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Gender: Male Meaning of Turner: "works with a lathe" Origin of Turner: English occupational name

The name Turner is a boy's name of English origin meaning "works with a lathe". Turner and is often added to lists like Unique Baby Names: Unusual and Rare and discussed in our forums with posts like "Names in a Sorting Hat Game".

From the experts:

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 slave rebellion 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.

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Famous People Named Turner

Turner Hillery Gill, American college football coach
Turner Ladd Stevenson, Canadian ice hockey player
(John) Turner Layton, American singer-songwriter
Turner Gustavus Morehead, U.S. Brigadier General
Turner Saunders, American Methodist preacher
(Tyrus) Turner Barber, American baseball player
Turner Ashby, U.S. Confederate commander

Pop Culture References for the name Turner

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



ThistleThorn Says:


I think that this could work on a preppy guy or a kind off artsy hipster guy. The Turn part might throw some off, though.