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Origins Available: Borderlands, English, Scottish
The name Todd is derived from the Northern Middle English word "tod(de)," which meant fox.
The surname Todd was first found in Berwickshire where they held a family seat from early times.
Spelling variations of this family name include: Todd, Tod, Todde and others.
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.
More information is included under the topic Early Todd Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.
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.
Some of the first settlers of this family name were:
Todd Settlers in 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 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 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
Todd Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century
- Nicholas Todd, who landed in Nova Scotia in 1749
Todd Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century
- Mary Todd, who arrived in Nova Scotia in 1836
- Rebecca Todd, aged 19, arrived in Saint John aboard the ship "Condor" in 1838
- William Todd, who arrived in Esquimalt, British Columbia in 1862
Todd Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
- Mary Ann Todd arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Navarino" in 1837
- William Todd arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Indus" in 1839
- George Todd, English convict from Southampton, who was transported aboard the "Anson" on September 23, 1843, settling in Van Diemen's Land, Australia
- Henry Todd arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Forfarshire" in 1848
Todd Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
- Robert Todd arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Success" in 1839
- Arch Todd landed in Wellington, New Zealand in 1840 aboard the ship Bengal Merchant
- G Todd landed in Wellington, New Zealand in 1840 aboard the ship Bengal Merchant
- William Todd landed in Wellington, New Zealand in 1840
- Robert Todd landed in Wellington, New Zealand in 1840 aboard the ship Success
- John Blair Smith Todd (1814-1872), American politician, Member of Dakota Territorial House of Representatives, 1866-67
- John Todd (1818-1894), U.S. Congregationalist minister, conductor on the Underground Railroad to Canada
- David Todd (1915-2008), American architect, best known for designing the Manhattan Plaza
- Charles Burr Todd (1849-1928), American historian
- Beverly Todd (b. 1946), American actress, producer and writer
- Robert Todd, American politician, Member of New Jersey State House of Assembly from Bergen County, 1922-23
- Robert H. Todd, American Republican politician, Delegate to Republican National Convention from Puerto Rico, 1904, 1908, 1920, 1924; Member of Republican National Committee from Puerto Rico, 1908, 1924
- Robert R. Todd, American Republican politician, Alternate Delegate to Republican National Convention from Pennsylvania, 1932
- Mrs. S. J. Todd, American Republican politician, Alternate Delegate to Republican National Convention from South Carolina, 1932
- Susan Todd, American Republican politician, Candidate in primary for Texas State House of Representatives 97th District, 2012
- 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.
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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