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Where did the English Toddy family come from? What is the English Toddy family crest and coat of arms? When did the Toddy family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Toddy family history?

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


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

First found in Berwickshire where they held a family seat from early times.


This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Toddy research. Another 266 words(19 lines of text) covering the years 1231, 1270, 1275, and 1330 are included under the topic Early Toddy History in all our PDF Extended History products.


More information is included under the topic Early Toddy Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.


Some of the Toddy family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 217 words(16 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products.


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 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.


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The Toddy Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Toddy 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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