Tiffen History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The ancestors of the Tiffen family arrived in England following the Norman Conquest of 1066. The name Tiffen came 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 Tiffen family

The surname Tiffen was first found in Cumberland where they held a family seat as Lords of the manor in that shire. Since the Domesday Book, [1] 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 Tiffen family

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Tiffen Spelling Variations

It is only in the last few hundred years that the English language has been standardized. For that reason, Anglo-Norman surnames like Tiffen are characterized by many spelling variations. Scribes and monks in the Middle Ages spelled names they sounded, so it is common to find several variations that refer to a single person. As the English language changed and incorporated elements of other European languages such as Norman French and Latin, even literate people regularly changed the spelling of their names. The variations of the name Tiffen include Tiffen, Tiffin, Tiffing, Tiffine and others.

Early Notables of the Tiffen family (pre 1700)

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United States Tiffen migration to the United States +

Faced with the chaos present in England at that time, many English families looked towards the open frontiers of the New World with its opportunities to escape oppression and starvation. People migrated to North America, as well as Australia and Ireland in droves, paying exorbitant rates for passages in cramped, unsafe ships. Many of the settlers did not make the long passage alive, but those who did see the shores of North America were welcomed with great opportunity. Many of the families that came from England went on to make essential contributions to the emerging nations of Canada and the United States. Some of the first immigrants to cross the Atlantic and come to North America carried the name Tiffen, or a variant listed above:

Tiffen Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Joseph Tiffen who landed in America in 1752
Tiffen Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Lizzie Tiffen, aged 15, arrived in New York in 1892 aboard the ship "Indiana" from Liverpool, England [2]
  • Mrs. E. Tiffen, aged 42, arrived in New York in 1892 aboard the ship "Indiana" from Liverpool, England [3]
  • Elizabeth Tiffen, aged 18, arrived in New York in 1895 aboard the ship "Britannic" from Liverpool, England [4]

New Zealand Tiffen migration to New Zealand +

Emigration to New Zealand followed in the footsteps of the European explorers, such as Captain Cook (1769-70): first came sealers, whalers, missionaries, and traders. By 1838, the British New Zealand Company had begun buying land from the Maori tribes, and selling it to settlers, and, after the Treaty of Waitangi in 1840, many British families set out on the arduous six month journey from Britain to Aotearoa to start a new life. Early immigrants include:

Tiffen Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • Henry S. Tiffen, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Brougham" in 1842
  • Mr. James Tiffen, (b. 1834), aged 24, British shepherd travelling from Gravesend aboard the ship "Maori" arriving in Lyttelton, Christchurch, South Island, New Zealand on 14th April 1858 [5]

Contemporary Notables of the name Tiffen (post 1700) +

  • Ira Alan Tiffen (b. 1951), American Academy Award and an Emmy Award winning optics designer and glass artist who worked at the Tiffen Company from 1973 to 2004
  • Sol Tiffen, American founder of The Tiffen Company, manufactures filters for photography in 1945
  • Henry Stokes Tiffen (1816-1896), English-born, New Zealand surveyor, pastoralist, land commissioner and politician
  • Rodney Tiffen, Australian emeritus professor of political science in the Department of Government and International Relations at the University of Sydney
  • Haidee Maree Tiffen MNZM (b. 1979), New Zealand head coach for New Zealand Women's Cricket team
  • John Tiffen Patterson (1940-2005), American film director

The Tiffen 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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