Turner (surname)

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Region of origin France
Meaning "the starling"
Other names
Variant(s) Turnor, Thurner, Tourner, Tournor, LeTourneau
Footnotes: [1]

Turner is a common surname originating from Normandy, France, and arriving in England after the Norman conquest with the earliest known records dated in the 12th century. The origin of the name comes from Old French "Le" meaning "The" and "etourneau" meaning "starling", thus giving us LeTourneau (pronounced le turner). Over time the "Le" or "L'" was dropped and in nearly all cases the spelling of the remaining tourneau became Anglicised. Turner is the 28th-most common surname in the United Kingdom.[1][2]

Early recordings of this surname include Ralph le Turner in the late 12th century. The earliest recorded spelling of this family name dates from 1180 for "Warner le Turnur".[1]

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  1. ^ a b c "Surname Database: Turner Last Name Origin". Retrieved 2012-12-19. 
  2. ^ Percy Hide Reaney; Richard Middlewood Wilson (1991). A Dictionary of English Surnames. Taylor & Francis Group. pp. 1879–. ISBN 978-0-415-05737-0. Retrieved 19 December 2012.