Tossell History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms 

Early Origins of the Tossell family

The surname Tossell was first found in Bedfordshire (Old English: Bedanfordscir), located in Southeast-central England, formerly part of the Anglo-Saxon kingdom of Mercia, where they held a family seat as Lords of the Manor. After the Battle of Hastings in 1066, William, Duke of Normandy, having prevailed over King Harold, granted most of Britain to his many victorious Barons. It was not uncommon to find a Baron, or a Bishop, with 60 or more Lordships scattered throughout the country. These he gave to his sons, nephews and other junior lines of his family and they became known as under-tenants. They adopted the Norman system of surnames which identified the under-tenant with his holdings so as to distinguish him from the senior stem of the family. After many rebellious wars between his Barons, Duke William, commissioned a census of all England to determine in 1086, settling once and for all, who held which land. He called the census the Domesday Book, [1] indicating that those holders registered would hold the land until the end of time. Hence, Willmund de Taissel was recorded in the Domesday Book of 1086 in Bedfordshire. [2]

Important Dates for the Tossell family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Tossell research. Another 78 words (6 lines of text) covering the years 1548, 1585 and 1548 are included under the topic Early Tossell History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Tossell Spelling Variations

Before the advent of the printing press and the first dictionaries, the English language was not standardized. Sound was what guided spelling in the Middle Ages, so one person's name was often recorded under several variations during a single lifetime. Spelling variations were common, even among the names of the most literate people. Known variations of the Tossell family name include Tassell, Tassel, Taisel, Taisell, Tasell, Tassle and others.

Early Notables of the Tossell family (pre 1700)

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Tossell migration to Australia

Emigration to Australia followed the First Fleets of convicts, tradespeople and early settlers. Early immigrants include:

Tossell Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • William Tossell, aged 29, who arrived in South Australia in 1854 aboard the ship "Emigrant" [3]
  • James Tossell, aged 25, a farm labourer, who arrived in South Australia in 1858 aboard the ship "Confiance" [4]

Contemporary Notables of the name Tossell (post 1700)

  • Bruce Tossell, American politician, Mayor of Kewanee, Illinois, 2007 [5]

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Citations

  1. ^ Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds., Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8)
  2. ^ Reaney, P.H and R.M. Wilson, A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X)
  3. ^ South Australian Register Wednesday 25th October 1854. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) Emigrant 1854. Retrieved http://www.theshipslist.com/ships/australia/emigrant1854.shtml.
  4. ^ South Australian Register Tuesday 30th November 1858. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) Confiance 1858. Retrieved http://www.theshipslist.com/ships/australia/confiance1858.shtml.
  5. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, November 12) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html
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