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The name Tift was brought to England by the Normans when they conquered the country in 1066. The ancestors of the Tift family lived in Leicestershire, at Twyford.

Tift Early Origins



The surname Tift was first found in Leicestershire where they were Lords of the manor of Twyford, and conjecturally descended from Hugh de Grandmesnil, sometimes spelt Grentemaisnil, from Calvados in the canton of St. Pierre-Sur-Eides in Normandy. The senior line of this family descended to the Earls of Leicester.

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Tift Spelling Variations


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Tift 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 Tift 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 Tift include Twiford, Twyford, Tyford, Tyeford, Tieford, Tweeford, Tweford, Twifort, Twyfort, Tweefort, Tweeforth and many more.

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Tift Early History


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Tift Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Tift research. Another 177 words (13 lines of text) covering the years 1388, 1560, 1620, 1679 and 1657 are included under the topic Early Tift History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Tift Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Tift Early Notables (pre 1700)



Outstanding amongst the family at this time was John Twyford, Lord Mayor of London; and Henry Twiford of Kenwick, Shropshire whose daughter was the the second wife of Robert Hesketh (c.1560-1620), an English Member of Parliament and High Sheriff of...

Another 40 words (3 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Tift Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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The Great Migration



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 Tift, or a variant listed above:

Tift Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • William Tift, who landed in Massachusetts in 1641

Tift Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Asa F Tift, aged 30, arrived in Key West, Fla in 1837
  • M Tift, who arrived in San Francisco, California in 1851
  • M.E. Tift, aged 40, who settled in America, in 1896

Tift Settlers in United States in the 20th Century

  • Henry Tift, who emigrated to the United States, in 1906
  • Katherine Tift, aged 54, who landed in America, in 1910
  • Edward Tift, aged 54, who emigrated to America, in 1910
  • T. W. Tift, aged 21, who landed in America, in 1911
  • Y. W. Tift, who emigrated to the United States, in 1911
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Tift Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century

  • David Tift, who landed in Nova Scotia in 1760

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Contemporary Notables of the name Tift (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Tift (post 1700)



  • Raymond Frank Tift (1884-1945), American Major League Baseball pitcher
  • Nelson Tift (1810-1891), American jurist, businessman, soldier and politician from the state of Georgia, eponym of Tift County, Georgia
  • William H. Tift, American politician, First Selectman of Griswold, Connecticut, 1909
  • Nelson Tift (1810-1891), American Democrat politician, Member of Georgia State House of Representatives, 1841; U.S. Representative from Georgia 2nd District, 1868-69

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Citations


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Citations



    Other References

    1. Zieber, Eugene. Heraldry in America. Philadelphia: Genealogical Publishing Co. Print.
    2. Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds. Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8).
    3. Shaw, William A. Knights of England A Complete Record from the Earliest Time to the Present Day of the Knights of all the Orders of Chivalry in England, Scotland, Ireland and Knights Bachelors 2 Volumes. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print. (ISBN 080630443X).
    4. Hitching, F.K and S. Hitching. References to English Surnames in 1601-1602. Walton On Thames: 1910. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0181-3).
    5. Chadwick, Nora Kershaw and J.X.W.P Corcoran. The Celts. London: Penguin, 1790. Print. (ISBN 0140212116).
    6. Burke, Sir Bernard. General Armory Of England, Scotland, Ireland and Wales. Ramsbury: Heraldry Today. Print.
    7. Browning, Charles H. Americans of Royal Descent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
    8. The Norman People and Their Existing Descendants in the British Dominions and the United States Of America. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1975. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0636-X).
    9. Crispin, M. Jackson and Leonce Mary. Falaise Roll Recording Prominent Companions of William Duke of Normandy at the Conquest of England. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
    10. Sanders, Joanne McRee Edition. English Settlers in Barbados 1637-1800. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
    11. ...

    The Tift Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Tift 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.

    This page was last modified on 4 May 2016 at 08:27.

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