Origins Available: Borderlands
The distinguished surname Twaits is thought to have emerged in the border region between North England
. It is derived from the Old Norse "pveit," meaning "meadow, piece of land." Thus, the name originally referred to a "dweller at the meadow."
Early Origins of the Twaits family
The surname Twaits was first found in Norfolk
. The earliest known bearer of the name was Ralph del Thweit, who was listed in the Pipe Rolls
for 1206. Ralph de Tweit was listed in the Curia Regis Rolls of Norfolk
in 1221 and later, Alan del Thweit was listed in the Subsidy Rolls
in 1301. CITATION[CLOSE]
Reaney, P.H and R.M. Wilson, A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X)
The name later emerged in the northern county of Yorkshire
, borne by a notable family.
Early History of the Twaits family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Twaits research.Another 202 words (14 lines of text) covering the years 1300, 1301, 1379, 1441, 1453, 1445, 1446, 1435, 1503, 1471, 1483, 1478, 1483, 1483, 1490, 1483, 1493, 1638, 1723, 1797, 1824 and 1740 are included under the topic Early Twaits History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Twaits Spelling Variations
of this family name include: Thwaites, Thwaits, Thwaite, Thweat, Thweatt, Thwaytes, Twaite, Twaites, Twaits, Tweats, Thoytes, Thwayte, Threet, Threat and many more.
Early Notables of the Twaits family (pre 1700)
Notable amongst the family at this time was Robert Thwaits, an English medieval academic administrator, Vice-Chancellor of Oxford University (1441-1453) and Chancellor of Oxford University (1445-1446); Sir Thomas Thwaites (c.1435-1503), Chancellor of the Exchequer from 1471 to 1483, Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster from 1478 to 1483, and Treasurer of... Another 73 words (5 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Twaits Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Twaits family to Ireland
Some of the Twaits family moved to Ireland
, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.Another 166 words (12 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Twaits family to the New World and Oceana
Some of the first settlers of this family name or some of its variants were: Alexander Thwaites, who settled in Boston, Massachussets in 1635; Francis Thwaytes, who traveled to Maryland in 1638; Mary Thwait, who immigrated to Virginia in 1662.
Contemporary Notables of the name Twaits (post 1700)
- William Twaits (1879-1941), Canadian gold medalist football (soccer) player in the 1904 Summer Olympics
- William Osborn Twaits CC (1910-1985), Canadian businessman, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Imperial Oil Limited