The surname of TOWLL is of two-fold origin, it was derived from the Old English word TOLL, and was a habitation name for one that came from Tollerton in Nottingham, or from Tollesbury in County Essex. Local names usually denoted where the original bearer of the name held his land, and indicated where he actually lived. It was also an occupational name 'a tax-gatherer'. Occupational surnames originally denoted the actual occupation followed by the individual. At what period they became hereditary is a difficult problem. Many of the occupation names were descriptive and could be varied. In the Middle Ages, at least among the Christian population, people did not usually pursue specialized occupations exclusively to the extent that we do today, and they would, in fact, turn their hand to any form of work that needed to be done, particularly in a large house or mansion, or on farms and smallholdings. In early documents, surnames often refer to the actual holder of an office, whether the church or state, as is the case here. Most of the European surnames in countries such as England, Scotland and France were formed in the thirteenth and fourteenth centuries. The process had started somewhat earlier and had continued in some places into the 19th century, but the norm is that in the tenth and eleventh centuries people did not have surnames, whereas by the fifteenth century most of the population had acquired a second name.
Early records of the name mention Tolle le grangier who was documented in the year 1218 in County Lancashire, and Roger Tolle appears in County Nottinghamshire in the year 1250. Nicholas Richard Tolle was recorded in 1275 in County Warwickshire. Thomas Towle, County Yorkshire, 1400. Edward Toweler of Hereford, married Mary Howe, in London in the year 1595. Thomas Quinney married Ann Towler at St. George's, Hanover Square, London in 1788
The name has many variant spellings which include Toll, Towler and Towl.
The associated coat of arms is recorded in Sir Bernard
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