Early Origins of the Tolf family
The surname Tolf was first found in Norfolk
at the coastal town of Yarmouth (Great Yarmouth.) Fastolf was listed in the Domesday Book
of 1086 and later in 1291, Alexander, and William Fastolf were listed in the Feet of Fines of Suffolk
Reaney, P.H and R.M. Wilson, A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X)
Thomas Fastolf of Reedham and Great Yarmouth was one of the first records of the name. He was father to Nicholas Fastolf (died 1330), an English judge who is generally thought to have been the first judge to hold the office of Lord Chief Justice of Ireland
and Thomas Fastolf (Fastolfe) who died in 1361, an English canon lawyer and Bishop of St David's.
Early History of the Tolf family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Tolf research.Another 145 words (10 lines of text) covering the years 1352, 1361, 1380 and 1459 are included under the topic Early Tolf History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Tolf Spelling Variations
Tolf has been spelled many different ways. Before English spelling became standardized over the last few hundred
years, spelling variations
in names were a common occurrence. As the English language changed in the Middle Ages, absorbing pieces of Latin and French, as well as other languages, the spelling of people's names also changed considerably, even over a single lifetime. Spelling variants included: Fastalf, Fastoff, Fastolf, Fastoff, Fastolfe and others.
Early Notables of the Tolf family (pre 1700)
Distinguished members of the family include Sir John Fastolf of Caister-on-Sea; and his son, Sir John Fastolf KG
(1380-1459), an English knight during the Hundred
Years War, inspiration for Shakespeare's Sir John Falstaff. For his efforts in France, he was... Another 40 words (3 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Tolf Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Tolf family to the New World and Oceana
In an attempt to escape the chaos experienced in England
, many English families boarded overcrowded and diseased ships sailing for the shores of North America and other British colonies. Those families hardy enough, and lucky enough, to make the passage intact were rewarded with land and a social environment less prone to religious and political persecution. Many of these families became important contributors to the young colonies in which they settled. Early immigration and passenger lists have documented some of the first Tolfs to arrive on North American shores: the name represented in many forms and recorded from the mid 17th century in the great migration from Europe. Migrants settled in the eastern seaboard from Newfoundland, to Maine, to Virginia, the Carolinas, and to the islands..