"works with a lathe"

Turner Origin and Meaning

The name Turner is a boy's name of English origin meaning "works with a lathe".

Turner is a name that's both preppy and painterly, recalling the exquisite watercolor seascapes of British painter J.M.W. Turner. An occupational name in the Taylor-Carter mold, Turner is a more distinctive choice than many of the usual suspects.

One first-name Turner namesake is Turner Catledge, the first Executive Editor of the New York Times, but for the most part its more notable bearers were surnamed Turner: Nat, the leader of a rebellion of enslaved people and subject of a William Styron novel; media mogul Ted; musicians Ike and Tina; and glamour girl Lana. In the movie Turner & Hooch, Tom Hanks was Det. Scott Turner and Hooch was the dog.

# 942 in the US

Turner Rank in US Top 1000

# 1535 on Nameberry

Turner Rank in Nameberry Top 1000

Turner Popularity

Famous People Named Turner

  • Turner Hillery GillAmerican college football coach
  • Turner Ladd StevensonCanadian ice hockey player
  • (John) Turner LaytonAmerican singer,songwriter
  • Turner Gustavus MoreheadU.S. Brigadier General
  • Turner SaundersAmerican Methodist preacher
  • (Tyrus) Turner BarberAmerican baseball player
  • Turner AshbyU.S. Confederate commander

Turner in Pop Culture

  • Turner Greycharacter from "Ace Attorney"
  • Will Turnercharacter in "Pirates of the Caribbean"
  • Cole Turnercharacter from "Charmed"
  • "Turner & Hooch" film about main character Scott Turner