Terdiff 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 Terdiff 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 Terdiff surname derives from the Old French word "tardif," meaning "slow;" and as such was a nickname for a sluggish person.

Early Origins of the Terdiff family

The surname Terdiff 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 Terdiff family

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Terdiff Spelling Variations

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

Early Notables of the Terdiff family (pre 1700)

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Migration of the Terdiff family

Some of the first settlers of this family name or some of its variants were: Jean Tardif who sailed from the west coast province of Aunis and arrived in Quebec in 1735; Jacques Tardif arrived in Quebec from Normandy in 1669.



  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


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