The name Tweford was brought to England
by the Normans
when they conquered the country in 1066. The ancestors of the Tweford family lived in Leicestershire
, at Twyford.
Early Origins of the Tweford family
The surname Tweford was first found in Leicestershire
where they were Lords of the manor of Twyford, and conjecturally descended from Hugh de Grandmesnil, sometimes spelt Grentemaisnil, from Calvados in the canton of St. Pierre-Sur-Eides in Normandy
. The senior line of this family descended to the Earls of Leicester.
Early History of the Tweford family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Tweford research.Another 177 words (13 lines of text) covering the years 1388, 1560, 1620, 1679 and 1657 are included under the topic Early Tweford History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Tweford Spelling Variations
It is only in the last few hundred
years that the English language has been standardized. For that reason, Anglo-Norman surnames like Tweford are characterized by many spelling variations
. Scribes and monks in the Middle Ages spelled names they sounded, so it is common to find several variations that refer to a single person. As the English language changed and incorporated elements of other European languages such as Norman French and Latin, even literate people regularly changed the spelling of their names. The variations of the name Tweford include Twiford, Twyford, Tyford, Tyeford, Tieford, Tweeford, Tweford, Twifort, Twyfort, Tweefort, Tweeforth and many more.
Early Notables of the Tweford family (pre 1700)
Outstanding amongst the family at this time was John Twyford, Lord Mayor of London; and Henry Twiford of Kenwick, Shropshire
whose daughter was the the second wife of Robert Hesketh (c.1560-1620), an English Member of Parliament and High Sheriff
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Migration of the Tweford family to the New World and Oceana
Faced with the chaos present in England
at that time, many English families looked towards the open frontiers of the New World with its opportunities to escape oppression and starvation. People migrated to North America, as well as Australia
in droves, paying exorbitant rates for passages in cramped, unsafe ships. Many of the settlers did not make the long passage alive, but those who did see the shores of North America were welcomed with great opportunity. Many of the families that came from England
went on to make essential contributions to the emerging nations of Canada and the United States. Some of the first immigrants to cross the Atlantic and come to North America carried the name Tweford, or a variant listed above: Henry Twyford landed in America in 1770; John and Robert Twiford settled in Barbados in 1663.