Tisdell History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms
The Anglo-Saxon name Tisdell comes from when the family resided in the area known as Teesdale found in the counties of Durham and the North Riding of Yorkshire. Tisdell 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 Tisdell were named due to their close proximity to the river Tees, which flowed between Yorkshire and Durham.
Early Origins of the Tisdell family
The surname Tisdell was first found in Durham where Walter de Tesedale was listed 1235-1236. A few years later, Mariota de Tesdale was found in the Subsidy Rolls for Cumberland (Cumbria) in 1332 and later again, Thomas Tesdall was listed in the Subsidy Rolls for Sussex in 1525. 
The Hundredorum Rolls of 1273 included William tie Tesedal, Yorkshire. Henry de Tesdale was Prior of Finchale in 1295. The source History and Antiquities of the County Palatine of Durham included Hugh de Tesedale, 1350 and later the Yorkshire Poll Tax Rolls of 1379 included Johannes de Tesedale. 
Early History of the Tisdell family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Tisdell research. Another 82 words (6 lines of text) covering the years 1613, 1646, 1570, 1547, 1610, 1556, 1563, 1579, 1581, 1610, 1669, 1735, 1706 and 1711 are included under the topic Early Tisdell History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Tisdell Spelling Variations
Before English spelling was standardized a few hundred years ago, spelling variations of names were a common occurrence. Elements of Latin, French and other languages became incorporated into English through the Middle Ages, and name spellings changed even among the literate. The variations of the surname Tisdell include Teasdale, Tisdale, Tisdell, Teesdale, Tisdall and others.
Early Notables of the Tisdell family (pre 1700)
Notables of the family at this time include William Tisdale or Tisdall (born circa 1570), an English musician and composer.
Thomas Tesdale, Teasdale or Tisdale (1547-1610), was an English 'co-founder of Pembroke College, Oxford,' born at Stanford Dingley, Berkshire, son of Thomas Tesdale (d. 1556), by his second wife, Joan (Knapp.) "He was brought up by his uncle, Richard Tesdale, a sadler of Abingdon, and was in 1563 the first...
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Migration of the Tisdell family to Ireland
Some of the Tisdell family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
Another 113 words (8 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Tisdell migration to West Indies +
The British first settled the British West Indies around 1604. They made many attempts but failed in some to establish settlements on the Islands including Saint Lucia and Grenada. By 1627 they had managed to establish settlements on St. Kitts (St. Christopher) and Barbados, but by 1641 the Spanish had moved in and destroyed some of these including those at Providence Island. The British continued to expand the settlements including setting the First Federation in the British West Indies by 1674; some of the islands include Barbados, Bermuda, Cayman Island, Turks and Caicos, Jamaica and Belize then known as British Honduras. By the 1960's many of the islands became independent after the West Indies Federation which existed from 1958 to 1962 failed due to internal political conflicts. After this a number of Eastern Caribbean islands formed a free association. 
Tisdell Settlers in West Indies in the 17th Century
- Elizabeth Tisdell, who settled in Barbados in 1686
Contemporary Notables of the name Tisdell (post 1700) +
- Clement Allan Tisdell (b. 1939), Australian economist, Emeritus Professor at the University of Queensland
- Tonia Tisdell (b. 1992), Liberian footballer
Related Stories +
- ^ Reaney, P.H and R.M. Wilson, A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X)
- ^ Bardsley, C.W, A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6)
- ^ https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/British_West_Indies