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The Anglo-Saxon name Tafte comes from the family having resided 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 Tafte 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.

Tafte Early Origins



The surname Tafte 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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Tafte Spelling Variations


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Tafte Spelling Variations



Tafte has been spelled many different ways, including Before English spelling became standardized over the last few hundred years, spelling variations in names were a common occurrence. As the English language changed in the Middle Ages, absorbing pieces of Latin and French, as well as other languages, the spelling of people's names also changed considerably, even over a single lifetime. Taft, Tafte, Toft, Tofte, Tofts, Tuffs and others.

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Tafte Early History


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Tafte Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Tafte 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 Tafte History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Tafte Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Tafte 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 Tafte Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Tafte In Ireland


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Tafte In Ireland



Some of the Tafte 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



In an attempt to escape the chaos experienced in England, many English families boarded overcrowded and diseased ships sailing for the shores of North America and other British colonies. Those families hardy enough, and lucky enough, to make the passage intact were rewarded with land and a social environment less prone to religious and political persecution. Many of these families became important contributors to the young colonies in which they settled. Early immigration and passenger lists have documented some of the first Taftes to arrive on North American shores: Joseph Taft arrived in Maryland in 1774; Fred, R. and P. Taft, arrived in San Francisco in 1850; James Toft settled in New England in 1753; David Toft settled in Philadelphia in 1841..

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Citations


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Citations



    Other References

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    2. Hinde, Thomas Ed. The Domesday Book England's Heritage Then and Now. Surrey: Colour Library Books, 1995. Print. (ISBN 1-85833-440-3).
    3. Markale, J. Celtic Civilization. London: Gordon & Cremonesi, 1976. Print.
    4. Passenger Lists of Vessels Arriving at Galveston Texas 1896-1951. National Archives Washington DC. Print.
    5. Hanks, Hodges, Mills and Room. The Oxford Names Companion. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2002. Print. (ISBN 0-19-860561-7).
    6. Bowman, George Ernest. The Mayflower Reader A Selection of Articales from The Mayflower Descendent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
    7. Hitching, F.K and S. Hitching. References to English Surnames in 1601-1602. Walton On Thames: 1910. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0181-3).
    8. Burke, John Bernard Ed. The Roll of Battle Abbey. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
    9. MacAulay, Thomas Babington. History of England from the Accession of James the Second 4 volumes. New York: Harper and Brothers, 1879. Print.
    10. Leeson, Francis L. Dictionary of British Peerages. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1986. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-1121-5).
    11. ...

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

    This page was last modified on 10 October 2016 at 13:56.

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