Origins Available: Borderlands
The distinguished surname Thwaite is thought to have emerged in the border region between North England
. It is derived from the Old Norse "pveit," meaning "meadow, piece of land." Thus, the name originally referred to a "dweller at the meadow." CITATION[CLOSE]
Bardsley, C.W, A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6)
Early Origins of the Thwaite family
The surname Thwaite was first found in Norfolk
at Thwaite, a parish in the union of Aylsham, hundred
of South Erpingham. There is another parish named Thwaite in the union of Loddon and Clavering, hundred of Loddon in Norfolk
. Over in Suffolk
, Thwaite is a parish, in the union and hundred of Hartismer and further to the north, Thwaites is a chapelry, in the parish of Millom, union of Bootle, Allerdale ward above Derwent, W. division of Cumberland
Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.
The earliest known record of the family was Ralph del Thweit, who was listed in the Pipe Rolls
for 1206. Ralph de Tweit was listed in the Curia Regis Rolls of Norfolk
in 1221 and later, Alan del Thweit was listed in the Subsidy Rolls
in 1301. CITATION[CLOSE]
Reaney, P.H and R.M. Wilson, A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X)
The name later emerged in the northern county of Yorkshire
, borne by a notable family.
Early History of the Thwaite family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Thwaite research.Another 271 words (19 lines of text) covering the years 1300, 1301, 1379, 1441, 1453, 1445, 1446, 1435, 1503, 1471, 1483, 1478, 1483, 1483, 1490, 1483, 1493, 1638, 1723, 1797, 1824 and 1740 are included under the topic Early Thwaite History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Thwaite Spelling Variations
of this family name include: Thwaites, Thwaits, Thwaite, Thweat, Thweatt, Thwaytes, Twaite, Twaites, Twaits, Tweats, Thoytes, Thwayte, Threet, Threat and many more.
Early Notables of the Thwaite family (pre 1700)
Notable amongst bearers of this family name during their early history was Robert Thwaits, an English medieval academic administrator, Vice-Chancellor of Oxford University (1441-1453) and Chancellor of Oxford University (1445-1446); Sir Thomas Thwaites (c.1435-1503), Chancellor of the Exchequer from 1471 to 1483, Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster from 1478 to... Another 77 words (6 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Thwaite Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Thwaite family to the New World and Oceana
Some of the first settlers of this family name were:
Thwaite Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
- James Thwaite, who settled in Barbados in 1679
Thwaite Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
- Robert Thwaite, who arrived in Charleston, South Carolina in 1765
Contemporary Notables of the name Thwaite (post 1700)
- Michael Errol Thwaite (b. 1983), Australian footballer
- Anthony Simon Thwaite OBE (b. 1930), English poet and writer
- Ann Thwaite (b. 1932), British writer, best known as a biographer