The surname of DELATORE was derived from the Old Danish THORIR, and was brought into England during the wake of the Norman Invasion of 1066. Many of the early names recorded in medieval documents denote noble families but many also indicate migration from the continent during the Norman invasion of 1066. There was a constant stream of merchants, workmen and others arriving in England during this time. In 1086 the Record of Great Inquisition of lands of England, their extent, value, ownership and liabilities was made by order of William The Conqueror. It is known as the Domesday Book. There are numerous entries of this name which include Thori, Tori, Thuri, Thure and Turi. The name is found mainly in the eastern counties of England, where the families settled on their arrival in the country. The practice of adopting surnames spread to Denmark and Norway from Germany, during the late Middle Ages, but until the 19th century, they were neither fixed nor universal. The Danish state has in recent years been encouraging the adoption of a wider range of surnames. Early records of the name mention Hugo filius Thory, who was documented in 1218 in County Lancashire, and John Thori appears in 1240 in County Norfolk. The bulk of European surnames in countries such as England and France were formed in the 13th and 14th centuries. The process started earlier and continued in some places into the 19th century, but the norm is that in the 11th century people did not have surnames, whereas by the 15th century they did.
The associated coat of arms is recorded in Sir Bernard Burkes General Armory. Ulster King of Arms in 1884. Torre (originally De Turri). Registered at Snydall, County York. The family settled in County Warwick during the reign of Henry II (1154-1189) and subsequently in the county of Lincoln, until the purchase in 1699 of the manor and lands of Snydall.
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