The ancestors of the bearers of the Tafts family name are thought have lived in ancient Anglo-Saxon England
. They were first found 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 Tafts 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 Tafts family
The surname Tafts 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 Tafts family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Tafts 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 Tafts History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Tafts Spelling Variations
Until quite recently, the English language has lacked a definite system of spelling rules. Consequently, Anglo-Saxon
surnames are characterized by a multitude of spelling variations
. Changes in Anglo-Saxon
names were influenced by the evolution of the English language, as it incorporated elements of French, Latin, and other languages. Although Medieval scribes and church officials recorded names as they sounded, so it is common to find one person referred to by several different spellings of his surname, even the most literate people varied the spelling of their own names. Variations of the name Tafts include Taft, Tafte, Toft, Tofte, Tofts, Tuffs and others.
Early Notables of the Tafts 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 Tafts Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Tafts family to Ireland
Some of the Tafts 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 Tafts family to the New World and Oceana
Searching for a better life, many English families migrated to British colonies. Unfortunately, the majority of them traveled under extremely harsh conditions: overcrowding on the ships caused the majority of the immigrants to arrive diseased, famished, and destitute from the long journey across the ocean. For those families that arrived safely, modest prosperity was attainable, and many went on to make invaluable contributions to the development of the cultures of the new colonies. Research into the origins of individual families in North America revealed records of the immigration of a number of people bearing the name Tafts or a variant listed above:
Tafts Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
- James Tafts, aged 32, who arrived in New York in 1854 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)