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
. 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.
Early Origins of the Tafte family
The surname Tafte was first found in Cheshire
where they held a family seat
from very ancient times, before and after the Norman Conquest
Early History of the Tafte family
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.
Tafte Spelling Variations
Tafte has been spelled many different ways. 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. Spelling variants included: Taft, Tafte, Toft, Tofte, Tofts, Tuffs and others.
Early Notables of the Tafte 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... 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.
Migration of the Tafte family to 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.
Migration of the Tafte family to the New World and Oceana
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..