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Early Origins of the Touzel family


The surname Touzel was first found in the Channel Islands where the name is generally believed to be derived from the French surname Touzel and in this case, it would have been a nickname for a "young man with hair cut short." [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
Seary E.R., Family Names of the Island of Newfoundland Montreal: McGill's-Queen's Universtity Press 1998. Print. (ISBN 0-7735-1782-0)
Alternatively, the name could have been for a "dweller near thistles or prickly plants." [2]CITATION[CLOSE]
Smith, Eldson Coles, New Dictionary of American Family Names New York, Harper & Row, 1956. Print

However, another source claims the name was a baptismal name as in "son of Thurkettle," and a variant of Thirkell or Turkle. "This corruption was an early one, for a township in the parish of Swine, East Riding of Yorkshire, bears the name Thirtleby, i.e. the dwelling of Thurkell, the first settler." [3]CITATION[CLOSE]
Bardsley, C.W, A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6)

The name may have been the root of the name Thistleton. In this case, the "surname is derived from a geographical locality. 'of Thistleton,' a parish in Rutland, eight miles from Oakham." [3]CITATION[CLOSE]
Bardsley, C.W, A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6)
The earliest record of that family was found in the Feet of Fines of Lancashire in 1250 as Adam de Thistleton. [4]CITATION[CLOSE]
Reaney, P.H and R.M. Wilson, A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X)
Just a few years later, the Hundredorum Rolls of 1273 listed Adam de Thistelton, in Lincolnshire at that time. [3]CITATION[CLOSE]
Bardsley, C.W, A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6)

The name Thistle is numerous in Newfoundland as according to family tradition "one of four Thistle brothers from Guernsey (Channel Islands) settled in Harbour Grace c. 1663." [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
Seary E.R., Family Names of the Island of Newfoundland Montreal: McGill's-Queen's Universtity Press 1998. Print. (ISBN 0-7735-1782-0)


Early History of the Touzel family


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Touzel Spelling Variations


Spelling variations of this family name include: Thistle, Thissell, Thisell, Thisle and others.

Early Notables of the Touzel family (pre 1700)


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Migration of the Touzel family to the New World and Oceana


Some of the first settlers of this family name or some of its variants were: Jeffrey Thistle settled in Marblehead Massachusetts in 1635; Richard Thistle settled in America in 1715; James Thistle settled in Philadelphia in 1862.

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Citations


  1. ^ Seary E.R., Family Names of the Island of Newfoundland Montreal: McGill's-Queen's Universtity Press 1998. Print. (ISBN 0-7735-1782-0)
  2. ^ Smith, Eldson Coles, New Dictionary of American Family Names New York, Harper & Row, 1956. Print
  3. ^ Bardsley, C.W, A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6)
  4. ^ Reaney, P.H and R.M. Wilson, A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X)


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