Show ContentsTodday History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The name Todday 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 Todday family

The surname Todday 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 Todday family

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Todday Spelling Variations

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

Early Notables of the Todday family

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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Ireland Migration of the Todday family to Ireland

Some of the Todday family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
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Migration of the Todday family

Some of the first settlers of this family name or some of its variants were: George and Mary Todd settled in Virginia in 1650; Robert Todd settled in Virginia in 1622; William Todd settled in Virginia in 1651. Adam, Andrew, Charles, Daniel, David, George, James, John, Patrick, Robert and William Todd all arrived in Philadelphia between 1800 and 1870..

The Todday 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.

  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) on Facebook