The Terwilliger surname comes from the place name Trewhitt in Northumberland; the first bearer of this surname was most likely someone who had come from that place to a new location.
Early Origins of the Terwilliger family
The surname Terwilliger was first found in Northumberland
where the original reference of the name was found at High Trewhitt, and Low Trewhitt, townships, in the parish and union of Rothbury. Originally named Tirwit (c.
1150-1162), the name possibly meant "river-bend where wood is obtained" CITATION[CLOSE]
Mills, A.D., Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4)
These small townships have grown little in size since early times as late as the mid 1800s, there were only 130 inhabitants there. But looking back, other records show Sir Herculus de Trywhitt was knighted by Duke William in 1068 and granted the lands of Tyrwhitt or Terwit, however there is no record of the place in the Domesday Book
. Later John de Tyrwyt was listed in the Assize Rolls of Northumberland
in 1296 and William Tyrwhit was listed in there in 1383. CITATION[CLOSE]
Reaney, P.H and R.M. Wilson, A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X)
The parish of Stainfield in Lincolnshire
was an ancient homestead of the family. "There are some remains of an ancient mansion of the Tyrwhitt family, now occupied as a farmhouse." CITATION[CLOSE]
Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.
Early History of the Terwilliger family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Terwilliger research.Another 203 words (14 lines of text) covering the years 1624, 1577, 1628, 1598, 1667, 1633, 1688, 1663, 1741, 1708, 1760, 1730, 1786 and 1808 are included under the topic Early Terwilliger History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Terwilliger Spelling Variations
of this family name include: Trywhitt, Terwitt, Trewitt, Trewhitt, Truitt, Terwit, Truet and many more.
Early Notables of the Terwilliger family (pre 1700)
Outstanding amongst the family at this time was Sir Philip Tyrwhitt, 1st Baronet
(d. 1624) of Stainfield in Lincolnshire; Sir Edward Tyrwhitt, 2nd Baronet
(1577-1628); Sir Philip Tyrwhitt, 3rd Baronet
(1598-c. 1667); Sir Philip Tyrwhitt, 4th Baronet
(1633-1688); Sir John... Another 39 words (3 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Terwilliger Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Terwilliger family to the New World and Oceana
Some of the first settlers of this family name were:
Terwilliger Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
- P Terwilliger, who arrived in San Francisco, California in 1851 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)
Contemporary Notables of the name Terwilliger (post 1700)
- Brian J. Terwilliger, American motion picture producer /director
- George J Terwilliger (b. 1950), American lawyer and politician
- John Richard Terwilliger (b. 1957), former American competitive rower and Olympic silver medalist
- Richard Martin Terwilliger (1906-1969), American pitcher in Major League Baseball
- Terwilliger "Ron" Ronald (b. 1941), American Chief Executive Officer of Trammell Crow Residential
- George Terwilliger (1882-1970), American film director and screenwriter of silent and early sound-era films
- Willard Wayne "Twig" Terwilliger (b. 1925), former American second baseman, coach, and manager
The Terwilliger 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: Time tryeth truth
Motto Translation: Time tests faith