Show ContentsTardiff History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

From the historical and enchanting region of France emerged a multitude of notable family names, including that of the distinguished Tardiff family. Originally, the people in this region went by one (personal) name. Surnames evolved during the Middle Ages when people began to assume an extra name to avoid confusion and to further identify themselves. These names then began to become "fixed" or hereditary between the generations. One of the types of names adopted as surnames were those derived from nicknames. Nicknames, or "eke-names," were an added name that generally reflected some physical characteristics or other attribute of the person that used the name. The Tardiff surname derives from the Old French word "tardif," meaning "slow;" and as such was a nickname for a sluggish person.

Early Origins of the Tardiff family

The surname Tardiff was first found in Berry, a former province until 1790 when it became a region in central France where this eminent family held a family seat in the honor of the seigneurie of Bordesoulle.

"Guillotus Tardivel more than once appears in the Norman Exchequer Rolls of the end of the twelfth century." [1]

Early History of the Tardiff family

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Tardiff Spelling Variations

Spelling variations of this family name include: Tardiff, Tardif, Turdif, Turdiff, Terdif and many more.

Early Notables of the Tardiff family (pre 1700)

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Tardiff Ranking

In the United States, the name Tardiff is the 6,727th most popular surname with an estimated 4,974 people with that name. [2]

United States Tardiff migration to the United States +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Tardiff Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Alf. Tardiff, aged 42, who arrived in New York, NY in 1892 aboard the ship "Majestic (1890)" from Liverpool & Queenstown [3]
Tardiff Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
  • Florence Tardiff, aged 25, who arrived in New York in 1909 aboard the ship "Philadelphia" from Southampton, England [3]
  • Francis M. Tardiff, aged 24, who arrived in New York in 1914 aboard the ship "Olympic" from Liverpool, England [3]
  • Rene Tardiff, aged 16, who arrived in New York in 1919 aboard the ship "Rochambeau" from Le Havre, France [3]
  • Joseph Tardiff, aged 34, who arrived in New York in 1921 aboard the ship "Mongolia" from Hamburg, Germany [3]
  • Frank Tardiff, aged 23, who arrived in New York in 1924 aboard the ship "President Roosevelt" from Cherbourg, France [3]

Australia Tardiff migration to Australia +

Emigration to Australia followed the First Fleets of convicts, tradespeople and early settlers. Early immigrants include:

Tardiff Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • William Tardiff, aged 27, a carpenter, who arrived in South Australia in 1854 aboard the ship "Pestonjee Bomanjee" [4]

Contemporary Notables of the name Tardiff (post 1700) +

  • Jil Caryn Tardiff, American cardiologist, the Steven M. Gootter Endowed Chair for the Prevention of Sudden Cardiac Death and Vice Chair for Research at the University of Arizona College of Medicine – Tucson
  • Paul "Poof" Tardiff (b. 1945), American author and historian from Berlin, New Hampshire, best known for his three-volume series Once Upon a Berlin Time
  • George F. Tardiff (1936-2012), American football coach for the Benedictine Ravens (1974-1976)

  1. Cleveland, Dutchess of The Battle Abbey Roll with some Account of the Norman Lineages. London: John Murray, Abermarle Street, 1889. Print. Volume 3 of 3
  2. "What are the 5,000 Most Common Last Names in the U.S.?".,
  3. Ellis Island Search retrieved 15th November 2022. Retrieved from
  4. South Australian Register Wednesday 15th March 1854. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) Pestonjee Bomanjee 1854. Retrieved on Facebook