PASE: Prosopography of Anglo-Saxon England


[Image: Excerpt from the Domesday Book]
[Image: Durham Liber Vitae, folio 38r (extract)]


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Discussion of the name

Tonni is a variant form of the Old Danish and Old Swedish masculine name Tunni, itself perhaps a shortened form of an East Scandinavian name *Thurniutr (von Feilitzen 1937: 386, 389; Fellows-Jensen 1968: 290, 293).

The relevant entries in the PASE corpus are for Tonni 1 and Tunni 1, which are catch-all categories for occurrences of these spellings in DB; both forms are treated here as representing Tonni. There are also two entries for the Old English name Tunna, which does not seem to occur in DB; both entries refer to men active before the eleventh century.


Fellows Jensen 1968: Gillian Fellows Jensen, Scandinavian Personal Names in Lincolnshire and Yorkshire (Copenhagen: I Kommission hos Akademisk Forlag, 1968)

von Feilitzen 1937: Olof von Feilitzen, The Pre-Conquest Personal Names of Domesday Book, Nomina Germanica 3 (Uppsala: Almqvist and Wiksells, 1937)

Forms of the name

Spellings in Domesday Book: Tona, Tone, Tonna, Tonne, Tunna, Tunne

Forms in modern scholarship:

  von Feilitzen head forms: Tonni, Tunni

  Phillimore edition: Tonni

  Alecto edition: Tonni, Tunni

Distribution map of property and lordships associated with this name in DB

List of property and lordships associated with this name in DB

People of this name

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