Twiforthe History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms
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Twiforthe is a name that came to England in the 11th century wave of migration that was set off by the Norman Conquest of 1066. The Twiforthe family lived in Leicestershire, at Twyford.
Early Origins of the Twiforthe family
The surname Twiforthe was first found in Leicestershire where they were Lords of the manor of Twyford, and conjecturally descended from Hugh de Grandmesnil, sometimes spelt Grentemaisnil, from Calvados in the canton of St. Pierre-Sur-Eides in Normandy. The senior line of this family descended to the Earls of Leicester.
Important Dates for the Twiforthe family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Twiforthe research. Another 132 words (9 lines of text) covering the years 1388, 1390, 1560, 1620, 1640, 1729, 1640, 1679 and 1657 are included under the topic Early Twiforthe History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Twiforthe Spelling Variations
The English language only became standardized in the last few centuries. For that reason, spelling variations are common among many Anglo-Norman names. The shape of the English language was frequently changed with the introduction of elements of Norman French, Latin, and other European languages; even the spelling of literate people's names were subsequently modified. Twiforthe has been recorded under many different variations, including Twiford, Twyford, Tyford, Tyeford, Tieford, Tweeford, Tweford, Twifort, Twyfort, Tweefort, Tweeforth and many more.
Early Notables of the Twiforthe family (pre 1700)
Outstanding amongst the family at this time was John Twyford, Lord Mayor of London; and Henry Twiford of Kenwick, Shropshire whose daughter was the second wife of Robert Hesketh (c.1560-1620), an English Member of Parliament and High Sheriff of Lancashire.
Josiah Twyford (1640-1729), was an English potter, born in 1640 at Shelton, near Stoke-on-Trent. "Twyford commenced a manufactory of his own near Shelton Old Hall, the seat of the family of Elijah...
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Migration of the Twiforthe family
To escape the uncertainty of the political and religious uncertainty found in England, many English families boarded ships at great expense to sail for the colonies held by Britain. The passages were expensive, though, and the boats were unsafe, overcrowded, and ridden with disease. Those who were hardy and lucky enough to make the passage intact were rewarded with land, opportunity, and social environment less prone to religious and political persecution. Many of these families went on to be important contributors to the young nations of Canada and the United States where they settled. Twiforthes were some of the first of the immigrants to arrive in North America: Henry Twyford landed in America in 1770; John and Robert Twiford settled in Barbados in 1663.
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