Show ContentsTwinn History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The distinguished name Twinn is derived from the Old English word "twin," meaning "thread, string," and would denote an occupational name for someone in that trade. 1

While generally regarded as an Anglo Saxon name, it may have originated in Normandy where William Tuine was listed in the Magni Rotuli Scaccarii Normanniae (1180-1195.) 2

Early Origins of the Twinn family

The surname Twinn was first found in Hampshire where the Feet of Fines for 1422 recorded Edmund Twyne as holding lands there at that time. 1

Nicholas and Richard Twin were recorded in the Hundredorum Rolls of 1272, but no counties were listed. 2 A very learned family, the Register of the University of Oxford had two early entries: Thomas Twyne, 1564 and Laurence Twine, 1564. 3

Early History of the Twinn family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Twinn research. Another 185 words (13 lines of text) covering the years 1139, 1501, 1510, 1543, 1544, 1548, 1576, 1579, 1581, 1600, 1612, 1613, 1624, 1644, 1698 and 1750 are included under the topic Early Twinn History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Twinn Spelling Variations

Spelling variations of this family name include: Twyne, Twine, Twiene, Twynne, Twin, Twinn, Twain and others.

Early Notables of the Twinn family

Distinguished members of the family include John Twyne (1501?-1581), English schoolmaster and author, born about 1501 at Bullingdon, Hampshire, the son of William Twyne, and was descended from Sir Brian Twyne of Long Parish in the same county. His son, Lawrence Twyne (fl. 1576), was a...
Another 45 words (3 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Twinn Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.


United States Twinn migration to the United States +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Twinn Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • Thomas Twinn, who landed in Virginia in 1653 4
  • Ann Twinn, who arrived in Virginia in 1655 4

Contemporary Notables of the name Twinn (post 1700) +

  • Dr. Ian David Twinn C.B.E. (b. 1950), British Conservative Politician, was appointed Commander of the Order of the British Empire on 8th June 2018, for political and voluntary service 5


  1. Reaney, P.H and R.M. Wilson, A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X)
  2. The Norman People and Their Existing Descendants in the British Dominions and the United States Of America. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1975. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0636-X)
  3. Bardsley, C.W, A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6)
  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. "Birthday and New Year Honours Lists (1940 to 2019)." Issue 62507, 28 December 2018 | London Gazette, The Gazette, Dec. 2018, www.thegazette.co.uk/honours-lists


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