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The surname Touch is a topographic surname, which was given to a person who resided near a physical feature such as a hill, stream, church, or type of tree. Habitation names form the other broad category of surnames that were derived from place-names. They were derived from pre-existing names for towns, villages, parishes, or farmsteads. Other local names are derived from the names of houses, manors, estates, regions, and entire counties. As a general rule, the greater the distance between an individual and their homeland, the larger the territory they were named after. For example, a person who only moved to another parish would be known by the name of their original village, while people who migrated to a different country were often known by the name of a region or country from which they came. The name Touch is derived from the Old French word touche, meaning thicket, and indicates that the original bearer lived near a thicket.

Touch Early Origins



The surname Touch was first found in Cheshire, where the family is conjecturally descended from Joslin de Touche, who was granted lands by King William, the Duke of Normandy, after the Conquest. The Touches were Lords of Audley, the Earls of Castlehaven. By the 14th century, many of these Norman nobles moved north to Scotland and were granted land by King David of Scotland.

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Touch Spelling Variations


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Touch Spelling Variations



Spelling variations of this family name include: Touch, Toulch, Tough, Tuff, Tuf, Toucht and others.

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Touch Early History


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Touch Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Touch research. Another 350 words (25 lines of text) covering the years 1361, 1549, and 1561 are included under the topic Early Touch History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Touch Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Touch Early Notables (pre 1700)



More information is included under the topic Early Touch 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 were:

Touch Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • Alester Touch, who settled in Boston Massachusetts in 1651
  • Alester Touch, who arrived in New England in 1651-1652 [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)

Touch Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Ada Touch, aged 15, who settled in America, in 1892
  • William Touch, aged 12, who emigrated to the United States, in 1892

Touch Settlers in United States in the 20th Century

  • Laura Touch, aged 30, who emigrated to America from Rosalyn, in 1903
  • Herm. Henry Touch, aged 26, who landed in America from London, England, in 1907
  • Laura F. Touch, aged 38, who landed in America from London, England, in 1910
  • Bella Touch, aged 24, who emigrated to the United States from Truro, England, in 1910

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Contemporary Notables of the name Touch (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Touch (post 1700)



  • Dr. Arthur Touch, Chief Government Scientist

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Touch Family Crest Products


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Citations


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Citations



  1. ^ Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)

Other References

  1. Donaldson, Gordon and Robert S. Morpeth. Who's Who In Scotish History. Wales: Welsh Academic Press, 1996. Print. (ISBN 186057-0054).
  2. Scarlett, James D. Tartan The Highland Textile. London: Shepheard-Walwyn, 1990. Print. (ISBN 0-85683-120-4).
  3. Catholic Directory For Scotland. Glasgow: Burns Publications. Print.
  4. Adam, Frank. Clans Septs and Regiments of the Scottish Highlands 8th Edition. London: Bacon (G.W.) & Co, 1970. Print. (ISBN 10-0717945006).
  5. Filby, P. William and Mary K Meyer. Passenger and Immigration Lists Index in Four Volumes. Detroit: Gale Research, 1985. Print. (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8).
  6. Innes, Thomas and Learney. Scots Heraldry A Practical Handbook on the Historical Principles and Mordern Application of the Art and Science. London: Oliver and Boyd, 1934. Print.
  7. Hinde, Thomas Ed. The Domesday Book England's Heritage Then and Now. Surrey: Colour Library Books, 1995. Print. (ISBN 1-85833-440-3).
  8. Black, George F. The Surnames of Scotland Their Origin, Meaning and History. New York: New York Public Library, 1946. Print. (ISBN 0-87104-172-3).
  9. Chadwick, Nora Kershaw and J.X.W.P Corcoran. The Celts. London: Penguin, 1970. Print. (ISBN 0140212116).
  10. Martine, Roddy, Roderick Martine and Don Pottinger. Scottish Clan and Family Names Their Arms, Origins and Tartans. Edinburgh: Mainstream, 1992. Print.
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The Touch Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Touch 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 26 May 2012 at 06:35.

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