This is an Olde Derbyshire locational name which has been dialectually transposed. It is first recorded in the Anglo-Saxon Chronicles for the year 1002 A.D. in the reign of Aetherlred the unready as 'Ticenheale' and later in the 1086 Domesday Book as Tichenhalle. The name translates as 'The house of Ticcen' with 'Ticcen' being a form of diminutive which translates as 'the child' or 'son' a term of endearment. The name development has included the following Ann Tocktnell, christened at St. Brides in 1630, Katherin Tocknell who married Richard Currier on 26th November, 1655 also at St. Brides and Ann Tichnall, St. Margarets Westminster in 1609. The first recorded spelling of the family name is shown to be that of Thomas Tocknell, which was dated 1612, Witness at St. Brides Church, Fleet Street, London, during the reign of King James I of England and VI of Scotland, 1603 - 1625. Surnames became necessary when governments introduced personal taxation. In England this was known as Poll Tax. Throughout the centuries, surnames in every country have continued to "develop" often leading to astonishing variants of the original spelling.
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