The name Tuffin was brought to England
in the great wave of migration following the Norman Conquest
of 1066. It comes from the medieval female given name Tiffania,
that comes from the Greek Theophania,
composed of the elements theos,
meaning to appear.
Tiffin translates roughly as the manifestation of God.
In a case where a man had a family by a second marriage the children of his second wife would occasionally take her name as a means of distinguishing the two groups.
Early Origins of the Tuffin family
The surname Tuffin was first found in Cumberland
where they held a family seat
as Lords of the manor in that shire. Since the Domesday Book
Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds., Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8)
a census taken in 1086 by William the Conqueror after his conquest of England
in 1066, did not include as far north as the county of Cumberland
it is difficult to identify the original Norman noble from whom this family name are descended, but it is most likely from a Noble named Stephanus who adopted the nickname
of Stephanus, i.e., Tiffin.
Early History of the Tuffin family
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Tuffin Spelling Variations
A multitude of spelling variations
characterize Norman surnames. Many variations occurred because Old and Middle English lacked any definite spelling rules. The introduction of Norman French to England
also had a pronounced effect, as did the court languages of Latin and French. Therefore, one person was often referred to by several different spellings in a single lifetime. The various spellings include Tiffen, Tiffin, Tiffing, Tiffine and others.
Early Notables of the Tuffin family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Tuffin family to the New World and Oceana
Many English families left England
, to avoid the chaos of their homeland and migrated to the many British colonies abroad. Although the conditions on the ships were extremely cramped, and some travelers arrived diseased, starving, and destitute, once in the colonies, many of the families prospered and made valuable contributions to the cultures of what would become the United States and Canada. Research into the origins of individual families in North America has revealed records of the immigration of a number of people bearing the name Tuffin or a variant listed above: Joseph Tiffen who landed in America in 1752; George Tiffin settled in Boston Massachusetts in 1822; Henry Tiffin settled in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1830.
Historic Events for the Tuffin family
- Mr. Edwin Daniel Tuffin (1920-1941), Australian Able Seaman from Wembley Park, Western Australia, Australia, who sailed into battle aboard HMAS Sydney II and died in the sinking CITATION[CLOSE]
HMAS Sydney II, Finding Sydney Foundation - Roll of Honour. (Retrieved 2014, April 24) . Retrieved from http://www.findingsydney.com/roll.asp
The Tuffin Motto
The motto was originally a war cry or slogan. Mottoes first began to be shown with arms in the 14th and 15th centuries, but were not in general use until the 17th century. Thus the oldest coats of arms generally do not include a motto. Mottoes seldom form part of the grant of arms: Under most heraldic authorities, a motto is an optional component of the coat of arms, and can be added to or changed at will; many families have chosen not to display a motto.
Motto: Patria fidelis
Motto Translation: A faithful country.