would like to know more about my Turner heritage. Please contact me if you have more info on my family.

Jerry Boyd

I have a George Washington Turner in my tree. Life spaned 1877 - 1936. He was the brother of my Great Grandmother.

Jerry Boyd

Tree name is Westport BoydsII


My great great great great great grandfather was Nat Turner (1800-1831) the freedom fighter, leader of the Great Rebellion.

Doug Deschene

i am searching for Turners in my family Robert born 1813 in Ireland married Sarah Children: Adam b.1838 married Jane Hughson 1864 , Elmer b.1843, Sarah b.1848, Agnes b.1850 Rachel 1853

Pat Turner
My father was Edward Turner (1902-1975), grandfather was Patrick Turner (1857-1949). Both were born and died in Iowa. My great grandfather was Edward Turner born in Ireland, died in Iowa, dates unknown. I know Edward had one sister named Mary who was a sponsor for my grandfather's baptism. Her death record said her father name was John Turner also born in Ireland. There was a John and Rose Turner living nearby Edward and his wife Margaret in 1860 in Jackson and Jones counties, Iowa. According to census, they both were from Ireland. I found a John and Rose Turner in Kilshannig By Mallow, County Cork, Ireland. Does anyone have a connection to the Turners from Kilshannig By Mallow, County Cork, Ireland?
Thanks for any help.
email: pfturner at

Hi , my Grandmother on my mothers side was a Turner . Her Name was Hilda May. She married James Aslette . I am from Mackay Qld Australia

Nathan Turner
I don't really know where our name comes from, Could anyone help because people always think My Dad and I look German.All I know is the family came to ireland around the renaissance but I don't know from where.

Jim Turner
Hello - I'm starting a genealogy search and could use some advice. My grandfather was James Monroe Turner from Athens, TX. He died in 1982 in Ft Worth,TX at age 72. I'm at jim21turner at hotmail. Please no spam. Thanks for any help.

ellis turner
um i am doing research for a project do any of you know famous people related to us

Derek Turner
Derek Turner I'm the Turners from england, Germany and other areas and Surnames with my family are Kirchner, Ranger, Forward, amd Jimson is anyone else have one of these surnames in there family please contact me @ Also Im the canadian part of turner

Derek Turner
I'm the Turners from england, Germany and other areas and Surnames with my family are Kirchner, Ranger, Forward, amd Jimson is anyone else have one of these surnames in there family Also Im the canadian part of turner

michael penda turner
I am a Turner, but have no clue of any of my family history other then it being my dads dads last name. hes passed away and my mom and dad divorced when i bearly turned one and have been trying to make contact with him for years with no great out come. id live to learn where i come from and some family history. anyone have any great ideas

back to doing research anyone have a humphrey turner from kent england born 1593

Sure do ! Humphrey Turner 22 Oct 1593-1673. Married Lydia Gamer (1598-1673) on 24 Oct 1618. They had 8 children: John Turner Jan 1628, Joseph 1 Jan 1636, John 22 Oct 1620, Daniel 1641, Nathaniel 10 Mar 1638, Thomas 1639, Mary 25 Jan 1634, and Lydia 17 Feb 1629. I have posted my family history website in case you want to look at any more info.

Ron Turner
Hi Sylvia I'm a direct descendant of Humphrey Turner, I have alot of info on the Turner Family. Feel free to contact me at the following e-mail I will be glad to share anything I have with you. Good luck with you research. Ron

Faustine turner crum
My father was Humphrey turner from Garfield, Georgia. Any connection

my turner family info- my great grandfather was from some valley in wales and was a booth fighter and moved to islington where he had 12 sons not sure about daughters. 1 of his sons was frederick turner (my grandfather) and he moved with his wife to wales with the piano factory in the 40s. my grandmother who he married surname was weston and her mother was a gutteridge cousin of the late reg gutteridge and jackie pallo. any info?????

Colleen battin
Im looking for information on James L. and Almeda lewis Turner their son was Joseph clarence grandpa they lived around the chicago are.

Louise Turner
ny Turners from Bognor Regis area ? Would include Mabel wondered turner married to Gordon Turner they owned a done kiosk on Bognor seafront ? Mabels side of the family weird the welfares ?

Cecilia. cc. Turner

My. Family. Are. Turner s. Black. Indian. Irish. From. Clinton, Mississippi. My grandfather. Joesph. Turner. Was. Carpenter. Help. Build university. Of. Mississippi. My. Uncle. First black. Mail. Carrier. In. Clinton. Just. Wanted. To. Share

Kerry Ruggiero
Kerry Turner Ruggiero has anyone come across any turners possibly from new zealand all i have found on turners are of english origen

Puna Turner
Kia Ora from New Zealand!

Paul Eastwood-Williams
There is a whole Turner family from Christchurch NZ, linked to Nathaniel Turner (missionary)

Derek Turner
I'm the Turners from england, Germany and other areas and Surnames with my family are Kirchner, Ranger, Forward, amd Jimson is anyone else have one of these surnames in there family

Derek Turner
Also Im the canadian part of turner

I'm a turner from NZ my father was Melville Andrew Turner

Helen Sawyer ( nee Barnes)
Hi my name is Helen Sawyer, my paternal grandmother was Eliza Turner born 1897 in South Shields, England, daughter of of Amos Turner ( a master butcher) and Eliza Mee from Brampton, Derbyshire England, I have traced several generations back to the Chesterfield, where the Turner's were butchers and Inn keepers. I have been trying to trace any living relatives who may have more info and possibly photos. All members of my fathers immediate family have passed on so have no one to ask. Any info please contact me on Thanks Helen

Kerry Ruggiero
Kerry Turner Ruggiero Fathers Name William James Turner have been led to believe his mother was a maori but what i have found so far is english backgrounds does anyone have any info rteguarding this would be appreciated.

Diane Turner-Walker
Does anyone have a William Newton Turner relative who lived in Victoria or Edna Texas. He died during the depression in Edna, Tx. Cause of death was sucide bt poison. He was a blacksmith by trade.

Lanese Blackwell Lester
My mother's father was a Turner, WIlliam. Lived in Greer, SC at the time of his death.

My Turner line are from Ruthin, North Wales, I have traced every generation back to the mid 1700's, then I have a few gaps back to the 1500's to fill in.

Hi everyone! I`m gathering information about the Turner branch who came to Argentina after the first world war, My great grandfather, Frederick Turner came around that time yet I have no idea about his past . Please contact me, I would really appreciate it!

Kristine-Toni Turner
how do i find out where my Turner family comes from i have no family to tell me can anyone help me if so please send information to

Nicholas Turner, Surry ,England to Austraila.

gwendoline turner
does anyone know of a gladys alisya turner born around 1890 and died around 1940

C Fettes
Was she born in Canada?

Dan Turner
Tamara, I also find that my family started in Scotland and settled in Northern Ireland but by the 18th century left to settle in America. This has been verified by DNA samples from me and tested and family research. Maybe we have a link to each's family line.

William Turner
hey dan ive back tracked my family all the way back to the 1800 and before that i know they came to the states from the uk, ill look through my family records and see if i can pull some names up

Does anyone know anything about Noel Turner date of birth 1 September 1938 came from Liverpool married Margaret Turner had a son Tony Colin Daughter Pauline Jane Catherine.