Tufts History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms
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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.
Early Origins of the Tufts family
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.
Early History of the Tufts family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Tufts 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 Tufts History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
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.
Early Notables of the Tufts 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. 
Thomas Toft (died 1698), was an English potter...
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Tufts migration to the United States +
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 migration to Canada +
Some of the first settlers of this family name were:
Tufts Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century
- Gasham Tufts, who landed in Nova Scotia in 1750
Tufts Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century
- Mr. Daniel Tufts, aged 32 who immigrated to Canada, arriving at the Grosse Isle Quarantine Station in Quebec aboard the ship "Jane Black" departing from the port of Limerick, Ireland but died on Grosse Isle in July 1847 
- Mr. Michael Tufts, aged 6 who immigrated to Canada, arriving at the Grosse Isle Quarantine Station in Quebec aboard the ship "Jane Black" departing from the port of Limerick, Ireland but died on Grosse Isle in July 1847 
Contemporary Notables of the name Tufts (post 1700) +
- Robert Malcolm "Bob" Tufts (1955-2019), American former Major League Baseball pitcher who played from 1981 through 1983
- 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
- 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
Historic Events for the Tufts family +
- Master Richard Albert Tufts (1908-1917), Canadian resident from Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada who died in the explosion 
- Master Harold Hastings Tufts (1912-1917), Canadian resident from Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada who died in the explosion 
- Mrs. Ada Maud Tufts (1882-1917), Canadian resident from Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada who died in the explosion 
- Master Clyde Robert Tufts (1914-1917), Canadian resident from Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada who died in the explosion 
- Master George V. Tufts (1916-1917), Canadian resident from Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada who survived the explosion but later died due to injuries 
Related Stories +
- ^ Smith, George (ed), Dictionary of National Biography. London: Smith, Elder & Co., 1885-1900. Print
- ^ Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
- ^ Charbonneau, André, and Doris Drolet-Dubé. A Register of Deceased Persons at Sea and on Grosse Île in 1847. The Minister of Canadian Heritage, 1997. ISBN: 0-660-198/1-1997E (p. 58)
- ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2013, June 26) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html
- ^ Halifax Explosion Book of Remembrance | Maritime Museum of the Atlantic. (Retrieved 2014, June 23) . Retrieved from https://maritimemuseum.novascotia.ca/what-see-do/halifax-explosion/halifax-explosion-book-remembrance