Re: family name origins and history
The origins of the surname Tozer have been covered lightly here. Maybe I can help. In England the Tozer can be traced clearly throught the West Country. In thecentury William of Orange came ashore in Brixham in the South West in 1688 and brought with him his entourage which included, obviously, cloth makers and workers of that ilk. As has been said Tozer comes from the technique of combing wool. (Think of modern english, when you tease something out of a difficult or fiddly place). In the Orange museum in Brixham there is a list of all the men that came ashore with William of Orange and a Tozer is named. This would explain why there are so many in Devon. We have a photo of a great, great Grandfather, the photo is dated 1882, with a small inscription that says he was coming back from seeing off family emigrating. We know of cousins in Cleveland, Ohia. Not much more. Any more info. let me know. Not much space here, if you want more of the story of Bill of Orange let me know as well.