Tiffany History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms
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The ancestors of the Tiffany family first reached the shores of England in the wave of migration after the Norman Conquest of 1066. Their name is derived from the medieval female given name Tiffania, that comes from the Greek Theophania, composed of the elements theos, meaning God and phainein meaning to appear. Tiffin translates roughly as the manifestation of God. In a case where a man had a family by a second marriage the children of his second wife would occasionally take her name as a means of distinguishing the two groups.
Early Origins of the Tiffany family
The surname Tiffany was first found in Cumberland where they held a family seat as Lords of the manor in that shire. Since the Domesday Book,  a census taken in 1086 by William the Conqueror after his conquest of England in 1066, did not include as far north as the county of Cumberland it is difficult to identify the original Norman noble from whom this family name are descended, but it is most likely from a Noble named Stephanus who adopted the nickname of Stephanus, i.e., Tiffin.
Early History of the Tiffany family
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Tiffany Spelling Variations
Norman surnames are characterized by a multitude of spelling variations. The frequent changes in surnames are largely due to the fact that the Old and Middle English languages lacked definite spelling rules. The introduction of Norman French to England, as well as the official court languages of Latin and French, also had pronounced influences on the spelling of surnames. Since medieval scribes and church officials recorded names as they sounded, rather than adhering to any specific spelling rules, it was common to find the same individual referred to with different spellings. The name has been spelled Tiffen, Tiffin, Tiffing, Tiffine and others.
Early Notables of the Tiffany family (pre 1700)
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Tiffany migration to the United States +
Many English families emigrated to North American colonies in order to escape the political chaos in Britain at this time. Unfortunately, many English families made the trip to the New World under extremely harsh conditions. Overcrowding on the ships caused the majority of the immigrants to arrive diseased, famished, and destitute from the long journey across the stormy Atlantic. Despite these hardships, many of the families prospered and went on to make invaluable contributions to the development of the cultures of the United States and Canada. Early North American immigration records have revealed a number of people bearing the name Tiffany or a variant listed above:
Tiffany Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
- Humphrey Tiffany, who arrived in Massachusetts in 1660 
Tiffany Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
- Daniel Tiffany, aged 24, who landed in New Castle or Philadelphia in 1804 
- Joseph Tiffany, aged 30, who landed in Key West, Fla in 1838 
- George S Tiffany, who arrived in New York in 1851 
- R J Tiffany, who arrived in San Francisco, California in 1855 
Tiffany migration to Canada +
Some of the first settlers of this family name were:
Tiffany Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century
- George T Tiffany, who landed in Canada in 1832
Contemporary Notables of the name Tiffany (post 1700) +
- John Kerr Tiffany (1842-1897), early American philatelist
- Louis Comfort Tiffany (1848-1933), American decorative glass and lamp designer famous for his stained glass windows and art glass; son of Charles Lewis Tiffany
- Charles Lewis Tiffany (1812-1902), American goldsmith and jeweler who founded Tiffany & Co. in New York City in 1837
- Ernest L. Tiffany, American politician, Prohibition Candidate for New York State Assembly from Chemung County, 1909 
- Ebenezer Tiffany, American politician, Member of Rhode Island State Senate from Barrington, 1911 
- Dwight B. Tiffany (b. 1862), American Republican politician, Member of Connecticut State House of Representatives from Winchester, 1893-94, 1911-12; Member of Connecticut State Senate 31st District, 1919-20 
- Delbert Tiffany, American politician, Candidate for Michigan State Senate 25th District, 1918 
- Correll U. Tiffany, American politician, Member of Connecticut State House of Representatives from Barkhamsted, 1880 
- Burton Tiffany, American Republican politician, Candidate for Connecticut State House of Representatives from Barkhamsted, 1908, 1910 
- Augustus J. Tiffany, American politician, Member of New York State Assembly from Erie County 1st District, 1857 
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The Tiffany 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: Patria fidelis
Motto Translation: A faithful country.
- ^ Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds., Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8)
- ^ 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)
- ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2016, February 2) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html