Show ContentsTweed History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The Tweed family was "an old Peeblesshire family, and, according to a favorite mythic story, the first of the name was the child of a species of water spirit or genius of the Tweed, hence their name. Unfortunately for the truth of this story the name is derived from the lands of Tweedie in the parish of Stonehouse, Lanarkshire." [1]

Early Origins of the Tweed family

The surname Tweed was first found in Lanarkshire where "Finlay de Twydyn rendered homage to King Edward I of England in 1296, and Watere de Twydi was juror on an inquest at Lanark, 1303. Roger, son of Finlay of Twydyn, had a charter of the house and lands of Diumelzier, c. 1320. After possessing, the lands and barony for fully three hundred years the family lost them in the reign of Charles I. " [1]

Early History of the Tweed family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Tweed research. Another 362 words (26 lines of text) covering the years 1362, 1370, 1389, 1390, 1426, 1542, 1550, 1583, 1592, 1590, 1715, 1794, 1884, 1794, 1809, 1826, 1878, 1826, 1843, 1846 and are included under the topic Early Tweed History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Tweed Spelling Variations

Spelling variations of this family name include: Tweedie, Tweedy, Twedye, Twiddy and others.

Early Notables of the Tweed family (pre 1700)

Notable amongst the family at this time was Alexander Tweedie (1794-1884), physician, was born in Edinburgh on 29 Aug. 1794, and received his early education at the Royal High School of that city. In 1809 he commenced his medical studies at the university of Edinburgh, and about the same time becoming a pupil of a surgeon to the Royal Infirmary, named Wishart, distinguished himself in Edinburgh for his skill in ophthalmic disease. [2] William Menzies Tweedie (1826-1878), portrait-painter, born at Glasgow in 1826, was the son of David Tweedie, a lieutenant in...
Another 91 words (6 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Tweed Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Tweed Ranking

In the United States, the name Tweed is the 8,685th most popular surname with an estimated 2,487 people with that name. [3]

Ireland Migration of the Tweed family to Ireland

Some of the Tweed family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
Another 50 words (4 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

United States Tweed migration to the United States +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Tweed Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • James Tweed, who arrived in South Carolina in 1772 [4]
  • Eleanor Tweed, who landed in South Carolina in 1772 [4]
Tweed Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • William Tweed, who landed in America in 1810 [4]
  • Robert Tweed, who arrived in Mississippi in 1844 [4]

Canada Tweed migration to Canada +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Tweed Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century
  • Joseph Tweed, who landed in Esquimalt, British Columbia in 1862

Contemporary Notables of the name Tweed (post 1700) +

  • Charles Austin Tweed (1813-1887), American politician and jurist, Associate Justice, Arizona Territorial Supreme Court (1870-1878), Member of the Florida Senate from the 2nd district in 1848
  • Charles Harrison Tweed, American lawyer, the general counsel for the Central Pacific Railroad, Chesapeake and Ohio
  • Harrison Tweed (1885-1969), American lawyer and civic leader
  • William Marcy "Boss" Tweed (1823-1878), American politician who defrauded New York city of millions of dollars before being exposed and convicted in 1873
  • William Magear Tweed (1823-1878), American Democratic Party politician, U.S. Representative from New York 5th District, 1853-55; Member of New York State Senate 4th District, 1868-73 [5]
  • Robert Tweed, American politician, Member of Nebraska State Senate, 1901 [5]
  • James D. Tweed, American Republican politician, Mayor of Newburgh, New York, 1928-31, 1936-39 [5]
  • Everette R. Tweed, American Republican politician, Alternate Delegate to Republican National Convention from North Carolina, 1932, 1944 [5]
  • Steven Tweed (b. 1972), former Scottish footballer player and manager
  • Mervin C. "Merv" Tweed (b. 1955), Canadian politician, Member of Parliament for Brandon-Souris, Manitoba (2004-)
  • ... (Another 9 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

The Tweed 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: Thol And Think
Motto Translation: Wait and think

  1. Black, George F., The Surnames of Scotland Their Origin, Meaning and History. New York: New York Public Library, 1946. Print. (ISBN 0-87104-172-3)
  2. Smith, George (ed), Dictionary of National Biography. London: Smith, Elder & Co., 1885-1900. Print
  3. "What are the 5,000 Most Common Last Names in the U.S.?".,
  4. 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)
  5. The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, October 23) . Retrieved from on Facebook