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The surname Touchton 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 Touchton is derived from the Old French word touche, meaning thicket, and indicates that the original bearer lived near a thicket.

Touchton Early Origins



The surname Touchton 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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Touchton Spelling Variations


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Touchton Spelling Variations



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

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Touchton Early History


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Touchton Early History



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

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Touchton Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Touchton Early Notables (pre 1700)



More information is included under the topic Early Touchton 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: William Tuff, who settled in Western Bay, Newfoundland, in 1794; Captain George Tuff from Dorset died in St. John's Newfoundland in 1835; John Tuff was a schoolmaster of Catalina, Newfoundland, in 1839.

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Contemporary Notables of the name Touchton (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Touchton (post 1700)



  • J. Thomas Touchton, American businessman and Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the Tampa Bay History Center (1989-2000)
  • Steve Touchton, American musician, founding member of the bands XBXRX and Kit

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Touchton Family Crest Products


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See Also


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Citations


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Citations



    Other References

    1. Papworth, J.W and A.W Morant. Ordinary of British Armorials. London: T.Richards, 1874. Print.
    2. Egle, William Henry. Pennsylvania Genealogies Scotch-Irish and German. Harrisburg: L.S. Hart, 1886. Print.
    3. Urquhart, Blair Edition. Tartans The New Compact Study Guide and Identifier. Secauccus, NJ: Chartwell Books, 1994. Print. (ISBN 0-7858-0050-6).
    4. Bolton, Charles Knowles. Scotch Irish Pioneers In Ulster and America. Montana: Kessinger Publishing. Print.
    5. Barrow, G.W.S Ed. The Charters of David I The Written Acts of David I King of Scots, 1124-53 and of His Son Henry, Earl of Northumerland, 1139-52. Woodbridge: The Boydell Press, 1999. Print.
    6. 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).
    7. Prebble, John. The Highland Clearances. London: Secker & Warburg, 1963. Print.
    8. Leyburn, James Graham. The Scotch-Irish A Social History. Chapel Hill: UNC Press, 1962. Print. (ISBN 0807842591).
    9. Burke, Sir Bernard. Genealogical and Heraldic History of the Peerage and Baronetage, The Privy Council, Knightage and Compainonage. London: Burke Publishing, 1921. Print.
    10. Colletta, John P. They Came In Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
    11. ...

    The Touchton Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Touchton 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 31 August 2015 at 08:51.

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