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The ancient roots of the Tisdale family name are in the Anglo-Saxon culture. The name Tisdale comes from when the family lived in the area known as Teesdale found in the counties of Durham and the North Riding of Yorkshire. Tisdale is a topographic surname, which was given to a person who resided near a physical feature such as a hill, stream, church, or type of tree. During the Middle Ages, as society became more complex, individuals needed a way to be distinguishable from others. Toponymic surnames were developed as a result of this need. Various features in the landscape were used to distinguish people from one another. In this case the original bearers of the surname Tisdale were named due to their close proximity to the river Tees, which flowed between Yorkshire and Durham.
One relatively recent invention that did much to standardize English spelling was the printing press. However, before its invention even the most literate people recorded their names according to sound rather than spelling. The spelling variations under which the name Tisdale has appeared include Teasdale, Tisdale, Tisdell, Teesdale, Tisdall and others.
First found in Durham where they were they had been Lords of the manor there from ancient times.
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Tisdale research. Another 99 words (7 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Tisdale History in all our PDF Extended History products.
Another 35 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Tisdale Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.
Some of the Tisdale family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 71 words (5 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products.
At this time, the shores of the New World beckoned many English families that felt that the social climate in England was oppressive and lacked opportunity for change. Thousands left England at great expense in ships that were overcrowded and full of disease. A great portion of these settlers never survived the journey and even a greater number arrived sick, starving, and without a penny. The survivors, however, were often greeted with greater opportunity than they could have experienced back home. These English settlers made significant contributions to those colonies that would eventually become the United States and Canada. An examination of early immigration records and passenger ship lists revealed that people bearing the name Tisdale arrived in North America very early:
Tisdale Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
Tisdale Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
Tisdale Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
Tisdale Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
Tisdale Settlers in Canada in the 20th Century
Tisdale Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
The Tisdale Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Tisdale 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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