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The associated coat of arms for this name are recorded in J.B Rietstaps Armorial General. Illustrated by V & H.V Rolland's. This Monumental work took 23 years to complete and 85,000 coats of Arms are included in this work. This surname of TURCHI was originally derived from the Old French word TURC, and was applied as a nickname to a rowdy or unruly person. The name was also adopted by Jews from a house name derived from the use of a picture of a Turk as a house sign. Other spellings of the name include TURQ, LETURC, TURCO, TUCHI, TURKOW, TURK and TURQUET to name but a few. The name was introduced into England during a third crusade (1187-92), and was found in London fifty years earlier. In Scotland the name is Galwegian, gaelicized as MacTuirc. John Makturk in Mekel Ariewland in the barony of Mochrum is in record in 1538, and Bessie Makturck was married in Edinburgh in 1621. John Makturke appears in 1624 and John M'Turk is recorded in the parish of Carsphairn in the year 1674. Several persons of this name were charged with being disorderly in the parish of Carsfern in 1684. John Macturk, a parish schoolmaster of Tillicoultry, nearly a century ago, was a man of wide culture. Early records of the name in England mention William le Turc, County Essex, 1273. Philip Turk, County Somerset, was documented during the reign of Edward III (1327-1377). Baptised. Robert Turke at St. Michael, Cornhill, London in the year 1613. Thomas Turk married Elizabeth Jones at St. George's Chapel, Mayfair, London in 1751. Originally the coat of arms identified the wearer, either in battle or in tournaments. Completely covered in body and facial armour the knight could be spotted and known by the insignia painted on his shield, and embroidered on his surcoat, the draped garment which enveloped him. Between the 11th and 15th centuries it became customary for surnames to be assumed in Europe, but were not commonplace in England or Scotland before the Norman Conquest of 1066. They are to be found in the Domesday Book of 1086. Those of gentler blood assumed surnames at this time, but it was not until the reign of Edward II (1307-1327) that second names became general practice for all people.

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Last Updated: January 15th, 2021

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