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Turner family page


Edward Turner and Alice Maud Barnes

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Origins of surname

There are three possible derivations for this family name. It was an occupational name for a maker of small objects of wood, metal, or bone by turning on a lathe, derived 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.

Early records

The family name made its first appearance in Jersey church records in 1637 when Edouard Turner married Agnis Laty, but it was not until the mid 18th century, after the marriage of soldier Matthieu Turner and Anne Piton in 1754, that the first baptism, that of their child Mathieu a year later, appeared in the registers.


  • Turner
  • Le Tourneur, French equivalent, but an entirely separate family in Jersey

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