The surname Touchtone 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 Touchtone is derived from the Old French word touche, meaning thicket, and indicates that the original bearer lived near a thicket.
Early Origins of the Touchtone family
The surname Touchtone 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.
Early History of the Touchtone family
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Touchtone Spelling Variations
of this family name include: Touch, Toulch, Tough, Tuff, Tuf, Toucht and others.
Early Notables of the Touchtone family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Touchtone family to the New World and Oceana
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.