Twisleton History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Early Origins of the Twisleton family

The surname Twisleton was first found in Yorkshire at Twistleton, where one of the first records of the name was Thomas de Twisilton listed in the Feet of Fines of 1208. A few years later, Hugh de Twiselton was listed in the Assize Rolls of Lancashire in 1260. [1]

Twiston, is a township, in the chapelry of Downham, parish of Whalley, union of Clitheroe in Lancashire. "This place was called Twysilton in the reign of John, at which time the family of Twysilton occur as owners here. In the 1st of Edward III., when the Hall existed, the property was possessed by Richard de Greenacres; a successor." [2]

In the case of the variant Thistleton, this name is derived from the parishes located in Lancashire and Leicestershire. These parishes literally mean "farmstead or village where thistles grow," from the Old English "thistel" + "tun." [3] The Leicestershire parish is the older of the two as this parish was listed as Tistletune [4] in the Domesday Book of 1086, whereas the Lancashire parish was listed as Thistilton in 1212.

Early History of the Twisleton family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Twisleton research. Another 161 words (12 lines of text) covering the years 1629, 1658, 1510, 1600, 1487, 1455, 1487, 1618, 1667, 1654 and 1659 are included under the topic Early Twisleton History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Twisleton Spelling Variations

Spelling variations of this family name include: Twistleton, Thistleton, Thisselton, Twisselton, Twizzleton, Twisleton, Thisleton, Twiselden, Twisden, Twysden, Thysleton and many more.

Early Notables of the Twisleton family (pre 1700)

Another 32 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Twisleton Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Migration of the Twisleton family

Some of the first settlers of this family name or some of its variants were: the name represented in many forms and recorded from the mid 17th century in the great migration from Europe. Migrants settled in the eastern seaboard from Newfoundland, to Maine, to Virginia, the Carolinas, and to the islands..


Contemporary Notables of the name Twisleton (post 1700) +

  • Edward Turner Boyd Twisleton (1809-1874), British politician, born at Ceylon on 24 May 1809, the youngest son of Thomas James Twisleton (1770–1824), Archdeacon of Colombo [5]


The Twisleton Motto +

The motto was originally a war cry or slogan. Mottoes first began to be shown with arms in the 14th and 15th centuries, but were not in general use until the 17th century. Thus the oldest coats of arms generally do not include a motto. Mottoes seldom form part of the grant of arms: Under most heraldic authorities, a motto is an optional component of the coat of arms, and can be added to or changed at will; many families have chosen not to display a motto.

Motto: Vidi, vici
Motto Translation: I saw, I conquered


  1. ^ Reaney, P.H and R.M. Wilson, A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X)
  2. ^ Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.
  3. ^ Mills, A.D., Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4)
  4. ^ Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds., Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8)
  5. ^ Wikisource contributors. "Dictionary of National Biography, 1885-1900." Wikisource . Wikisource , 4 Jun. 2018. Web. 30 Jan. 2019


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