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 http://www.towneley.org/downloads/file/875/tracing_the_towneleys
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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