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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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The Twaits Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Twaits 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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