The surname of TUKE was a baptismal name 'the son of Toke' The name was found in the Domesday Book as Toka (1086), and was probably brought to England in the wake of the Norman Conquest of 1066. Early records of the name mention Toke Lanarious, recorded in Yorkshire in the year 1195. Toke Dando, 1273 County Somerset. Tokus Bobyning was documented in County Somerset, during the reign of Edward III (1327-1377). Thomas Tuke, of Yorkshire was listed in the Yorkshire Poll Tax of 1379. Nicholas Toke of Oxford, registered at Oxford University in the year 1526. James Tucke was baptised at St. James's, Clerkenwell, London in 1675. Thomas Tooke and Elizabeth Atkins were married in London in 1676. William Toke of County Kent and Elizabeth Hilton, were married at St. James's, Clerkenwell, London in 1708. Roger Took and Elizabeth Grandee were married at St. George's Chapel, Mayfair, London in the year 1753. The name has many variant spellings which include Tooke, Tooke, Tuke, Toke and Tuckson. During the Middle Ages, when people were unable to read or write signs were needed for all visual identification. For several centuries city streets in Britain were filled with signs of all kinds, public houses, tradesmen and even private householders found them necessary. This was an age when there were no numbered houses, and an address was a descriptive phrase that made use of a convenient landmark. At this time, coats of arms came into being, for the practical reason that men went into battle heavily armed and were difficult to recognise. It became the custom for them to adorn their helmets with distinctive crests, and to paint their shields with animals and the like. Coats of arms accompanied the development of surnames, becoming hereditary in the same way. The associated arms are recorded in Burkes General Armory. Ulster King of Arms in 1884. It has long been a matter of doubt when the bearing of coats of arms first became hereditary and it was not until the Crusades that Heraldry came into general use. Men went into battle heavily armed and were difficult to recognise. It became the custom for them to adorn their helmets with distinctive crests, and to paint their shields with animals and the like. Coats of arms accompanied the development of surnames, becoming hereditary in the same way.
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