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Early Origins of the Twine family

The surname Twine was first found in Yorkshire where they held a family seat at Kilton Castle. Thwing is located in the Yorkshire Wolds in the civil parish of Thwing and Octon and dates back to the Domesday Book of 1086 where it was listed as Tuennc, in the hundred of Burton. Literally the place name is derived from the Old English word "thweng" which means "narrow strip of land." 1

About 1220, Sir Robart de Thwenge (Thweng, Thwing, Tweng) was elected by other English Barons to travel to Rome with a complaint against the pontiff in the encroachment of their ecclesiastical rights. The family were elevated to the peerage about 1300 after Marmaduke de Twenge distinguished himself in the Scottish Wars. He was summoned to Parliament as a Baron and the family became one of the senior families in Yorkshire. 2

John Twenge (Saint John of Bridlington, John Thwing, John of Thwing, John Thwing of Bridlington) (1319-1379), born in the village of Thwing was an English saint who was canonized in 1401 by Pope Boniface IX. Nunthorpe, a chapelry, in the parish of Ayton, union of Stokesley held a manor that was bestowed by the Conqueror upon Robert de Brus, and from whom it descended by marriage to the Thweng family. 3

Early History of the Twine family

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Twine Spelling Variations

Spelling variations of this family name include: Thwenge, Thweng, Thwing, Thwinge, Twenge, Tweng, Twinge and many more.

Early Notables of the Twine family

Distinguished members of the family include John Twyne (c.1505-1581), an English schoolmaster, scholar and author, and also Member of Parliament for Canterbury. His son, Thomas Twyne (1543-1613) was an Elizabethan translator and a physician of Lewes in Sussex, best known for completing Thomas Phaer's translation of Virgil's Aeneid into English verse after Phaer's...
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United States Twine migration to the United States +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Twine Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Gerard Twine, aged 23, who arrived in New York, NY in 1804 4
  • J K Twine, who landed in San Francisco, California in 1850 4

Australia Twine migration to Australia +

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

Twine Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

New Zealand Twine migration to New Zealand +

Emigration to New Zealand followed in the footsteps of the European explorers, such as Captain Cook (1769-70): first came sealers, whalers, missionaries, and traders. By 1838, the British New Zealand Company had begun buying land from the Maori tribes, and selling it to settlers, and, after the Treaty of Waitangi in 1840, many British families set out on the arduous six month journey from Britain to Aotearoa to start a new life. Early immigrants include:

Twine Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • Mr. Edward J. Twine, (b. 1853), aged 25, English gardener from Middlesex departing on 10th August 1878 aboard the ship "Hydaspes" arriving in Lyttelton, Canterbury, New Zealand on 9th November 1878
  • Mrs. Helen Twine, (b. 1850), aged 28, English settler from Middlesex departing on 10th August 1878 aboard the ship "Hydaspes" arriving in Lyttelton, Canterbury, New Zealand on 9th November 1878

Contemporary Notables of the name Twine (post 1700) +

  • Nancy Twine, American founder and CEO of Briogeo Hair Care, a leading authority on “green beauty”
  • William Henry Twine (1864-1933), American lawyer and newspaper publisher in Oklahoma
  • France Winddance Twine, American Black and Native American sociologist, ethnographer, visual artist, and documentary filmmaker
  • Richard Aloysius Twine (1896-1974), American professional photographer in the Lincolnville section of St. Augustine, Florida (now the Lincolnville Historic District) in the 1920s
  • Sandra Diaz- Twine (b. 1974), American office assistant, known for her appearances on the reality game show Survivor
  • Scott Edward Twine (b. 1999), English professional footballer who plays as an attacking midfielder or forward for EFL Championship club Bristol City
  • William Thomas Twine (1898-1977), English professional PGA golfer
  • Richard Twine (b. 1974), British sociologist whose research addresses environmental sociology as well as gender, human/animal and science studies, known for his "foundational" work in critical animal studies and for his development of the concept "vegan killjoy"
  • Derek Milton Twine CBE, FRSA (b. 1951), British charity CEO, trustee and consultant who served as the Chief Scout Executive of the Scout Association from 1996 to 2013

  1. Mills, A.D., Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4)
  2. Smith, George (ed), Dictionary of National Biography. London: Smith, Elder & Co., 1885-1900. Print
  3. Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.
  4. 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)
  5. Convict Records Voyages to Australia (Retrieved 14th July 2020). Retrieved from on Facebook