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Where did the English Twombley family come from? What is the English Twombley family crest and coat of arms? When did the Twombley family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Twombley family history?

The vast movement of people that followed the Norman Conquest of England of 1066 brought the Twombley family name to the British Isles. They lived in Cheshire, at Twemlow.

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A multitude of spelling variations characterize Norman surnames. Many variations occurred because Old and Middle English lacked any definite spelling rules. The introduction of Norman French to England also had a pronounced effect, as did the court languages of Latin and French. Therefore, one person was often referred to by several different spellings in a single lifetime. The various spellings include Twemloe, Twemlow, Twemlowe, Twamley and others.

First found in Cheshire where they held a family seat from very ancient times as Lords of the manor of Hatherton in that shire. Conjecturally they are descended from William Malbank who was holder of the village of Hatherton at the time of the taking of the Domesday Book in 1086, a census initiated by William the Conqueror after his conquest of England in 1066 A.D.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Twombley research. Another 245 words(18 lines of text) covering the years 183 and 1830 are included under the topic Early Twombley History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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More information is included under the topic Early Twombley Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Some of the Twombley family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 45 words(3 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Many English families left England, to avoid the chaos of their homeland and migrated to the many British colonies abroad. Although the conditions on the ships were extremely cramped, and some travelers arrived diseased, starving, and destitute, once in the colonies, many of the families prospered and made valuable contributions to the cultures of what would become the United States and Canada. Research into the origins of individual families in North America has revealed records of the immigration of a number of people bearing the name Twombley or a variant listed above: Andrew Twamley who landed in North America in 1700.

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  8. Burke, Sir Bernard. Genealogical and Heraldic History of the Peerage and Baronetage, The Privy Council, Knightage and Compainonage. London: Burke Publishing, 1921. Print.
  9. Weis, Frederick Lewis, Walter Lee Sheppard and David Faris. Ancestral Roots of Sixty Colonists Who Came to New England Between 1623 and 1650 7th Edition. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0806313676).
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The Twombley Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Twombley Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

This page was last modified on 12 June 2012 at 16:05.

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