In February 1981 I wrote to a man in Paris, France. He had the same name as myself and I was hoping to find some information about the origins of the Tourjee/Tourgee Family. This is his answer to my letter:


Dear Mme,                                                                5-3-1981

Thank you for your letter. I am answering you briefly because I have very little time at the moment.

I think that your name TOURJÉE has the same origin as my name TARGÉ. This name has the English Origin TARGÉT. The Targét left France during the 100-year war. The war between France & England from 1337-1453 (really 116 years).

Targét fought at the side of the Black Knights (England) against Jean le Bon (French) (1).

After the victories of Crecy and Portieres (1356) the English established themselves in the south west of France. The origin of the Targét it appears first and is in Saint Jean d'Angely (department de Charente (Maritime)(2).

The 100-year war began again in 1475 with Jean d Arc and King Charles VII (French). The English were chased from France but the Targé stayed there. They then went to the rest of France, Paris, Bordeaux, Lyon,ect.

In the S.W of France, Bordeaux, St Jean d'Angey there were many many Protestants (Huguenots) and there are many there still.

One of my Uncles Piere Targét having done this research.

Before the English origin of the name, there is no doubt a Saxon origin-names such as TARGA (like the Porche Targa).

I hope you receive this letter well and best wishes for you and your family.


  1. John II, byname John the Good, French , (born April 16, 1319, near Le Mans, Fr. died April 8, 1364, London), king of France from 1350 to 1364. Captured by the English at the Battle of Poitiers on Sept. 19, 1356, he was forced to sign the disastrous treaties of 1360 during the first phase of the war.
  2. The Battle of Crécy also Battle of Cressy, was an English victory during the Edwardian phase of the Hundred Years' War. Married with the later battles of Poitiers in 1356, and Agincourt in 1415, it was the first of three famous English successes during the conflict. The battle was fought on 26 August 1346.

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