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

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Spelling variations of this family name include: Twysden, Twisden, Twiselden, Twyselden, Twisdan, Twissden, Twissleden, Twysselden, Twysleden and many more.

First found in Kent where they held a family seat as Lords of the Manor of Twysden in Goudhurst. The Saxon influence of English history diminished after the Battle of Hastings in 1066. The language of the courts was French for the next three centuries and the Norman ambience prevailed. But Saxon surnames survived and the family name was first referenced in the year 1334 when John de Twysdenne held estates in that shire.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Twysden research. Another 183 words(13 lines of text) covering the years 1666, 1455, 1487, 1597, 1672, 1566, 1628, 1593, 1601, 1606, 1614, 1602, 1683, 1646, 1648, 1660, 1597, 1672, 1635, 1697, 1685, 1689, 1695 and 1697 are included under the topic Early Twysden History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Another 197 words(14 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Twysden Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Twysden Settlers in the United States in the 17th Century


  • William Twysden settled in Virginia in 1664
  • Wm Twysden, who arrived in Virginia in 1664

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  • Sir Roger Twysden (1597-1672), English antiquary
  • John Twysden (1607-1688), physician


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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: Praevisa mala pereunt
Motto Translation: Forseen misfortunes die away.

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  7. Ingram, Rev. James. Translator Anglo-Saxon Chronicle 1823. Print.
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  10. The Norman People and Their Existing Descendants in the British Dominions and the United States Of America. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1975. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0636-X).
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The Twysden Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Twysden 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.

This page was last modified on 5 September 2013 at 11:12.

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