Meaning and Origin of: Tur

Family name origins & meanings

  • Catalan : probably a topographic name from tur ‘tufa’, ‘porous limestone’. This name is very common in the Pitusses (Eivissa and Formentera) and Balearic Islands (Majorca and Minorca).
  • Polish, Belorussian and Jewish (eastern Ashkenazic) : from the nickname Tur meaning ‘aurochs’, ultimately cognate with Latin taurus ‘bull’ (see Toro). The Jewish surname is generally ornamental in origin.
  • Jewish (eastern Ashkenazic) : habitational name from Tury in Belarus.