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Early Origins of the Todhunter family

The surname Todhunter was first found in Cumberland where they held a family seat as Lords of the Manor. The Saxon influence of English history diminished after the Battle of Hastings in 1066. The language of the courts was French for the next three centuries and the Norman ambience prevailed. But Saxon surnames survived and the family name was first referenced in the year 1332 when Thomas Todhunter held the estates.

Early History of the Todhunter family

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Todhunter Spelling Variations

Spelling variations of this family name include: Todhunter, Toddhunter, Todbank, Todbusk and others.

Early Notables of the Todhunter family

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United States Todhunter migration to the United States +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Todhunter Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • John Todhunter, who arrived in Schuyler County, Illinois in 1838 1
  • William Todhunter, who landed in New York in 1845 1

Australia Todhunter migration to Australia +

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

Todhunter Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • Mr. Charles Clay Todhunter, (b. 1791), aged 24, English printer who was convicted in Warwick, Warwickshire, England for 7 years for stealing, transported aboard the "Baring" in April 1815, arriving in New South Wales, Australia 2

Contemporary Notables of the name Todhunter (post 1700) +

  • Lewis Todhunter, American politician, Delegate to Iowa State Constitutional Convention 18th District, 1857 3
  • Dr. John A Todhunter (b. 1949), Assistant Administrator for Pesticides and Toxic Substances of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency from 1981-83
  • Isaac Todhunter (1820-1884), English mathematician and author, second son of George Todhunter, independent minister of Rye, Sussex
  • Winifred Ada Todhunter (1877-1961), British educator, translator and founder of the Todhunter School for Girls in New York City
  • John Todhunter (1839-1916), Irish poet and playwright
  • Rex Todhunter Stout (1886-1975), American detective novelist, nominated Best Mystery Writer of the Century

  1. 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)
  2. Convict Records Voyages to Australia (Retrieved 16th September 2020). Retrieved from
  3. The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2016, October 21) . Retrieved from on Facebook