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An excerpt from www.HouseOfNames.com archives copyright 2000 - 2014

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Where did the English Todd family come from? What is the English Todd family crest and coat of arms? When did the Todd family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Todd family history?

The name Todd is derived from the Northern Middle English word "tod(de)," which meant fox.

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Spelling variations of this family name include: Todd, Tod, Todde and others.

First found in Berwickshire where they held a family seat from early times.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Todd research. Another 266 words(19 lines of text) covering the years 1231, 1270, 1275, and 1330 are included under the topic Early Todd History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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More information is included under the topic Early Todd Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Some of the Todd family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 217 words(16 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Todd Settlers in the United States in the 17th Century


  • Robert Todd settled in Virginia in 1622
  • Robart Todd, who landed in Virginia in 1622
  • Christopher Todd, who landed in Boston, Massachusetts in 1637
  • Joshua Todd, who arrived in New England in 1639
  • Mathew Todd, who landed in Virginia in 1646


Todd Settlers in the United States in the 18th Century


  • Elizabeth Todd, who arrived in New England in 1719
  • Alexander Todd, who arrived in New England in 1720
  • Archibald Todd, who landed in South Carolina in 1772
  • Jean Todd, who arrived in South Carolina in 1772

Todd Settlers in the United States in the 19th Century


  • Adam, Andrew, Charles, Daniel, David, George, James, John, Patrick, Robert, and William Todd all arrived in Philadelphia between 1800 and 1870
  • Jas Todd, aged 20, landed in Delaware in 1803
  • Michael Todd, who arrived in New York in 1812
  • Samuel Todd, aged 26, arrived in New York in 1812
  • Isaac Todd, aged 66, landed in New York in 1812


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  • Mary Todd (1818-1882), maiden name of Mary Lincoln, wife of American President Abraham Lincoln
  • David Peck Todd (1855-1939), American astronomer
  • Thomas Todd (1765-1826), American Supreme Court justice from 1807-1826
  • Michael Todd (1909-1958), American theatre and film producer, best known for his 1956 production of "Around the World in Eighty Days", which won an Academy Award for Best Picture
  • Beverly Todd (b. 1946), American actress, producer and writer
  • Charles Burr Todd (1849-1928), American historian
  • David Todd (1915-2008), American architect, best known for designing the Manhattan Plaza
  • John Todd (1818-1894), U.S. Congregationalist minister, conductor on the Underground Railroad to Canada
  • Ronald "Ron" Todd (1927-2005), General Secretary of the Transport and General Workers Union (TGWU), then the largest general trade union in the United Kingdom, from 1985 until 1992
  • Dorothy Anne Todd (1907-1993), English actress and producer

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  • A Todd Family History and Genealogy, 1749-1987 by Frederick Becker.
  • My Family; The Young-Todd Genealogy, 1754-1972 by Lois Young.
  • Todds in Early Lawrence and Monroe Counties, Indiana by Nancie Todd Weber.
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The motto was originally a war cry or slogan. Mottoes first began to be shown with arms in the 14th and 15th centuries, but were not in general use until the 17th century. Thus the oldest coats of arms generally do not include a motto. Mottoes seldom form part of the grant of arms: Under most heraldic authorities, a motto is an optional component of the coat of arms, and can be added to or changed at will; many families have chosen not to display a motto.

Motto: Oportet vivere
Motto Translation: It behoves us to live.

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The Todd Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Todd Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

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