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The name Toft is part of the ancient legacy of the Anglo-Saxon tribes of Britain. It is a product of when the family lived in the parish of Toft in the county of Norfolk. This place-name was originally derived from the Old Norman word Topt which was used to denote those who lived in the trees or forest. There were other locations with the same name found in Cambridge, Lincolnshire and Warwickshire. The surname Toft is a habitation name that was originally derived from pre-existing names for towns, villages, parishes, or farmsteads. The surname originated as a means of identifying individuals from a particular area. In the Middle Ages people often assumed the name of the place that they originally lived as their surname during the course of travel.

Toft Early Origins



The surname Toft was first found in Cheshire where they held a family seat from very ancient times, before and after the Norman Conquest in 1066.

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Toft Spelling Variations


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Toft Spelling Variations



The first dictionaries that appeared in the last few hundred years did much to standardize the English language. Before that time, spelling variations in names were a common occurrence. The language was changing, incorporating pieces of other languages, and the spelling of names changed with it. Toft has been spelled many different ways, including Taft, Tafte, Toft, Tofte, Tofts, Tuffs and others.

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Toft Early History


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Toft Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Toft research. Another 275 words (20 lines of text) covering the years 1296, 1640, 1725, 1675, 1669, 1698, 1689, 1750 and 1708 are included under the topic Early Toft History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Toft Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Toft Early Notables (pre 1700)



Notables of this surname at this time include Thomas Toft (died 1698), an English potter working in the Staffordshire Potteries, eponym of the Toft Style, his work can still be seen in various...

Another 32 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Toft Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Toft In Ireland


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Toft In Ireland



Some of the Toft family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 45 words (3 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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The Great Migration


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The Great Migration



Thousands of English families in this era began to emigrate the New World in search of land and freedom from religious and political persecution. Although the passage was expensive and the ships were dark, crowded, and unsafe, those who made the voyage safely were rewarded with opportunities unavailable to them in their homeland. Research into passenger and immigration lists has revealed some of the very first Tofts to arrive in North America:

Toft Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • An Toft, who landed in Virginia in 1665-1666
  • Ann Toft, who arrived in Virginia in 1665

Toft Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • James Toft settled in New England in 1753

Toft Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • David Toft settled in Philadelphia in 1841

Toft Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • William Toft, aged 27, a mason, arrived in South Australia in 1855 aboard the ship "Northern Light"

Toft Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • William J. Toft, aged 32, a farm labourer, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Golden Sea" in 1874
  • Elizabeth H. Toft, aged 28, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Golden Sea" in 1874
  • Annie E. Toft, aged 9, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Golden Sea" in 1874
  • Walter Toft, aged 7, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Golden Sea" in 1874
  • Marion Toft, aged 5, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Golden Sea" in 1874
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Contemporary Notables of the name Toft (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Toft (post 1700)



  • Omar Toft (1886-1921), American Indy 500 racecar driver
  • Thomas Toft (d. 1698), English potter
  • Henrik Toft (b. 1981), Danish professional footballer
  • David Claude Toft (1922-1981), Irish politician and Mayor of Galway (1981)
  • Arve Toft (b. 1966), Norwegian trade unionist
  • Albert Toft (1862-1949), British sculptor who trained in Wedgwood's pottery

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Citations


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Citations



    Other References

    1. Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin . Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8).
    2. Ingram, Rev. James. Translator Anglo-Saxon Chronicle 1823. Print.
    3. Dunkling, Leslie. Dictionary of Surnames. Toronto: Collins, 1998. Print. (ISBN 0004720598).
    4. The Norman People and Their Existing Descendants in the British Dominions and the United States Of America. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1975. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0636-X).
    5. Burke, Sir Bernard. General Armory Of England, Scotland, Ireland and Wales. Ramsbury: Heraldry Today. Print.
    6. Holt, J.C. Ed. Domesday Studies. Woodbridge: Boydell, 1987. Print. (ISBN 0-85115-477-8).
    7. Burke, John Bernard Ed. The Roll of Battle Abbey. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
    8. Magnusson, Magnus. Chambers Biographical Dictionary 5th edition. Edinburgh: W & R Chambers, 1990. Print.
    9. Bradford, William. History of Plymouth Plantation 1620-1647 Edited by Samuel Eliot Morrison 2 Volumes. New York: Russell and Russell, 1968. Print.
    10. Leeson, Francis L. Dictionary of British Peerages. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1986. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-1121-5).
    11. ...

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

    This page was last modified on 26 November 2016 at 11:02.

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