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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.

Tiffany Early Origins



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, [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds., Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8)
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.

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Tiffany Spelling Variations


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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.

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Tiffany Early History


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Tiffany Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Tiffany research. Another 192 words (14 lines of text) covering the year 1690 is included under the topic Early Tiffany History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Tiffany Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Tiffany Early Notables (pre 1700)



More information is included under the topic Early Tiffany Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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The Great Migration


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The Great Migration



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 Atlanti c. 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, landed in New Castle or Philadelphia in 1804
  • Joseph Tiffany, aged 30, 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 Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century

  • George T Tiffany, who landed in Canada in 1832

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Contemporary Notables of the name Tiffany (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Tiffany (post 1700)



  • John Kerr Tiffany (1842-1897), early American philatelist
  • 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
  • Alexander R. Tiffany, American politician, Delegate to Michigan State Constitutional Convention 3rd District, 1835; Delegate to Michigan State Constitutional Convention, 1850
  • George Tiffany, American politician, Member of New York State Senate Western District, 1802-06
  • ... (Another 20 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Motto


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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.


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Citations


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  1. ^ Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds., Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8)

Other References

  1. Burke, Sir Bernard. General Armory Of England, Scotland, Ireland and Wales. Ramsbury: Heraldry Today. Print.
  2. Cook, Chris. English Historical Facts 1603-1688. London: MacMillan, 1980. Print.
  3. Samuelsen, W. David. New York City Passenger List Manifests Index 1820 - 1824. North Salt Lake, Utah: Accelerated Indexing Systems International, 1986. Print.
  4. Lennard, Reginald. Rural England 1086-1135 A Study of Social and Agrarian Conditions. Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1959. Print.
  5. Reaney P.H and R.M. Wilson. A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X).
  6. Colletta, John P. They Came In Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
  7. Holt, J.C. Ed. Domesday Studies. Woodbridge: Boydell, 1987. Print. (ISBN 0-85115-477-8).
  8. Robb H. Amanda and Andrew Chesler. Encyclopedia of American Family Names. New York: Haper Collins, 1995. Print. (ISBN 0-06-270075-8).
  9. Colletta, John P. They Came In Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
  10. Passenger Lists of Vessels Arriving at Galveston Texas 1896-1951. National Archives Washington DC. Print.
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The Tiffany Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Tiffany Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

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