The Norman/Flemish Theory.


One theory initially examined was whether the name Tunaley could be derived from Norman origins including whether there is an association with the area in Lancashire which was

originally known as Tunleia following the Norman Conquest. This area became Towneley, with land owned by the Towneley family, but other offshoot derivations appeared to have

arisen in people's names such as Richard de Tunlay and Edmund Touneley. Click here for

It seems alternative spellings of Turneley, Turnely, Turneleye also appeared in significant numbers in Chipping Lancashire in the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries, Chipping

being a small town of Norman origin.

Moreover, a Turneley family of presumably Flemish origin is recorded as living in Great Longstone village, Derbyshire in the early eighteenth century.

The village cross dates back to a time when Flemish weavers settled in this part of Derbyshire and established a stocking industry. However, it appears the Turneley family

themselves were, or had become, miners.

The frequency of the name Turneley or its derivatives in the 15 and 1600's contrasts with the name Tunaley not appearing on records until the eighteenth century which

might suggest a simple dropping of the "r" that had crept into the spelling.


However, following detailed investigation, no direct evidence has been found that might suggest a link between these people of Norman/Flemish

or Lancastrian descent and the Tunaley family. Additionally, records indicate that most if not all early Tunaley contacts outside of

Derby were in London rather than North Derbyshire or Lancashire.



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