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Tufts is a name of ancient Anglo-Saxon origin and comes from the family once having 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 Tufts 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.

Tufts Early Origins



The surname Tufts 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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Tufts Spelling Variations


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Tufts Spelling Variations



Sound was what guided spelling in the essentially pre-literate Middle Ages, so one person's name was often recorded under several variations during a single lifetime. Also, before the advent of the printing press and the first dictionaries, the English language was not standardized. Therefore, spelling variations were common, even among the names of the most literate people. Known variations of the Tufts family name include Taft, Tafte, Toft, Tofte, Tofts, Tuffs and others.

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Tufts Early History


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Tufts Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Tufts 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 Tufts History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Tufts Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Tufts 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 Tufts Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Tufts In Ireland


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Tufts In Ireland



Some of the Tufts 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


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The Great Migration



For political, religious, and economic reasons, thousands of English families boarded ships for Ireland, Canada, the America colonies, and many of smaller tropical colonies in the hope of finding better lives abroad. Although the passage on the cramped, dank ships caused many to arrive in the New World diseased and starving, those families that survived the trip often went on to make valuable contributions to those new societies to which they arrived. Early immigrants bearing the Tufts surname or a spelling variation of the name include:

Tufts Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • Peter Tufts (1617-1700), English settler to Charlestown, Massachusetts from Wilby, Norfolk in 1637, he was involved in the Salem witch trials, ancestor of Charles Tufts
  • John Tufts, who arrived in Hingham, Massachusetts in 1638

Tufts Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century

  • Gasham Tufts, who landed in Nova Scotia in 1750

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Contemporary Notables of the name Tufts (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Tufts (post 1700)



  • James Walker Tufts (1835-1902), American founder of The Village of Pinehurst, North Carolina, home to the Pinehurst Resort
  • Richard Tufts (1896-1980), American golf executive who added 40 holes to the Pinehurst Resort, North Carolina, President of the United States Golf Association in 1956-1957, inducted into the World Golf Hall of Fame in 1992
  • James Hayden Tufts (1862-1942), American philosopher
  • Robert Malcolm "Bob" Tufts (b. 1955), American former Major League Baseball pitcher who played from 1981 through 1983
  • Daryn Tufts (b. 1973), American writer, director, producer, and actor
  • Chester "Warren" Tufts (1925-1982), American comic strip and comic book artist-writer, best known for his Western adventure strip Casey Ruggles
  • Bowen Charlton "Sonny" Tufts III (1911-1970), American film actor
  • Charles Tufts (1781-1876), American businessman and philanthropist who donated the land for Tufts University, Medford, Massachusetts
  • John Quincy Adams Tufts (1840-1902), American Republican politician, Member of the Iowa House of Representatives in 1870, 1872 and 1874
  • William Terence "Terry" Tufts (b. 1954), Canadian singer-songwriter

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Tufts Historic Events


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Tufts Historic Events




Halifax Explosion

  • Master Richard Albert  Tufts (1908-1917), Canadian resident from Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada who died in the Halifax Explosion on 6th December 1917
  • Master Harold Hastings  Tufts (1912-1917), Canadian resident from Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada who died in the Halifax Explosion on 6th December 1917
  • Mrs. Ada Maud  Tufts (1882-1917), Canadian resident from Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada who died in the Halifax Explosion on 6th December 1917
  • Master Clyde Robert  Tufts (1914-1917), Canadian resident from Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada who died in the Halifax Explosion on 6th December 1917
  • Master George V.  Tufts (1916-1917), Canadian resident from Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada who survived the Halifax Explosion on 6th December 1917 but later died due to injuries

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Citations


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Citations



    Other References

    1. Bolton, Charles Knowles. Bolton's American Armory. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1964. Print.
    2. Bullock, L.G. Historical Map of England and Wales. Edinburgh: Bartholomew and Son, 1971. Print.
    3. MacAulay, Thomas Babington. History of England from the Accession of James the Second 4 volumes. New York: Harper and Brothers, 1879. Print.
    4. Colletta, John P. They Came In Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
    5. Chadwick, Nora Kershaw and J.X.W.P Corcoran. The Celts. London: Penguin, 1790. Print. (ISBN 0140212116).
    6. Markale, J. Celtic Civilization. London: Gordon & Cremonesi, 1976. Print.
    7. Robb H. Amanda and Andrew Chesler. Encyclopedia of American Family Names. New York: Haper Collins, 1995. Print. (ISBN 0-06-270075-8).
    8. Hitching, F.K and S. Hitching. References to English Surnames in 1601-1602. Walton On Thames: 1910. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0181-3).
    9. Weis, Frederick Lewis, Walter Lee Sheppard and David Faris. Ancestral Roots of Sixty Colonists Who Came to New England Between 1623 and 1650 7th Edition. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0806313676).
    10. Ingram, Rev. James. Translator Anglo-Saxon Chronicle 1823. Print.
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    The Tufts Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Tufts 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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