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Toste History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The name Toste is of Anglo-Saxon origin and came 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 Toste 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 Toste family

The surname Toste was first found in Cheshire where they held a family seat from very ancient times, before and after the Norman Conquest in 1066.

Early History of the Toste family

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Toste Spelling Variations

It is only in the last few hundred years that the English language has been standardized. For that reason, early Anglo-Saxon surnames like Toste are characterized by many spelling variations. As the English language changed and incorporated elements of other European languages, even literate people changed the spelling of their names. Scribes and monks in the Middle Ages spelled names they sounded, so it is common to find several variations that refer to a single person. The variations of the name Toste include: Taft, Tafte, Toft, Tofte, Tofts, Tuffs and others.

Early Notables of the Toste 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...
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Migration of the Toste family to Ireland

Some of the Toste family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
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Migration of the Toste family to the New World and Oceana

Many English families tired of political and religious strife left Britain for the new colonies in North America. Although the trip itself offered no relief - conditions on the ships were extremely cramped, and many travelers arrived diseased, starving, and destitute - these immigrants believed the opportunities that awaited them were worth the risks. Once in the colonies, many of the families did indeed prosper and, in turn, made significant contributions to the culture and economies of the growing colonies. An inquiry into the early roots of North American families has revealed a number of immigrants bearing the name Toste 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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