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.
Early Origins of the Tordoff family
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.
Early History of the Tordoff family
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Tordoff Spelling Variations
of this family name include: Tardiff, Tardif, Turdif, Turdiff, Terdif and many more.
Early Notables of the Tordoff family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Tordoff family to the New World and Oceana
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
Contemporary Notables of the name Tordoff (post 1700)
- Harrison B. Tordoff, American fighter pilot and flying ace in the U.S. Army Air Forces, during World War II, credited with 5 aerial victories