The Terwit 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 Terwit family
The surname Terwit 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 Terwit family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Terwit research.Another 102 words (7 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 Terwit History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Terwit Spelling Variations
of this family name include: Trywhitt, Terwitt, Trewitt, Trewhitt, Truitt, Terwit, Truet and many more.
Early Notables of the Terwit 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 Terwit Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Terwit family to the New World and Oceana
Some of the first settlers of this family name or some of its variants were: the name represented in many forms and recorded from the mid 17th century in the great migration from Europe. Migrants settled in the eastern seaboard from Newfoundland, to Maine, to Virginia, the Carolinas, and to the islands..
The Terwit 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
Terwit Family Crest Products
- ^ Mills, A.D., Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4)
- ^ Reaney, P.H and R.M. Wilson, A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X)
- ^ Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.