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The name Todd is derived from the Northern Middle English word "tod(de)," which meant fox.

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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.


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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 and printed products wherever possible.

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More information is included under the topic Early Todd Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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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 and printed products wherever possible.

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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
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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
  • James 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
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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, New Brunswick aboard the ship "Condor" in 1838
  • William Todd, who arrived in Esquimalt, British Columbia in 1862

Todd Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • Francis Todd, a blacksmith, arrived in New South Wales, Australia sometime between 1825 and 1832
  • 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
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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
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  • 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
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Todd Historic Events



HMS Hood

  • Mr. William C Todd (b. 1906), English Stoker 1st Class serving for the Royal Navy from Norwich, Norfolk, England, who sailed into battle on the HMS Hood and died on 24th May 1941 in the sinking

HMS Repulse

  • Mr. Arthur J Todd, British Stoker 2ne Class, who sailed into battle on the HMS Repulse and survived the sinking, was killed in action in 1942

RMS Lusitania

  • Mr. James Todd, English Able-Bodied Seaman from England, who worked aboard the RMS Lusitania and survived the sinking
  • Mr. David Todd, English 2nd Class passenger residing in Philadephia, Pennsylvania, USA, who sailed aboard the RMS Lusitania and died in the sinking
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  • 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.
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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: Oportet vivere
Motto Translation: It behoves us to live.

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Citations



    Other References

    1. Sanders, Joanne McRee Edition. English Settlers in Barbados 1637-1800. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
    2. Elster, Robert J. International Who's Who. London: Europa/Routledge. Print.
    3. Crozier, William Armstrong Edition. Crozier's General Armory A Registry of American Families Entitled to Coat Armor. New York: Fox, Duffield, 1904. Print.
    4. Library of Congress. American and English Genealogies in the Library of Congress. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1967. Print.
    5. MacAulay, Thomas Babington. History of England from the Accession of James the Second 4 volumes. New York: Harper and Brothers, 1879. Print.
    6. Holt, J.C. Ed. Domesday Studies. Woodbridge: Boydell, 1987. Print. (ISBN 0-85115-477-8).
    7. Virkus, Frederick A. Ed. Immigrant Ancestors A List of 2,500 Immigrants to America Before 1750. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1964. Print.
    8. Egle, William Henry. Pennsylvania Genealogies Scotch-Irish and German. Harrisburg: L.S. Hart, 1886. Print.
    9. Hinde, Thomas Ed. The Domesday Book England's Heritage Then and Now. Surrey: Colour Library Books, 1995. Print. (ISBN 1-85833-440-3).
    10. Colletta, John P. They Came In Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
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