Tawse History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Early Origins of the Tawse family

The surname Tawse was first found in Perthshire (Gaelic: Siorrachd Pheairt) former county in the present day Council Area of Perth and Kinross, located in central Scotland, where they held a family seat from very ancient times, before and after the Norman Conquest in 1066.

The Tassie variant has a most interesting origin. "The Tassies had long resided in Pollokshaws, and were believed to have come from Italy as refugees, and to have settled in Scotland as tanners and skinners. " [1]

Early History of the Tawse family

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Tawse Spelling Variations

Spelling variations of this family name include: Taws, Taw, Tawse and others.

Early Notables of the Tawse family (pre 1700)

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United States Tawse migration to the United States +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Tawse Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Mary E. Tawse, aged 26, arrived in New York in 1892 aboard the ship "City of Rome" from Glasgow, Scotland [2]
Tawse Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
  • John Tawse, aged 22, originally from Glasgow, Scotland, arrived in New York in 1905 aboard the ship "Astoria" from Glasgow, Scotland [3]
  • Samuel Tawse, aged 35, originally from Aberdeen, Scotland, arrived in New York in 1909 aboard the ship "Cedric" from Liverpool, England [4]
  • Robert Tawse, aged 75, arrived in New York in 1920 aboard the ship "Kroonland" from Southampton, England [5]

New Zealand Tawse migration to New Zealand +

Emigration to New Zealand followed in the footsteps of the European explorers, such as Captain Cook (1769-70): first came sealers, whalers, missionaries, and traders. By 1838, the British New Zealand Company had begun buying land from the Maori tribes, and selling it to settlers, and, after the Treaty of Waitangi in 1840, many British families set out on the arduous six month journey from Britain to Aotearoa to start a new life. Early immigrants include:

Tawse Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • Mr. James Tawse, Scottish settler travelling from Clyde aboard the ship "Robert Henderson" arriving in Port Chalmers, Dunedin, Otago, South Island, New Zealand on 5th October 1861 [6]
  • Mr. Andrew Tawse, Scottish settler travelling from Clyde aboard the ship "Robert Henderson" arriving in Port Chalmers, Dunedin, Otago, South Island, New Zealand on 5th October 1861 [6]

Contemporary Notables of the name Tawse (post 1700) +

  • Brian Tawse (b. 1945), Scottish former professional footballer who played from 1964 to 1971
  • Moray Tawse, Canadian vinier, founder of Tawse Winery, Vineland, Ontario
  • Sybil Tawse (1886-1971), English artist and illustrator from Bishopwearmouth, County Durham


The Tawse Motto +

The motto was originally a war cry or slogan. Mottoes first began to be shown with arms in the 14th and 15th centuries, but were not in general use until the 17th century. Thus the oldest coats of arms generally do not include a motto. Mottoes seldom form part of the grant of arms: Under most heraldic authorities, a motto is an optional component of the coat of arms, and can be added to or changed at will; many families have chosen not to display a motto.

Motto: Deo juvante
Motto Translation: By God’s assistance.


  1. ^ Smith, George (ed), Dictionary of National Biography. London: Smith, Elder & Co., 1885-1900. Print
  2. ^ "New York Passenger Arrival Lists (Ellis Island), 1892-1924," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:J6R8-GX3 : 6 December 2014), Mary E. Tawse, 25 Jun 1892; citing departure port Glasgow, arrival port New York, ship name City of Rome, NARA microfilm publication T715 and M237 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.).
  3. ^ "New York Passenger Arrival Lists (Ellis Island), 1892-1924," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:JF35-DNT : 6 December 2014), John Tawse, 11 Apr 1905; citing departure port Glasgow, arrival port New York, ship name Astoria, NARA microfilm publication T715 and M237 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.).
  4. ^ "New York Passenger Arrival Lists (Ellis Island), 1892-1924," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:JFMW-9JZ : 6 December 2014), Samuel Tawse, 26 Sep 1909; citing departure port Liverpool, arrival port New York, ship name Cedric, NARA microfilm publication T715 and M237 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.).
  5. ^ "New York Passenger Arrival Lists (Ellis Island), 1892-1924," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:J685-BY3 : 6 December 2014), Robert Tawse, 17 Oct 1920; citing departure port Southampton, arrival port New York, ship name Kroonland, NARA microfilm publication T715 and M237 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.).
  6. ^ New Zealand Yesteryears Passenger Lists 1800 to 1900 (Retrieved 26th March 2019). Retrieved from http://www.yesteryears.co.nz/shipping/passlist.html


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