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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.

Taft Early Origins



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.

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Taft Spelling Variations


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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.

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Taft Early History


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Taft Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Taft research. Another 275 words (20 lines of text) covering the years 1296, 1640, 1725, 1675, 1669, 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.

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Taft Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Taft Early Notables (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...

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.

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Taft In Ireland


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Taft In Ireland



Some of the Taft family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 45 words (3 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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The Great Migration


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The Great Migration



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

Taft Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Sarah Taft, who arrived in Virginia in 1705
  • Joseph Taft arrived in Maryland in 1774

Taft Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • A C Taft, aged 32, landed in Key West, Fla in 1838
  • Fred and R. P. Taft, 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, arrived in South Australia in 1849 aboard the ship "Sir Edward Parry"
  • Mary Taft, aged 31, a domestic servant, arrived in South Australia in 1849 aboard the ship "Sir Edward Parry"
  • John Taft arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Sir Edward Parry" in 1849

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Contemporary Notables of the name Taft (post 1700)


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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 (19211930)
  • Peter Rawson Taft (1785-1867), American paternal grandfather of President William Howard Taft
  • Robert Alphonso "Bob" Taft III (b. 1942), American politician, Governor of Ohio, 1999-2007
  • 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
  • Robert Alphonso Taft (1889-1953), American Senator from Ohio, 1939-1953, son 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)
  • 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.)

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Taft Historic Events


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Taft Historic Events




RMS Lusitania

  • Mr. Sidney Taft, English 2nd Class passenger residing in Needham, Massachusetts, USA, who sailed aboard the RMS Lusitania and survived the sinking

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Suggested Readings for the name Taft


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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


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Citations



    Other References

    1. Passenger Lists of Vessels Arriving at Galveston Texas 1896-1951. National Archives Washington DC. Print.
    2. Reaney P.H and R.M. Wilson. A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X).
    3. Best, Hugh. Debrett's Texas Peerage. New York: Coward-McCann, 1983. Print. (ISBN 069811244X).
    4. Colletta, John P. They Came In Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
    5. Crispin, M. Jackson and Leonce Mary. Falaise Roll Recording Prominent Companions of William Duke of Normandy at the Conquest of England. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
    6. Bardsley, C.W. A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6).
    7. Holt, J.C. Ed. Domesday Studies. Woodbridge: Boydell, 1987. Print. (ISBN 0-85115-477-8).
    8. Hinde, Thomas Ed. The Domesday Book England's Heritage Then and Now. Surrey: Colour Library Books, 1995. Print. (ISBN 1-85833-440-3).
    9. Foster, Joseph. Dictionary of Heraldry Feudal Coats of Arms and Pedigrees. London: Bracken Books, 1989. Print. (ISBN 1-85170-309-8).
    10. Marcharn, Frederick George. A Constitutional History of Modern England 1485 to the Present. London: Harper and Brothers, 1960. Print.
    11. ...

    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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