name Tuft comes from when the family resided 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
. The surname Tuft 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.
Early Origins of the Tuft family
The surname Tuft was first found in Cheshire
where they held a family seat
from very ancient times, before and after the Norman Conquest
Early History of the Tuft family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Tuft research.Another 154 words (11 lines of text) covering the years 1296, 1640, 1725, 1675, 1669, 1620, 1680, 1758, 1698, 1689, 1750 and 1708 are included under the topic Early Tuft History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Tuft Spelling Variations
The English language only became standardized in the last few centuries; therefore, spelling variations
are common among early Anglo-Saxon
names. As the form of the English language changed, even the spelling of literate people's names evolved. Tuft has been recorded under many different variations, including Taft, Tafte, Toft, Tofte, Tofts, Tuffs and others.
Early Notables of the Tuft family (pre 1700)
Notables of this surname at this time include: Robert Toft (d. 1620), English poet and translator, a 'gentleman' who travelled in France and Italy.
Katherine Tofts (1680?-1758?), was an English vocalist, said to be connected with the family of Bishop Burnet. CITATION[CLOSE]
Smith, George (ed), Dictionary of National Biography. London: Smith, Elder & Co., 1885-1900. Print
Thomas Toft (died 1698), was an English potter... Another 49 words (4 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Tuft Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Tuft family to the New World and Oceana
Some of the first settlers of this family name were:
Tuft Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century
- Thomas Tuft, who arrived in Saint Vincent in 1760-1763
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- ^ Smith, George (ed), Dictionary of National Biography. London: Smith, Elder & Co., 1885-1900. Print