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When the ancestors of the Twiford family emigrated to England following the Norman Conquest in 1066 they brought their family name with them. They lived in Leicestershire, at Twyford.

Twiford Early Origins



The surname Twiford 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.

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Twiford Spelling Variations


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Twiford Spelling Variations



The English language only became standardized in the last few centuries. For that reason, spelling variations are common among many Anglo-Norman names. The shape of the English language was frequently changed with the introduction of elements of Norman French, Latin, and other European languages; even the spelling of literate people's names were subsequently modified. Twiford has been recorded under many different variations, including Twiford, Twyford, Tyford, Tyeford, Tieford, Tweeford, Tweford, Twifort, Twyfort, Tweefort, Tweeforth and many more.

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Twiford Early History


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Twiford Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Twiford research. Another 177 words (13 lines of text) covering the years 1388, 1560, 1620, 1679 and 1657 are included under the topic Early Twiford History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Twiford Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Twiford Early Notables (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 of...

Another 40 words (3 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Twiford Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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The Great Migration



To escape the uncertainty of the political and religious uncertainty found in England, many English families boarded ships at great expense to sail for the colonies held by Britain. The passages were expensive, though, and the boats were unsafe, overcrowded, and ridden with disease. Those who were hardy and lucky enough to make the passage intact were rewarded with land, opportunity, and social environment less prone to religious and political persecution. Many of these families went on to be important contributors to the young nations of Canada and the United States where they settled. Twifords were some of the first of the immigrants to arrive in North America:

Twiford Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • Ann Twiford, who landed in Maryland in 1662
  • John and Robert Twiford settled in Barbados in 1663
  • Thomas Twiford, who landed in Virginia in 1664
  • George Twiford, who arrived in Maryland in 1680

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Contemporary Notables of the name Twiford (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Twiford (post 1700)



  • Curly Twiford (1896-1956), American owner and trainer of "Jimmy the raven" which was featured in You Can't Take It With You (1938), It's a Wonderful Life (1946) and The Wizard of Oz (1939)
  • John Twiford, American actor, best known for his role as Judas in Jesus Christ Superstar
  • Andrew Twiford, American founder of Chatfield, Minnesota in 1853
  • W. H. Twiford, American politician, Member of Minnesota State House of Representatives 16th District, 1867
  • O. R. Twiford, American Republican politician, Chair of Douglas County Republican Party, 1950

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See Also


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Citations


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Citations



    Other References

    1. Lennard, Reginald. Rural England 1086-1135 A Study of Social and Agrarian Conditions. Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1959. Print.
    2. Bullock, L.G. Historical Map of England and Wales. Edinburgh: Bartholomew and Son, 1971. Print.
    3. Chadwick, Nora Kershaw and J.X.W.P Corcoran. The Celts. London: Penguin, 1790. Print. (ISBN 0140212116).
    4. Hitching, F.K and S. Hitching. References to English Surnames in 1601-1602. Walton On Thames: 1910. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0181-3).
    5. Burke, Sir Bernard. General Armory Of England, Scotland, Ireland and Wales. Ramsbury: Heraldry Today. Print.
    6. Papworth, J.W and A.W Morant. Ordinary of British Armorials. London: T.Richards, 1874. Print.
    7. Humble, Richard. The Fall of Saxon England. New York: Barnes and Noble, 1975. Print. (ISBN 0-88029-987-8).
    8. Burke, Sir Bernard. Burke's Genealogical and Heraldic History of the Landed Gentry: Including American Families with British Ancestry. (2 Volumes). London: Burke Publishing, 1939. Print.
    9. Passenger Lists of Vessels Arriving at Galveston Texas 1896-1951. National Archives Washington DC. Print.
    10. Egle, William Henry. Pennsylvania Genealogies Scotch-Irish and German. Harrisburg: L.S. Hart, 1886. Print.
    11. ...

    The Twiford Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Twiford Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

    This page was last modified on 4 May 2016 at 08:29.

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