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Where did the English Tiffing family come from? What is the English Tiffing family crest and coat of arms? When did the Tiffing family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Tiffing family history?Tiffing is an ancient Norman name that arrived in England after the Norman Conquest of 1066. The name Tiffing comes from the medieval female given name Tiffania, that comes from the Greek Theophania, composed of the elements theos, meaning God and phainein meaning to appear. Tiffin translates roughly as the manifestation of God. In a case where a man had a family by a second marriage the children of his second wife would occasionally take her name as a means of distinguishing the two groups.
Anglo-Norman names are characterized by a multitude of spelling variations. When the Normans became the ruling people of England in the 11th century, they introduced a new language into a society where the main languages of Old and later Middle English had no definite spelling rules. These languages were more often spoken than written, so they blended freely with one another. Contributing to this mixing of tongues was the fact that medieval scribes spelled words according to sound, ensuring that a person's name would appear differently in nearly every document in which it was recorded. The name has been spelled Tiffen, Tiffin, Tiffing, Tiffine and others.
First found in Cumberland where they held a family seat as Lords of the manor in that shire. Since the Domesday Book,  a census taken in 1086 by William the Conqueror after his conquest of England in 1066, did not include as far north as the county of Cumberland it is difficult to identify the original Norman noble from whom this family name are descended, but it is most likely from a Noble named Stephanus who adopted the nickname of Stephanus, i.e., Tiffin.
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Tiffing research. Another 192 words(14 lines of text) covering the year 1690 is included under the topic Early Tiffing History in all our PDF Extended History products.
More information is included under the topic Early Tiffing Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.
For many English families, the political and religious disarray that plagued their homeland made the frontiers of the New World an attractive prospect. Thousands migrated, aboard cramped disease-ridden ships. They arrived sick, poor, and hungry, but were welcomed in many cases with far greater opportunity than at home in England. Many of these hardy settlers went on to make important contributions to the emerging nations in which they landed. Among early immigrants bearing the name Tiffing or a variant listed above were:
Tiffing Settlers in the United States in the 17th Century
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: Patria fidelis
Motto Translation: A faithful country.
The Tiffing Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Tiffing 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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