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

The ancestors of the Toves family migrated to England following the Norman Conquest of 1066. The surname Toves is based on the Norman personal name Tofig.

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Before English spelling was standardized a few hundred years ago, spelling variations of names were a common occurrence. Elements of Latin, Norman French and other languages became incorporated into English throughout the Middle Ages, and name spellings changed even among the literate. The variations of the surname Toves include Tovey, Tovy and others.

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


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Toves research. Another 199 words(14 lines of text) covering the year 1066 is included under the topic Early Toves History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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

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In England at this time, the uncertainty of the political and religious environment of the time caused many families to board ships for distant British colonies in the hopes of finding land and opportunity, and escaping persecution. The voyages were expensive, crowded, and difficult, though, and many arrived in North America sick, starved, and destitute. Those who did make it, however, were greeted with greater opportunities and freedoms that they could have experienced at home. Many of those families went on to make important contributions to the young nations in which they settled. Early immigration records have shown some of the first Tovess to arrive on North American shores: Benjamin and Richard Tovey settled in Barbados in 1679 with their servants; Nathanial and John Tovey settled in Virginia in 1663.

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  8. Bede, The Venerable. Historia Ecclesiatica Gentis Anglorum (The Ecclesiastical History Of the English People). Available through Internet Medieval Sourcebook the Fordham University Centre for Medieval Studies. Print.
  9. Matthews, John. Matthews' American Armoury and Blue Book. London: John Matthews, 1911. Print.
  10. Virkus, Frederick A. Ed. Immigrant Ancestors A List of 2,500 Immigrants to America Before 1750. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1964. Print.
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The Toves Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Toves 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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