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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.
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.
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.
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Taft research. Another 169 words (12 lines of text) covering the years 1296, 1698, 1689, 1750 and 1708 are included under the topic Early Taft History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
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...
Another 32 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Taft Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
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
Taft Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
Taft Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
Taft Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century
Taft Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century
Taft Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
Taft Historic Events
The Taft Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Taft 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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