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Twiss Early Origins



The surname Twiss was first found in Northumberland where they held a family seat from very ancient times at Twizel near Coldstream as Lords of the manor, some say before the Norman Conquest in 1066 A.D. One of the first on record was Agnes de Twizel of the county of Berwick who rendered homage in 1296 to King Edward I of England who restored her lands in Berwickshire.

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Twiss Spelling Variations


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Twiss Spelling Variations



Spelling variations of this family name include: Twyss, Twysse, Twiss, Twisse, Twist, Twiste, Twyst and many more.

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Twiss Early History


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Twiss Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Twiss research. Another 283 words (20 lines of text) covering the years 1802, 1700, 1578, 1646, 1787 and 1849 are included under the topic Early Twiss History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Twiss Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Twiss Early Notables (pre 1700)



Another 42 words (3 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Twiss Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Twiss In Ireland


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Twiss In Ireland



Some of the Twiss family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 31 words (2 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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The Great Migration


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The Great Migration



Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Twiss Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • John Twiss who settled in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1845
  • Joseph Twiss, who settled in Philadelphia in 1853

Twiss Settlers in United States in the 20th Century

  • Charles Victor Twiss, who emigrated to the United States, in 1904
  • Cal. G. W. Twiss, aged 58, who settled in America from Southampton, England, in 1908
  • George Edw. Twiss, aged 53, who landed in America from St. John, England, in 1909
  • Jessie Twiss, aged 5, who settled in America from Farranfore, Ireland, in 1910
  • Richard Twiss, aged 26, who emigrated to the United States, in 1912
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Twiss Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • Michael Twiss, aged 20, a labourer, who arrived in Nelson, New Zealand aboard the ship "Chile" in 1874

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Contemporary Notables of the name Twiss (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Twiss (post 1700)



  • Richard Twiss (b. 1954), Native American educator and author
  • Stephen R. Twiss, American politician, Justice of Utah Territorial Supreme Court, 1880-84 [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, October 23) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html
  • Robert M. Twiss, American politician, U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of California, 1993 [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, October 23) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html
  • Leon Twiss, American Democrat politician, Candidate for Michigan State House of Representatives 98th District, 1976 [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, October 23) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html
  • George J. Twiss (b. 1853), American Republican politician, Mayor of Kansas City, Kansas, 1895-97 [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, October 23) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html
  • Michael John Twiss (b. 1977), English footballer
  • Horace Twiss (1787-1849), English writer and politician
  • Sir Travers Twiss (1809-1897), English jurist
  • Richard Q. Twiss (1920-2005), Indian-born British scientist, famous for his work on the Hanbury-Brown and Twiss effect
  • Lionel Peter Twiss OBE, DSC and Bar (b. 1921), British pilot who held the World Air Speed Record of 1,132 mph in 1956

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