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Taft History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms



The Taft name has descended through the generations from the ancient Anglo-Saxon culture. Their name comes from having lived in the parish of Toft in the county of Norfolk. This place-name was originally derived from the Old Norman word Topt which was used to denote those who lived in the trees or forest. There were other locations with the same name found in Cambridge, Lincolnshire and Warwickshire. The surname Taft is a habitation name that was originally derived from pre-existing names for towns, villages, parishes, or farmsteads. The surname originated as a means of identifying individuals from a particular area. In the Middle Ages people often assumed the name of the place that they originally lived as their surname during the course of travel.

Early Origins of the Taft family


The surname Taft was first found in Cheshire where they held a family seat from very ancient times, before and after the Norman Conquest in 1066.

Early History of the Taft family


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Taft Spelling Variations


Only recently has spelling become standardized in the English language. As the English language evolved in the Middle Ages, the spelling of names changed also. The name Taft has undergone many spelling variations, including Taft, Tafte, Toft, Tofte, Tofts, Tuffs and others.

Early Notables of the Taft family (pre 1700)


Notables of this surname at this time include: Thomas Toft (died 1698), an English potter working in the Staffordshire Potteries, eponym of the Toft Style, his work can still be seen in various...
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Migration of the Taft family to Ireland


Some of the Taft family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
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Migration of the Taft family to the New World and Oceana


To escape the unstable social climate in England of this time, many families boarded ships for the New World with the hope of finding land, opportunity, and greater religious and political freedom. Although the voyages were expensive, crowded, and difficult, those families that arrived often found greater opportunities and freedoms than they could have experienced at home. Many of those families went on to make significant contributions to the rapidly developing colonies in which they settled. Early North American records indicate many people bearing the name Taft were among those contributors:

Taft Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • Robert Taft, who landed in Braintree, Massachusetts in 1667 [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)

Taft Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Sarah Taft, who arrived in Virginia in 1705 [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
  • Joseph Taft, who arrived in Maryland in 1774

Taft Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • A C Taft, aged 32, who landed in Key West, Fla in 1838 [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
  • Fred and R. P. Taft, who arrived in San Francisco in 1850

Taft Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century

  • Jos Taft, who arrived in Nova Scotia in 1750

Taft Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century

  • Vanden B Taft, who landed in Canada in 1841

Taft Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • John Taft, aged 37, a labourer, who arrived in South Australia in 1849 aboard the ship "Sir Edward Parry" [2]CITATION[CLOSE]
    State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) The SIR EDWARD PARRY 1849. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1849SirEdwardParry.htm
  • Mary Taft, aged 31, a domestic servant, who arrived in South Australia in 1849 aboard the ship "Sir Edward Parry" [2]CITATION[CLOSE]
    State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) The SIR EDWARD PARRY 1849. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1849SirEdwardParry.htm
  • John Taft, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Sir Edward Parry" in 1849 [2]CITATION[CLOSE]
    State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) The SIR EDWARD PARRY 1849. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1849SirEdwardParry.htm

Contemporary Notables of the name Taft (post 1700)


  • President William Howard Taft (1857-1930), American politician, 27th President of the United States (1909-1913), 10th Chief Justice of the United States (1921–1930)
  • Horace Dutton Taft (1861-1943), American educator and founder of The Taft School in Watertown, Connecticut
  • Charles Phelps Taft (1843-1929), American lawyer and politician, Member of the U.S. House of Representatives from Ohio (1895-1897)
  • Henry Waters Taft (1859-1945), American lawyer and author, brother of President William Howard Taft
  • Alphonso Taft (1810-1891), American jurist, diplomat, 34th Attorney General (1876-1877) and 31st Secretary of War under President Ulysses S. Grant in 1876
  • Peter Rawson Taft (1785-1867), American paternal grandfather of President William Howard Taft
  • Lydia Chapin Taft (1712-1778), the first woman known to legally vote in colonial America; she was wife of Josiah Taft (1709-1756)
  • Robert Alphonso "Bob" Taft III (b. 1942), American politician, Governor of Ohio, 1999-2007
  • Robert Alphonso Taft (1889-1953), American Senator from Ohio, 1939-1953, son of President William Howard Taft
  • Helen Herron Taft (1861-1943), American First Lady, wife of President Taft
  • ... (Another 2 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Historic Events for the Taft family



HMS Dorsetshire

  • Leonard Taft (d. 1945), British Marine aboard the HMS Dorsetshire when she was struck by air bombers and sunk; he died in the sinking [3]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Force Z Survivors HMS Dorsetshire Crew List, (Retrieved 2018, February 13th), https://www.forcez-survivors.org.uk/biographies/listdorsetshirecrew.html

RMS Lusitania

  • Mr. Sidney Taft, English 2nd Class passenger residing in Needham, Massachusetts, USA, who sailed aboard the RMS Lusitania and survived the sinking [4]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Lusitania Passenger List - The Lusitania Resource. (Retrieved 2014, March 6) . Retrieved from http://www.rmslusitania.info/lusitania-passenger-list/

Suggested Readings for the name Taft


  • Taft Family Gathering by Beatrice Taft Aldridge.
  • A Meeting of the Descendants of Ebenezer and Mary Howard Taft by Charlotte E. McShea.

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Citations


  1. ^ Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
  2. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) The SIR EDWARD PARRY 1849. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1849SirEdwardParry.htm
  3. ^ Force Z Survivors HMS Dorsetshire Crew List, (Retrieved 2018, February 13th), https://www.forcez-survivors.org.uk/biographies/listdorsetshirecrew.html
  4. ^ Lusitania Passenger List - The Lusitania Resource. (Retrieved 2014, March 6) . Retrieved from http://www.rmslusitania.info/lusitania-passenger-list/

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