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Where did the English Thedford family come from? What is the English Thedford family crest and coat of arms? When did the Thedford family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Thedford family history?
Spelling variations of this family name include: Thede, Theed, Theede, Thieda, Theda, Thedwyne and many more.
First found in Suffolk where they held a family seat as Lords of the Manor. After the Battle of Hastings in 1066, William, Duke of Normandy, having prevailed over King Harold, granted most of Britain to his many victorious Barons. It was not uncommon to find a Baron, or a Bishop, with 60 or more Lordships scattered throughout the country. These he gave to his sons, nephews and other junior lines of his family and they became known as under-tenants. They adopted the Norman system of surnames which identified the under-tenant with his holdings so as to distinguish him from the senior stem of the family. After many rebellious wars between his Barons, Duke William, commissioned a census of all England to determine in 1086, settling once and for all, who held which land. He called the census the Domesday Book,  indicating that those holders registered would hold the land until the end of time. Hence, conjecturally, the surname is descended from the tenant of the lands of Bury St.Edmunds when Goduine Thede who was recorded in the Domesday Book census of 1086.
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Thedford research. Another 154 words(11 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Thedford History in all our PDF Extended History products.
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Some of the first settlers of this family name or some of its variants were: Charles Thede who went to Wisconsin in 1891; John H. Thede who moved to Scoll Co. I.A. in 1859; and Peter who arrived in New York, N.Y. in 1857; at the age of 25. A Richard Theed sailed to America in 1746 and two Thomas Theeds went to Virgina in 1734. Nicholas Theede, on the other hand, did not immigrate until 1906.
The Thedford Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Thedford 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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