Todd History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The name Todd is derived from the Northern Middle English word "tod(de)," which meant fox.

"An archaic and provincial name of the fox. The expression "wily tod" occurs in the writings of Wickliffe, and the word is made use of by B. Jonson. Before fox-hunting became a fashionable sport, and when churchwardens, acting under the Statute of 24. Hen. VIII., were accustomed to pay "xijd. for the head of every foxe," a class of men gained a precarious livelihood by hunting foxes and lesser vermin, and obtained the designations Todhunter and Todman, both of which have become well-known surnames." [1]

Early Origins of the Todd family

The surname Todd was first found in Norfolk where Hugo, Ardin Tod was first listed 1168-1175 and later again in Oxfordshire in 1225. A few years later, Richard Todd was found in Northumberland in 1231 and Richard le Todde was found in the Subsidy Rolls for Worcestershire in 1275. [2]

Early History of the Todd family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Todd research. Another 197 words (14 lines of text) covering the years 1270, 1231, 1275, 1330, 1658, 1728, 1677, 1679, 1692, 1684, 1685, 1685, 1688, 1699 and are included under the topic Early Todd History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Todd Spelling Variations

Spelling variations of this family name include: Todd, Tod, Todde and others.

Early Notables of the Todd family (pre 1700)

Notable amongst the family name during their early history was Hugh Todd (1658?-1728), English author, born at Blencow, Cumberland. He was the son of Thomas Todd, rector of Hutton in the Forest in the same county, who was ejected by Cromwell's sequestrators and imprisoned at Carlisle. On 4 July 1677, and becoming taberdar of the college. In the following year, on 23 Dec., he was elected a fellow of University College, whence he proceeded M.A. on 2...
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Todd World Ranking

In the United States, the name Todd is the 368th most popular surname with an estimated 74,610 people with that name. [3] However, in Canada, the name Todd is ranked the 778th most popular surname with an estimated 6,905 people with that name. [4] And in Australia, the name Todd is the 411st popular surname with an estimated 9,034 people with that name. [5] New Zealand ranks Todd as 184th with 2,989 people. [6] The United Kingdom ranks Todd as 256th with 23,465 people. [7]

Ireland Migration of the Todd family to Ireland

Some of the Todd family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
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United States Todd migration to the United States +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Todd Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • Robert Todd, who settled in Virginia in 1622
  • Robart Todd, who landed in Virginia in 1622 [8]
  • Christopher Todd, who landed in Boston, Massachusetts in 1637 [8]
  • Joshua Todd, who arrived in New England in 1639 [8]
  • Mathew Todd, who landed in Virginia in 1646 [8]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)
Todd Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Elizabeth Todd, who arrived in New England in 1719 [8]
  • Alexander Todd, who arrived in New England in 1720 [8]
  • Archibald Todd, who landed in South Carolina in 1772 [8]
  • Jean Todd, who arrived in South Carolina in 1772 [8]
Todd Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Adam, Andrew, Charles, Daniel, David, George, James, John, Patrick, Robert, and William Todd all, who arrived in Philadelphia between 1800 and 1870
  • James Todd, aged 20, who landed in Delaware in 1803 [8]
  • Michael Todd, who arrived in New York in 1812 [8]
  • Samuel Todd, aged 26, who arrived in New York in 1812 [8]
  • Isaac Todd, aged 66, who landed in New York in 1812 [8]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Canada Todd migration to Canada +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Todd Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century
  • Nicholas Todd, who landed in Nova Scotia in 1749
Todd Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century
  • Mary Todd, who arrived in Nova Scotia in 1836
  • Rebecca Todd, aged 19, who arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick aboard the ship "Condor" in 1838
  • William Todd, who arrived in Esquimalt, British Columbia in 1862

Australia Todd migration to Australia +

Emigration to Australia followed the First Fleets of convicts, tradespeople and early settlers. Early immigrants include:

Todd Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • Mr. Nicholas Todd, English convict who was convicted in Lancaster, Lancastershire, England for 7 years, transported aboard the "Asiatic" on 5th June 1819, arriving in New South Wales, Australia [9]
  • Francis Todd, a blacksmith, who arrived in New South Wales, Australia sometime between 1825 and 1832
  • Mary Ann Todd, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Navarino" in 1837 [10]
  • Mr. John Charles Todd, British Convict who was convicted in London, England for 7 years, transported aboard the "Asia" on 20th July 1837, arriving in New South Wales, Australia [11]
  • William Todd, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Indus" in 1839 [12]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

New Zealand Todd 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:

Todd Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • Robert Todd, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Success" in 1839
  • Mr. A. Todd, British settler travelling from London, UK aboard the ship "Bengal Merchant" arriving in Port Nicholson, (Wellington Harbour), New Zealand on 20th February 1840 [13]
  • Dr. Graham Todd, British settler travelling from London, UK aboard the ship "Bengal Merchant" arriving in Port Nicholson, (Wellington Harbour), New Zealand on 20th February 1840 [13]
  • Arch Todd, who landed in Wellington, New Zealand in 1840 aboard the ship Bengal Merchant
  • G Todd, who landed in Wellington, New Zealand in 1840 aboard the ship Bengal Merchant
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Contemporary Notables of the name Todd (post 1700) +

