Tweed History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Early Origins of the Tweed family

The surname Tweed was first found in Lanarkshire (Gaelic: Siorrachd Lannraig) a former county in the central Strathclyde region of Scotland, now divided into the Council Areas of North Lanarkshire, South Lanarkshire, and the City of Glasgow, where they held a family seat from very ancient times, on the lands of Tweedie in the parish of Stonehouse in Lanarkshire. Even from ancient times the Tweedies had a reputation of being a savage race and were frequently at odds with the Law.

Early History of the Tweed family

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Tweed Spelling Variations

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

Early Notables of the Tweed family (pre 1700)

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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. [1]

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
  • Eleanor Tweed, who landed in South Carolina in 1772 [2]
  • James Tweed, who arrived in South Carolina in 1772 [2]
Tweed Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • William Tweed, who landed in America in 1810 [2]
  • Robert Tweed, who arrived in Mississippi in 1844 [2]

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 [3]
  • Robert Tweed, American politician, Member of Nebraska State Senate, 1901 [3]
  • James D. Tweed, American Republican politician, Mayor of Newburgh, New York, 1928-31, 1936-39 [3]
  • Everette R. Tweed, American Republican politician, Alternate Delegate to Republican National Convention from North Carolina, 1932, 1944 [3]
  • Steven Tweed (b. 1972), former Scottish footballer player and manager
  • David Alexander Tweed (1959-2021), Northern Irish politician and Irish rugby union international, Traditional Unionist Voice councillor on Ballymena Borough Council
  • ... (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

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  2. ^ 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)
  3. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, October 23) . Retrieved from on Facebook
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