The surname Tow 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 Tow is derived from the Old French word touche, meaning thicket, and indicates that the original bearer lived near a thicket.
Early Origins of the Tow family
The surname Tow 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 Tow family
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Tow Spelling Variations
of this family name include: Touch, Toulch, Tough, Tuff, Tuf, Toucht and others.
Early Notables of the Tow family (pre 1700)
Migration of the Tow family to the New World and Oceana
Some of the first settlers of this family name were:
Tow Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
- William Tow, who arrived in Maryland in 1672 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)
Tow Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
- John Tow, English convict from Wiltshire, who was transported aboard the "Andromeda" on November 13, 1832, settling in New South Wales, Australia CITATION[CLOSE]
State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2014, November 27) Andromeda voyage to New South Wales, Australia in 1832 with 186 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/andromeda/1832