  • John Todd (1818-1894), U.S. Congregationalist minister, conductor on the Underground Railroad to Canada
  • David Todd (1915-2008), American architect, best known for designing the Manhattan Plaza
  • Charles Burr Todd (1849-1928), American historian
  • Beverly Todd (b. 1946), American actress, producer and writer
  • David Peck Todd (1855-1939), American astronomer
  • Michael Todd (1909-1958), American theatre and film producer, best known for his 1956 production of "Around the World in Eighty Days", which won an Academy Award for Best Picture
  • Thomas Todd (1765-1826), American Supreme Court justice from 1807-1826
  • Mary Todd (1818-1882), maiden name of Mary Lincoln, wife of American President Abraham Lincoln
  • Albert J. Todd, American politician, Mayor of Kalamazoo, Michigan, 1919-20 [14]
  • A. Newton Todd, American Democratic Party politician, Postmaster at Belton, South Carolina, 1886-89 [14]
  • ... (Another 126 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

HMS Hood
  • Mr. William C Todd (b. 1906), English Stoker 1st Class serving for the Royal Navy from Norwich, Norfolk, England, who sailed into battle and died in the sinking [15]
HMS Repulse
  • Mr. Arthur J Todd, British Stoker 2ne Class, who sailed into battle on the HMS Repulse and survived the sinking, but was killed in action in 1942 [16]
HMS Royal Oak
  • Gilbert Todd (1920-1939), British Telegraphist with the Royal Navy aboard the HMS Royal Oak when she was torpedoed by U-47 and sunk; he died in the sinking [17]
Ibrox disaster
  • Bryan Todd (1957-1971), Scottish football supporter, from Fife who was at the Ibrox disaster on 2nd January 1971 when a human crush among the crowd killed 66 and injured 200 people he died of his injuries [18]
RMS Lusitania
  • Mr. James Todd, English Able-Bodied Seaman from England, who worked aboard the RMS Lusitania and survived the sinking [19]
  • Mr. David Todd, English 2nd Class passenger residing in Philadephia, Pennsylvania, USA, who sailed aboard the RMS Lusitania and died in the sinking [20]


The Todd 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: Oportet vivere
Motto Translation: It behoves us to live.


Suggested Readings for the name Todd +

  • A Todd Family History and Genealogy, 1749-1987 by Frederick Becker.
  • My Family; The Young-Todd Genealogy, 1754-1972 by Lois Young.
  • Todds in Early Lawrence and Monroe Counties, Indiana by Nancie Todd Weber.

  1. ^ Lower, Mark Anthony, Patronymica Britannica, A Dictionary of Family Names of the United Kingdom. London: John Russel Smith, 1860. Print.
  2. ^ Reaney, P.H and R.M. Wilson, A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X)
  3. ^ https://namecensus.com/most_common_surnames.htm
  4. ^ https://forebears.io/surnames/
  5. ^ https://forebears.io/australia/surnames
  6. ^ https://forebears.io/new-zealand/surnames
  7. ^ https://www.surnamemap.eu/unitedkingdom/surnames_ranking.php?p=10
  8. ^ Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
  9. ^ Convict Records Voyages to Australia (Retrieved 14th July 2020). Retrieved from https://convictrecords.com.au/ships/atlas
  10. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) NAVARINO 1837. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1837Navarino.htm
  11. ^ Convict Records Voyages to Australia (Retrieved 7th February 2020). Retrieved from https://convictrecords.com.au/ships/asia/1837
  12. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) INDUS 1839. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1839Indus.htm
  13. ^ New Zealand Yesteryears Passenger Lists 1800 to 1900 (Retrieved 17th October 2018). Retrieved from http://www.yesteryears.co.nz/shipping/passlist.html
  14. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, October 29) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html
  15. ^ H.M.S. Hood Association-Battle Cruiser Hood: Crew Information - H.M.S. Hood Rolls of Honour, Men Lost in the Sinking of H.M.S. Hood, 24th May 1941. (Retrieved 2016, July 15) . Retrieved from http://www.hmshood.com/crew/memorial/roh_24may41.htm
  16. ^ HMS Repulse Crew members. (Retrieved 2014, April 9) . Retrieved from http://www.forcez-survivors.org.uk/biographies/listrepulsecrew.html
  17. ^ Ships hit by U-boats crew list HMS Royal Oak (08) - (Retrieved 2018 February, 9th) - retrieved from https://uboat.net/allies/merchants/crews/ship68.html
  18. ^ Bradford City Football Club In memory (retrieved 22nd March 2021). Retrieved from https://www.bradfordcityafc.com/club/in-memoriam/
  19. ^ Lusitania Passenger List - The Lusitania Resource. (Retrieved 2014, March 7) . Retrieved from http://www.rmslusitania.info/lusitania-passenger-list/
  20. ^ Lusitania Passenger List - The Lusitania Resource. (Retrieved 2014, March 6) . Retrieved from http://www.rmslusitania.info/lusitania-passenger-list/


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