Tough History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms
The surname Tough is a local name "from the parish of Tough (Gaelic tulach, a knoll), near Alford, Aberdeenshire. The "ch" and "gh" have the guttural pronunciation of "ch" in "loch." In a roll of missing charters of David II is one to Isabel Toulch, sister to Henry Toulch, of the lands of Toulch in the sheriffdom of Abirdene " 
Further to the south in England, the name could have been derived from the Old French word touche, meaning thicket, and indicates that the original bearer lived near a thicket.  Alternatively, the name could have been a nickname for someone who was "sturdy; capable of endurance."  
Early Origins of the Tough family
The surname Tough was first found in Aberdeenshire. "Sande Towcht in Aberdeen was ordered in 1538 to find caution for "strubbling" others. Sir James Toucht was a notary in Fife, 1549, Thomas Tucht was keeper of the inner door of Exchequer in 1561, one Touch is recorded as burgess of Dysart in 1508, and Jonn Towichte was a "baixter" in Aberdeen in 1581." 
In England, Cheshire was the home to many of the family. Here they claim descent 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. It is generally thought that by the 14th century, many of these Norman nobles moved north to Scotland and were granted land by King David of Scotland.
Some remained in England as in Kent, we found Nicholas le Toghe in the Hundredorum Rolls of 1275 and Alicia la Towe in the Subsidy Rolls for Worcestershire in the same year. 
Early History of the Tough family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Tough research. Another 188 words (13 lines of text) covering the years 1361, 1549, 1561, 1611, 1653 and 1748 are included under the topic Early Tough History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Tough Spelling Variations
Spelling variations of this family name include: Touch, Toulch, Tough, Tuff, Tuf, Toucht and others.
Early Notables of the Tough family (pre 1700)
More information is included under the topic Early Tough Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Some of the first settlers of this family name were:
Tough Settlers in United States in the 19th Century