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From the historical and enchanting region of France emerged a multitude of notable family names, including that of the distinguished Tordoff family. Originally, the people in this region went by one (personal) name. Surnames evolved during the Middle Ages when people began to assume an extra name to avoid confusion and to further identify themselves. These names then began to become "fixed" or hereditary between the generations. One of the types of names adopted as surnames were those derived from nicknames. Nicknames, or "eke-names," were an added name that generally reflected some physical characteristics or other attribute of the person that used the name. The Tordoff surname derives from the Old French word "tardif," meaning "slow;" and as such was a nickname for a sluggish person.

Tordoff Early Origins



The surname Tordoff was first found in Berry, a former province until 1790 when it became a region in central France where this eminent family held a family seat in the honor of the seigneurie of Bordesoulle.

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Tordoff Spelling Variations


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Tordoff Spelling Variations



Spelling variations of this family name include: Tardiff, Tardif, Turdif, Turdiff, Terdif and many more.

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Tordoff Early History


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Tordoff Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Tordoff research. Another 133 words (10 lines of text) covering the year 1810 is included under the topic Early Tordoff History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Tordoff Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Tordoff Early Notables (pre 1700)



More information is included under the topic Early Tordoff Notables 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



Some of the first settlers of this family name or some of its variants were: Jean Tardif who sailed from the west coast province of Aunis and arrived in Quebec in 1735; Jacques Tardif arrived in Quebec from Normandy in 1669.

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See Also


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Citations


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Citations



    Other References

    1. Best, Hugh. Debrett's Texas Peerage. New York: Coward-McCann, 1983. Print. (ISBN 069811244X).
    2. Hanks, Patricia and Flavia Hodges. A Dictionary of Surnames. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1988. Print. (ISBN 0-19-211592-8).
    3. Egle, William Henry. Pennsylvania Genealogies Scotch-Irish and German. Harrisburg: L.S. Hart, 1886. Print.
    4. Samuelsen, W. David. New York City Passenger List Manifests Index 1820 - 1824. North Salt Lake, Utah: Accelerated Indexing Systems International, 1986. Print.
    5. Rupp, Daniel L. A Collection of Upwards of Thirty Thousand Names of German, Swiss, Dutch, French and Other Immigrants to Pennsylvania from 1727 to 1776. Baltimore. Print.
    6. Doyle, William. The Oxford History of the French Revolution. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1990. Print. (ISBN 0192852213).
    7. Zieber, Eugene. Heraldry in America. Philadelphia: Genealogical Publishing Co. Print.
    8. Rasmussen, Louis J. . San Francisco Ship Passenger Lists 4 Volumes Colma, California 1965 Reprint. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co., 1978. Print.
    9. Colletta, John P. They Came In Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
    10. Matthews, John. Matthews' American Armoury and Blue Book. London: John Matthews, 1911. Print.
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    The Tordoff Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Tordoff 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 9 November 2013 at 12:17.

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