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Multiple Origins for the Surname Town


English


The surname Town is of Anglo-Saxon origin. It is derived from the Old English "tun," which originally meant "fence" or "enclosure," but soon came to mean "enclosure round a house," "homestead," "village," or "town." The name was originally preceded by a preposition, and referred to "one who lived in or at the village or town."

Town Early Origins



The surname Town was first found in Suffolk. The written history of the name dates back as far as 1095, when Wistric Oftun was recorded in the records of the abbey at Bury St. Edmunds. Variations on the surname, such as Abothetoune, atte Tun, and Douninthetune, could also be found in this region at an early date.

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Town Spelling Variations


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Town Spelling Variations



Spelling variations of this family name include: Town, Tune, Toune, Towne, Townes, Towns, Tone, Toon and many more.

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Town Early History


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Town Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Town research. Another 217 words (16 lines of text) covering the years 1095, 1275, 1327, 1524, 1583, 1650, 1739, 1816, 1621, 1692, 1640 and 1692 are included under the topic Early Town History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Town Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Town Early Notables (pre 1700)



Notables of the family at this time include John Towne (c.1583), a British actor, Robert Towne (c.1650), a religious writer, and Francis Towne (1739-1816), a well-known British watercolor painter of landscapes. Rebecca Towne Nurse (or Nourse) (1621-1692) (née Towne)...

Another 39 words (3 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Town 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 were:

Town Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • Daniel and Edmund Town settled in Salem, Massachusetts in 1630
  • William Town, who landed in Salem, Massachusetts in 1635
  • Thomas Town, who arrived in Maryland in 1665
  • John Town, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1683
  • John Town, who sailed to Pennsylvania in 1683

Town Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • John Town, who immigrated to Baltimore in 1823
  • Benjamin Town, who arrived in San Francisco in 1852
  • James Town, who landed in Mobile, Ala in 1861

Town Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century

  • Silvenus Town, who landed in Canada in 1834

Town Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • Henry Town, English convict from Middlesex, who was transported aboard the "Agamemnon" on April 22, 1820, settling in New South Wales, Australia [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2016, October 27) Agamemnon voyage to New South Wales, Australia in 1820 with 179 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/agamemnon/1820

Town Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • Joseph Town arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Oliver Lang" in 1858
  • William Town, aged 30, a bricklayer, arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Queen of The Age" in 1874
  • Annie Town, aged 28, arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Queen of The Age" in 1874
  • Rosetta Town, aged 7, arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Queen of The Age" in 1874
  • William Town, aged 5, arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Queen of The Age" in 1874
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Contemporary Notables of the name Town (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Town (post 1700)



  • Hiram S. Town (1832-1901), American farmer and politician who served in the Wisconsin State Senate from 1870 to 1871
  • Ithiel Town (1784-1844), American architect and civil engineer from Thompson, Connecticut

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See Also


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Citations


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Citations



  1. ^ State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2016, October 27) Agamemnon voyage to New South Wales, Australia in 1820 with 179 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/agamemnon/1820

Other References

  1. Mills, A.D. Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4).
  2. Library of Congress. American and English Genealogies in the Library of Congress. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1967. Print.
  3. Bowman, George Ernest. The Mayflower Reader A Selection of Articales from The Mayflower Descendent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  4. Foster, Joseph. Dictionary of Heraldry Feudal Coats of Arms and Pedigrees. London: Bracken Books, 1989. Print. (ISBN 1-85170-309-8).
  5. Thirsk, Joan. The Agrarian History of England and Wales. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press: 7 Volumes. Print.
  6. Fairbairn. Fairbain's book of Crests of the Families of Great Britain and Ireland, 4th Edition 2 volumes in one. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1968. Print.
  7. MacAulay, Thomas Babington. History of England from the Accession of James the Second 4 volumes. New York: Harper and Brothers, 1879. Print.
  8. Markale, J. Celtic Civilization. London: Gordon & Cremonesi, 1976. Print.
  9. Hanks, Patricia and Flavia Hodges. A Dictionary of Surnames. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1988. Print. (ISBN 0-19-211592-8).
  10. The Norman People and Their Existing Descendants in the British Dominions and the United States Of America. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1975. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0636-X).
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The Town Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Town 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.

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