Tweedy History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Early Origins of the Tweedy family

The surname Tweedy 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 Tweedy family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Tweedy research. Another 103 words (7 lines of text) covering the years 1296, 1320, 1590, 1630, and 1715 are included under the topic Early Tweedy History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Tweedy Spelling Variations

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

Early Notables of the Tweedy family (pre 1700)

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Ireland Migration of the Tweedy family to Ireland

Some of the Tweedy 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 Tweedy migration to the United States +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Tweedy Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • Tho Tweedy, who arrived in Virginia in 1695 [1]
Tweedy Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • David Tweedy, who settled in New York, NY in 1804
  • David Tweedy, aged 50, who landed in New York, NY in 1804 [1]
  • Effy Tweedy, who arrived in New York, NY in 1811 [1]
  • Patrick Tweedy, who landed in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1811 [1]
  • Effy Tweedy, who arrived in New York State in 1811
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)
Tweedy Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
  • Asa R. Tweedy, who immigrated to America, in 1904
  • Donald N. Tweedy, aged 14, who immigrated to the United States, in 1904
  • Edward Tweedy, aged 8, who settled in America from Edinburgh, Scotland, in 1910
  • D. N. Tweedy, who landed in America, in 1910
  • Florence Tweedy, aged 59, who settled in America, in 1911
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Canada Tweedy migration to Canada +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Tweedy Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century
  • Ann Tweedy, aged 20, who arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick in 1833 aboard the brig "Dorcas Savage" from Belfast, Ireland
  • Mrs. Eliza Tweedy, aged 31 who immigrated to Canada, arriving at the Grosse Isle Quarantine Station in Quebec aboard the ship "Broom" departing from the port of Liverpool, England but died on Grosse Isle in July 1847 [2]
  • Mr. Robert Tweedy, aged 34 who immigrated to Canada, arriving at the Grosse Isle Quarantine Station in Quebec aboard the ship "Broom" departing from the port of Liverpool, England but died on Grosse Isle in August 1847 [2]
  • Mr. Robert H Tweedy, aged 1 year & 6 months who immigrated to Canada, arriving at the Grosse Isle Quarantine Station in Quebec aboard the ship "Larch" departing from the port of Sligo, Ireland but died on Grosse Isle in August 1847 [2]
  • Mr. Samuel Tweedy, aged 5 who immigrated to Canada, arriving at the Grosse Isle Quarantine Station in Quebec aboard the ship "Larch" departing from the port of Sligo, Ireland but died on Grosse Isle in August 1847 [2]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Contemporary Notables of the name Tweedy (post 1700) +

  • Helen Bates "Penny" Chenery Tweedy (b. 1922), American sportswoman who bred and raced Secretariat, the 1973 winner of the Triple Crown
  • Jeff Tweedy (b. 1967), American musician, best known for his work with the rock group Wilco
  • Smith Tweedy (1784-1862), American politician, Member of Connecticut State House of Representatives from Bridgeport, 1827, 1829, 1833, 1836 [3]
  • Samuel Tweedy (1776-1868), American politician, Member of Connecticut State House of Representatives from Danbury, 1820, 1824, 1856; Member of Connecticut State Senate at-large, 1826-28 [3]
  • John Hubbard Tweedy (1814-1891), American politician, Delegate to Wisconsin State Constitutional Convention, 1846; Postmaster at Milwaukee, Wisconsin, 1850-51; Member of Wisconsin State Assembly, 1853 [3]
  • John Tweedy (1843-1912), American Republican politician, Delegate to Republican National Convention from Connecticut, 1872; Candidate for Connecticut State House of Representatives from Danbury, 1906 [3]
  • James E. Tweedy, American Republican politician, Candidate for West Virginia State House of Delegates 18th District, 1984 [3]
  • J. R. Tweedy, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Georgia, 1912 [3]
  • Ephraim Tweedy (1831-1895), American Republican politician, Member of Georgia State House of Representatives, 1868 [3]
  • Edgar S. Tweedy (1808-1893), American Republican politician, Member of Connecticut State House of Representatives from Danbury, 1845; Delegate to Republican National Convention from Connecticut, 1860, 1880 [3]
  • ... (Another 4 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)


The Tweedy 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. ^ 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)
  2. ^ 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)
  3. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, October 23) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html


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