The surname Torkington is of local origin, being one of those surnames which is based on the place where a man once lived or where he held land. In this instance it means "of Torkington" and denotes one who came from this township in the parish of Stockport. The placename itself probably means "a settlement of Tork's people". The suffix "ton", from the Anglo-Saxon "tun" meaning "homestead", is a very common element in English surnames. Indeed, in 1673, Richard Vershigan wrote:
"In Foord, in Ham, in Ley, in Tun,There are plenty of early references to the surname. One Simon de Torkington lived in East Cheshire in 1225. The prefix "de" means "from" and thus reinforces the local origin. French prefixes were commonly found in English surnames at this time due to the influence of French after the Normal Conquest of 1066. In later references the prefix has been dropped. For instance, the Parish Church records at Stockport refer to one Alexander Torkington who was buried in 1605. Other variants of the name are Talkington and Turkington.
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