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Early Origins of the Twiggs family

The surname Twiggs was first found in Derbyshire where they held a family seat from very ancient times, some say well before the Norman Conquest in 1066.

Early History of the Twiggs family

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Twiggs Spelling Variations

Spelling variations of this family name include: Twygg, Twygge, Twigg, Twiggs, Twig and others.

Early Notables of the Twiggs family

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Twiggs Ranking

In the United States, the name Twiggs is the 15,317th most popular surname with an estimated 2,487 people with that name. 1

Ireland Migration of the Twiggs family to Ireland

Some of the Twiggs family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
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United States Twiggs migration to the United States +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Twiggs Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • John Twiggs, who arrived in Maryland in 1663 2
Twiggs Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • James, John, and William Twiggs all, who settled in Philadelphia between 1848 and 1863

Australia Twiggs migration to Australia +

Emigration to Australia followed the First Fleets of convicts, tradespeople and early settlers. Early immigrants include:

Twiggs Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • Mr. John Twiggs, (b. 1806), aged 15, English stocking maker who was convicted in Leicester, Leicestershire, England for 7 years for grand larceny, transported aboard the "Claudine" on 20th May 1821, arriving in Tasmania (Van Diemen's Land), he died in 1824 3
  • Thomas Twiggs, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Asiatic" in 1849 4

West Indies Twiggs migration to West Indies +

The British first settled the British West Indies around 1604. They made many attempts but failed in some to establish settlements on the Islands including Saint Lucia and Grenada. By 1627 they had managed to establish settlements on St. Kitts (St. Christopher) and Barbados, but by 1641 the Spanish had moved in and destroyed some of these including those at Providence Island. The British continued to expand the settlements including setting the First Federation in the British West Indies by 1674; some of the islands include Barbados, Bermuda, Cayman Island, Turks and Caicos, Jamaica and Belize then known as British Honduras. By the 1960's many of the islands became independent after the West Indies Federation which existed from 1958 to 1962 failed due to internal political conflicts. After this a number of Eastern Caribbean islands formed a free association. 5
Twiggs Settlers in West Indies in the 17th Century
  • Allan Twiggs, who settled in Barbados in 1685

Contemporary Notables of the name Twiggs (post 1700) +

  • Levi Twiggs (1793-1847), American officer in the US Marine Corps during the War of 1812, the Seminole Wars and the Mexican-American War, eponym of two ships named USS Twiggs
  • John Twiggs (1750-1816), American leader of the Georgia Militia during the American Revolutionary War
  • David E. Twiggs (1790-1862), US soldier during the War of 1812 and Mexican War, and the oldest Confederate States Army general during the American Civil War
  • Russell Gould Twiggs, American artist
  • Margaret Twiggs, American Republican politician, Delegate to Republican National Convention from Georgia, 1956 6
  • Jerry Thomas Twiggs (1933-2000), American politician, Member of Idaho State Senate, 1985-2000 6
  • H. D. D. Twiggs, American Democratic Party politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Georgia, 1888 6
  • E. Henry Twiggs, American Democratic Party politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Massachusetts, 1996 (alternate), 2004, 2008 6
  • John Twiggs Myers (1871-1952), United States Marine Corps general, recipient of the Marine Corps Brevet Medal

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