This interesting and unusual surname is of English origin, and means "the son of Tuket, or Touchet", a diminutive of Tooke, which is derived from the Old Norse personal name or byname "Toki" of uncertain origin, however, it could be a short form of Thirkill. The name development since 1273 (see below) includes the following: Simon Tochet (1273, Linconshire), Willelmus Tuket (1379, Yorkshire) and Nicholas Tuckett (1809, London). The modern surname can be found as Tuckett, Tuckitt, Tochet and Tuchet; Tochet and Tuchet, however may be confused with Touchet, a diminutive of the French topographical surname Touche. Among the recordings in London are the christening of William, son of John and Anne Tuckett, on January 22nd 1707 at St. Mary's, St. Marylebone, and the marriage of Arthur Tuckett and Miler Lemon on January 31st 1723 at St. Dunstan in the East. Samuel Tuckett married Maria Heath on July 8th 1781 at St. Anne's, Soho, Westminster. The first recorded spelling of the family name is shown to be that of Nicholas Tochet, which was dated 1273, The Hundred Rolls of Lincolnshire, during the reign of King Edward 1, "The Hammer of the Scots", 1272 - 1307. 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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