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 they were they had been Lords of the manor there from ancient times.

Early History of the Tisdell family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Tisdell research. Another 50 words (4 lines of text) covering the years 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...
Another 68 words (5 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Tisdell Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Ireland 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.

United States Tisdell migration to the United States +

A great wave of immigration to the New World was the result of the enormous political and religious disarray that struck England at that time. Families left for the New World in extremely large numbers. The long journey was the end of many immigrants and many more arrived sick and starving. Still, those who made it were rewarded with an opportunity far greater than they had known at home in England. These emigrant families went on to make significant contributions to these emerging colonies in which they settled. Some of the first North American settlers carried this name or one of its variants:

Tisdell Settlers in United States 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

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