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There are approximately 511 people named Toller in the UK. That makes it the 10,375th most common surname overall. Out of every million people in the UK, approximately 8 are named Toller.

Region of origin

British Isles

Country of origin

England

Language of origin

English

Religion of origin

Christian

Classification

English
Occupational Name

Related and similar surnames

Toler
Tolar
Toeller
Tiller
Taller
Teller
Toaller
Toaler
Toleer
Tolere
Tohler
Tolear
Tolera
Tolare
Toiller
Toleray
Tolerey
Toillier
Tolaro
Tolari
Toleris
Toiler
Tolerd
Tolaue
Tolarz
Tolars

The Toller surname in historical dictionaries

A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames (1901)

This surname is derived from an official title. 'the toller,' a toll-taker by road or in market; v. Toleman.

'Taillours and tynkers And tollers in markettes.': Piers Plowman, Prologue, 438-9.

'Tollers' office it is III, For they take toll oft against skill,' i.e. often contrary to reason (Halliwell).

Ralph le Toller. Calendarium Inquisitionum Post Mortem.

Bartholomew le Toller, c. 1300. Writs of Parliament.

John le Toller, 28 Edward I: Freemen of York.

Willelmus Toller, 1379: Poll Tax of Yorkshire.

Robertus Toller, 1379: ibid.

1602. Married — Francis Toler and Bridgitt Rafton: St. James, Clerkenwell.

1761. — Samuel Toller and Elizabeth Haggett: St. George, Hanover Square.

Bardsley, Charles Wareing Endell (1901) A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames, with special American instances. London, New York: H. Frowde. Public Domain

Homes of Family Names in Great Britain (1890)

The Tollers were Tavistock merchants in the 17th and 18th centuries (W. T.). Toller is a Dorset village.

Guppy, H. B. (1890) Homes of Family Names in Great Britain. London: Harrison and Sons. Public Domain

Ludus Patronymicus (1868)

Perhaps sometimes from Toller, name of two parishes co. Dorset.

Charnock, Stephen R. (1868) Ludus patronymicus; or, The etymology of curious surnames. London: Trubner & co. Public Domain.

Patronymica Britannica (1860)

1. Two parishes in Dorsetshire are so named. 2. Anglo-Saxon tollere, a publican, or taker of tolls and taxes. Halliwell quotes an old poem in Harl. MS., 2260, to the effect that the —

Lower, Mark A (1860) Patronymica Britannica: a dictionary of the family names of the United Kingdom. London: J.R. Smith. Public Domain.

Patronymica Cornu-Britannica (1870)

This name may sometimes be from toiler, a man that superintends tin-bounds; “so called,” says Polwhele, “because bounds are terminated by holes (tol, a hole) cut in the earth, which must be renewed and visited once in a year, or because he receives the tolls or dues of the lord of the soil.” Toler may be the same name.

Charnock, Stephen R. (1870) Patronymica Cornu-Britannica; or, The etymology of Cornish surnames. Longmans, Green, Reader and Dyer. Public Domain.

The Surnames of Scotland (1946)

Probably from ME. toller(e, OE. tollere, taxgatherer, publican. Hugh Toller, Ambrose Toller, and Nicholas Toller witnessed sale of land in Glasgow, c. 1280-90 (REG., p. 198). Elene Tollare, wife of Willelmus Dubrelle in Inverkethine, is in record, 1392 (RMS., I, 846), and Forsythe Toller was collector of petty customs of Dumbarton in 1428 (ER., IV, p. 462). Tollar 1431.

Black, George F. (1946) The Surnames of Scotland: their origin, meaning, and history. New York: New York Public Library. Public Domain.

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