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

The distinguished surname Twaits is thought to have emerged in the border region between North England and Scotland. It is derived from the Old Norse "pveit," meaning "meadow, piece of land." Thus, the name originally referred to a "dweller at the meadow."

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Spelling variations of this family name include: Thwaites, Thwaits, Thwaite, Thweat, Thweatt, Thwaytes, Twaite, Twaites, Twaits, Tweats, Thoytes, Thwayte, Threet, Threat and many more.

First found in Norfolk. The earliest known bearer of the name was Ralph del Thweit, who was listed in the Pipe Rolls for 1206. The name later emerged in the northern county of Yorkshire, borne by a notable family.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Twaits research. Another 215 words (15 lines of text) covering the years 1300, 1301, 1379, 1638, 1723, 1740, 1797, and 1824 are included under the topic Early Twaits History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Another 57 words (4 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Twaits Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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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.

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  • 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


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  8. Burke, Sir Bernard. Genealogical and Heraldic History of the Landed Gentry Including American Families with British Ancestry 2 Volumes. London: Burke Publishing, 1939. Print.
  9. Robb H. Amanda and Andrew Chesler. Encyclopedia of American Family Names. New York: Haper Collins, 1995. Print. (ISBN 0-06-270075-8).
  10. Leeson, Francis L. Dictionary of British Peerages. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1986. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-1121-5).
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