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The ancestors of the Townshend surname lived among the ancient Anglo-Saxon culture. The name comes from when they lived on the outskirts of a village. The surname Townshend literally refers to a dweller "at the town's end." The name belongs to the class of topographic surnames, which were given to people who resided near physical features such as hills, streams, churches, or types of trees.

Townshend Early Origins



The surname Townshend was first found in Norfolk, at Snoring Magna (Great Snoring) where one of the first records of the name was found there in 1377. "In 1398, John Townshend settled at Rainham, which according to some accounts accrued to them by the heiress of Havile. " [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
Shirley, Evelyn Philip, The Noble and Gentle Men of England; The Arms and Descents. Westminster: John Bower Nichols and Sons, 1866, Print.
Another source confirms this noble family's status. "In 1398, the ancestor of the Marquis Townshend was at Rainham, the present seat of the family." [2]CITATION[CLOSE]
Lowe, Mark Anthony, Patronymica Britannica, A Dictionary of Family Names of the United Kingdom. London: John Russel Smith, 1860. Print.
Actually the first record of the name was listed before the two aforementioned worthy sources. The Hundredorum Rolls of 1273 lists: Geoffrey de le Tuneshende in Norfolk; Henry atte Tunesende in Oxfordshire; and Alice atte Tunishende in Buckinghamshire. Years later, the Yorkshire Poll Tax Rolls of 1379 listed: Ricardus atte ye Thounhende; and Johannes atte Tonehende. [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)
Raynham Hall is a country house in Norfolk, England. Completed shortly after the death of Sir Roger Townsend's death in 1637, it has been the seat of the Townshend family for nearly 400 years. The Hall is reported to be haunted, and was the scene of the famous ghost photo of the Brown Lady descending the staircase.

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Townshend Spelling Variations


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Townshend Spelling Variations



Before English spelling was standardized a few hundred years ago, spelling variations of names were a common occurrence. Elements of Latin, French and other languages became incorporated into English through the Middle Ages, and name spellings changed even among the literate. The variations of the surname Townshend include Townsend, Townshend and others.

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Townshend Early History


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Townshend Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Townshend research. Another 165 words (12 lines of text) covering the years 1350, 1390, 1430, 1493, 1486, 1568, 1603, 1603, 1596, 1637, 1630, 1687, 1682, 1608, 1668, 1630, 1618, 1692, 1674, 1738, 1619 and are included under the topic Early Townshend History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Townshend Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Townshend Early Notables (pre 1700)



Notables of the family at this time include Sir Roger Townshend ( ca. 1430-1493), who was knighted by Henry VII in 1486; Sir John Townshend (c.1568-1603), of Raynham Hall in Norfolk, an English soldier and Member of Parliament, killed in a duel with Sir Matthew Browne in August 1603; Sir Roger Townshend...

Another 81 words (6 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Townshend Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Townshend In Ireland


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Townshend In Ireland



Some of the Townshend family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 107 words (8 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included 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



A great wave of immigration to the New World was the result of the enormous political and religious disarray that struck England at that time. Families left for the New World in extremely large numbers. The long journey was the end of many immigrants and many more arrived sick and starving. Still, those who made it were rewarded with an opportunity far greater than they had known at home in England. These emigrant families went on to make significant contributions to these emerging colonies in which they settled. Some of the first North American settlers carried this name or one of its variants:

Townshend Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • Richard Townshend settled in Virginia in 1620
  • Richard Townshend, who landed in Virginia in 1620
  • Frances Townshend, who landed in Virginia in 1640
  • Mary Townshend, who arrived in Virginia in 1675

Townshend Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • Chancy Hy Townshend landed in Wellington, New Zealand in 1840

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Contemporary Notables of the name Townshend (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Townshend (post 1700)



  • Richard Wellington Townshend (1840-1889), American Democrat politician, U.S. Representative from Illinois 19th District, 1877-89
  • Norton Strange Townshend (1815-1895), American Democrat politician, Member of Ohio State Legislature; U.S. Representative from Ohio 21st District, 1851-53
  • Milton P. Townshend, American politician, U.S. Consular Agent in Galt, 1897
  • Micah Townshend, American politician, Secretary of State of Vermont, 1781-88
  • Hannah D. Townshend, American Republican politician, Member of Connecticut Republican State Central Committee, 1927
  • Field Marshal George Townshend (1724-1807), 1st Marquess Townshend, English soldier
  • Peter Dennis Blandford "Pete" Townshend (b. 1945), English rock musician and composer for the rock group The Who, inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame as a member of The Who in 1990
  • Charles Vere Ferrers Townshend (1861-1924), English soldier
  • Charles Townshend (1725-1767), English statesman
  • Charles George Townshend (b. 1945), 8th Marquess Townshend, British peer
  • ... (Another 6 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Townshend Historic Events


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Townshend Historic Events




Empress of Ireland

  • Miss Tiria Ferrers Townshend (1897-1914), New Zealander First Class Passenger from Auckland, New Zealand who survived the sinking on the Empress of Ireland on May 29th 1914

Halifax Explosion

  • Mrs. Florence Mosher  Townshend (1892-1917), Canadian resident from Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada who died in the Halifax Explosion on 6th December 1917

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Citations


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Citations



  1. ^ Shirley, Evelyn Philip, The Noble and Gentle Men of England; The Arms and Descents. Westminster: John Bower Nichols and Sons, 1866, Print.
  2. ^ Lowe, Mark Anthony, Patronymica Britannica, A Dictionary of Family Names of the United Kingdom. London: John Russel Smith, 1860. 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)

Other References

  1. Foster, Joseph. Dictionary of Heraldry Feudal Coats of Arms and Pedigrees. London: Bracken Books, 1989. Print. (ISBN 1-85170-309-8).
  2. Hitching, F.K and S. Hitching. References to English Surnames in 1601-1602. Walton On Thames: 1910. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0181-3).
  3. Burke, Sir Bernard. General Armory Of England, Scotland, Ireland and Wales. Ramsbury: Heraldry Today. Print.
  4. Magnusson, Magnus. Chambers Biographical Dictionary 5th edition. Edinburgh: W & R Chambers, 1990. Print.
  5. 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.
  6. Colletta, John P. They Came In Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
  7. Filby, P. William and Mary K Meyer. Passenger and Immigration Lists Index in Four Volumes. Detroit: Gale Research, 1985. Print. (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8).
  8. Papworth, J.W and A.W Morant. Ordinary of British Armorials. London: T.Richards, 1874. Print.
  9. Holt, J.C. Ed. Domesday Studies. Woodbridge: Boydell, 1987. Print. (ISBN 0-85115-477-8).
  10. Bullock, L.G. Historical Map of England and Wales. Edinburgh: Bartholomew and Son, 1971. Print.
  11. ...

The Townshend Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Townshend 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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