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The ancestry of the name Tofts dates from the ancient Anglo-Saxon culture of Britain. 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 and Warwickshire. The surname Tofts 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.

Tofts Early Origins



The surname Tofts 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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Tofts Spelling Variations


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Tofts Spelling Variations



Spelling variations in names were a common occurrence before English spelling was standardized a few hundred years ago. In the Middle Ages, even the literate spelled their names differently as the English language incorporated elements of French, Latin, and other European languages. Many variations of the name Tofts have been found, including Taft, Tafte, Toft, Tofte, Tofts, Tuffs and others.

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Tofts Early History


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Tofts Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Tofts 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 Tofts History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Tofts Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Tofts 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 Tofts Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Tofts In Ireland


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Tofts In Ireland



Some of the Tofts 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



Families began migrating abroad in enormous numbers because of the political and religious discontent in England. Often faced with persecution and starvation in England, the possibilities of the New World attracted many English people. Although the ocean trips took many lives, those who did get to North America were instrumental in building the necessary groundwork for what would become for new powerful nations. Some of the first immigrants to cross the Atlantic and come to North America bore the name Tofts, or a variant listed above: Joseph Taft arrived in Maryland in 1774; Fred, R. and P. Taft, arrived in San Francisco in 1850; James Toft settled in New England in 1753; David Toft settled in Philadelphia in 1841..

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Citations



    Other References

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    2. Sanders, Joanne McRee Edition. English Settlers in Barbados 1637-1800. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
    3. Colletta, John P. They Came In Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
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    5. Marcharn, Frederick George. A Constitutional History of Modern England 1485 to the Present. London: Harper and Brothers, 1960. Print.
    6. Bradford, William. History of Plymouth Plantation 1620-1647 Edited by Samuel Eliot Morrison 2 Volumes. New York: Russell and Russell, 1968. Print.
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    8. Shaw, William A. Knights of England A Complete Record from the Earliest Time to the Present Day of the Knights of all the Orders of Chivalry in England, Scotland, Ireland and Knights Bachelors 2 Volumes. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print. (ISBN 080630443X).
    9. Burke, Sir Bernard. Genealogical and Heraldic History of the Peerage and Baronetage, The Privy Council, Knightage and Compainonage. London: Burke Publishing, 1921. Print.
    10. Samuelsen, W. David. New York City Passenger List Manifests Index 1820 - 1824. North Salt Lake, Utah: Accelerated Indexing Systems International, 1986. Print.
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    The Tofts Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Tofts 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 10 October 2016 at 13:56.

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