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Origins of the Turner surname

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What does the name Turner mean?

The origin of the Turner surname is thought to be mostly occupational, relating to those who made objects by using a lathe, turning wood or metal to finish them. More rarely Turner can refer to someone who runs or takes part in a tournament, or can be related to someone who is noted to be fast at running, a 'turnhare'. The Turner surname has been found in documents dating back to the 1100s and is believed to have originated in Normandy, being brought to England with the Norman conquest of the 11th century.

Alternative variations of the name Turner

Turner, Turnour, Turnar, Torner, Turnor

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Where do most Turners live?

In 1921, most Turners lived in London.


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Interesting facts about Turners

How common is your surname?

21st most common surname in the UK

We have 845,000 records for the Turner surname. The oldest one dates back to 1220.

Who were Turners most likely to marry?

Smiths

&

Joneses

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What are the most common Turner first names?

  • John
  • William
  • Mary
  • Elizabeth

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Common jobs for Turners

Men and women often performed different types of jobs, so these are displayed by gender to maintain their historical accuracy.

Common Female occupations for Turners in 1921
Dressmaker

3,439

Cotton Weaver

2,192

Laundress

2,128

Domestic Servant

2,106

General Servant Domestic

1,883

Common Male occupations for Turners in 1921
Agricultural Labourer

3,822

General Labourer

3,075

Coal Miner

2,910

Farm Labourer

2,151

Farmer

2,114

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