The origins of the Tofte name lie with England's ancient Anglo-Saxon
culture. It comes from 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
. The surname Tofte 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.
Early Origins of the Tofte family
The surname Tofte was first found in Cheshire
where they held a family seat
from very ancient times, before and after the Norman Conquest
Early History of the Tofte family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Tofte 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 Tofte History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Tofte Spelling Variations
Before the last few hundred
years, the English language had no fast system of spelling rules. For that reason, spelling variations
are commonly found in early Anglo-Saxon
surnames. Over the years, many variations of the name Tofte were recorded, including Taft, Tafte, Toft, Tofte, Tofts, Tuffs and others.
Early Notables of the Tofte family (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 Tofte Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Tofte family to Ireland
Some of the Tofte 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.
Migration of the Tofte family to the New World and Oceana
To escape oppression and starvation at that time, many English families left for the "open frontiers" of the New World with all its perceived opportunities. In droves people migrated to the many British colonies, those in North America in particular, paying high rates for passages in cramped, unsafe ships. Although many of the settlers did not make the long passage alive, those who did see the shores of North America perceived great opportunities before them. Many of the families that came from England
went on to make essential contributions to the emerging nations of Canada and the United States. Research into various historical records revealed some of first members of the Tofte family emigrate to North America:
Tofte Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
- Thomas Tofte, who landed in Maryland in 1675 CITATION[CLOSE]
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)
Contemporary Notables of the name Tofte (post 1700)
- Bill Tofte, American Republican politician, Candidate in primary for U.S. Representative from Texas 7th District, 2012 CITATION[CLOSE]
The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2016, October 21) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html