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The ancestors of the Tuffs surname lived among the ancient Anglo-Saxon culture. The name comes from when they lived in the parish of Toft in the county of Norfolk. This place-name was originally derived from the Old Norman word Topt which was used to denote those who lived in the trees or forest. There were other locations with the same name found in Cambridge, Lincolnshire and Warwickshire. The surname Tuffs is a habitation name that was originally derived from pre-existing names for towns, villages, parishes, or farmsteads. The surname originated as a means of identifying individuals from a particular area. In the Middle Ages people often assumed the name of the place that they originally lived as their surname during the course of travel.

Tuffs Early Origins



The surname Tuffs was first found in Cheshire where they held a family seat from very ancient times, before and after the Norman Conquest in 1066.

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Tuffs Spelling Variations


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Tuffs 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 Tuffs include Taft, Tafte, Toft, Tofte, Tofts, Tuffs and others.

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Tuffs Early History


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Tuffs Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Tuffs research. Another 275 words (20 lines of text) covering the years 1296, 1640, 1725, 1675, 1669, 1698, 1689, 1750 and 1708 are included under the topic Early Tuffs History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Tuffs Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Tuffs Early Notables (pre 1700)



Notables of this surname at this time include Thomas Toft (died 1698), an English potter working in the Staffordshire Potteries, eponym of the Toft Style, his work can still be seen in various...

Another 32 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Tuffs Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Tuffs In Ireland


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Tuffs In Ireland



Some of the Tuffs family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 45 words (3 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



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:

Tuffs Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Sophia Tuffs, who arrived in New York, NY in 1847

Tuffs Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century

  • Gerchon Tuffs, who landed in Nova Scotia in 1749-1752

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Citations



    Other References

    1. Bardsley, C.W. A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6).
    2. Hanks, Patricia and Flavia Hodges. A Dictionary of Surnames. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1988. Print. (ISBN 0-19-211592-8).
    3. Leeson, Francis L. Dictionary of British Peerages. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1986. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-1121-5).
    4. 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).
    5. Samuelsen, W. David. New York City Passenger List Manifests Index 1820 - 1824. North Salt Lake, Utah: Accelerated Indexing Systems International, 1986. Print.
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    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. Hanks, Hodges, Mills and Room. The Oxford Names Companion. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2002. Print. (ISBN 0-19-860561-7).
    9. Magnusson, Magnus. Chambers Biographical Dictionary 5th edition. Edinburgh: W & R Chambers, 1990. Print.
    10. Hinde, Thomas Ed. The Domesday Book England's Heritage Then and Now. Surrey: Colour Library Books, 1995. Print. (ISBN 1-85833-440-3).
    11. ...

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