Twiffeard is one of the many names that the Normans
brought with them when they conquered England
in 1066. The Twiffeard family lived in Leicestershire
, at Twyford.
Early Origins of the Twiffeard family
The surname Twiffeard 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 Twiffeard family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Twiffeard research.Another 132 words (9 lines of text) covering the years 1388, 1390, 1560, 1620, 1640, 1729, 1640, 1679 and 1657 are included under the topic Early Twiffeard History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Twiffeard Spelling Variations
Anglo-Norman names tend to be marked by an enormous number of spelling variations
. This is largely due to the fact that Old and Middle English lacked any spelling rules when Norman French was introduced in the 11th century. The languages of the English courts at that time were French and Latin. These various languages mixed quite freely in the evolving social milieu. The final element of this mix is that medieval scribes spelled words according to their sounds rather than any definite rules, so a name was often spelled in as many different ways as the number of documents it appeared in. The name was spelled Twiford, Twyford, Tyford, Tyeford, Tieford, Tweeford, Tweford, Twifort, Twyfort, Tweefort, Tweeforth and many more.
Early Notables of the Twiffeard 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 second wife of Robert Hesketh (c.1560-1620), an English Member of Parliament and High Sheriff
Josiah Twyford (1640-1729), was an English potter, born in 1640 at Shelton... Another 91 words (6 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Twiffeard Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Twiffeard family to the New World and Oceana
Because of the political and religious discontent in England
, families began to migrate abroad in enormous numbers. Faced with persecution and starvation at home, the open frontiers and generally less oppressive social environment of the New World seemed tantalizing indeed to many English people. The trip was difficult, and not all made it unscathed, but many of those who did get to Canada and the United States made important contributions to the young nations in which they settled. Some of the first North American settlers with Twiffeard name or one of its variants: Henry Twyford landed in America in 1770; John and Robert Twiford settled in Barbados in 1663.
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