Turner (surname)

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Turner
Family name
Meaning"one who works with a lathe"
Region of originUnited Kingdom
Related namesTurnor, Thurner, Tourner, Tournor
Footnotes: [1]
 
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Turner
Family name
Meaning"one who works with a lathe"
Region of originUnited Kingdom
Related namesTurnor, Thurner, Tourner, Tournor
Footnotes: [1]

Turner is a common surname originating in England, dating back as far as the 12th century. There are three possible sources for this name. The common source is that it is an occupational surname meaning "one who works with a lathe", derived from the Anglo-Norman French word "torner". Another source from Middle English is as a nickname for a fast runner derived from "Turn Hare", one so speedy that he can run faster than a hare. The final source is possible derived from the Old French "tornei" as an official in charge of a tournament. 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.