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The name Twyford was brought to England in the wave of migration that followed the Norman Conquest of 1066. The Twyford family lived in Leicestershire, at Twyford.


The surname Twyford was first found in Leicestershire where they were Lords of the manor of Twyford, and conjecturally descended from Hugh de Grandmesnil, sometimes spelt Grentemaisnil, from Calvados in the canton of St. Pierre-Sur-Eides in Normandy. The senior line of this family descended to the Earls of Leicester.

Norman surnames are characterized by a multitude of spelling variations. The frequent changes in surnames are largely due to the fact that the Old and Middle English languages lacked definite spelling rules. The introduction of Norman French to England, as well as the official court languages of Latin and French, also had pronounced influences on the spelling of surnames. Since medieval scribes and church officials recorded names as they sounded, rather than adhering to any specific spelling rules, it was common to find the same individual referred to with different spellings. The name has been spelled Twiford, Twyford, Tyford, Tyeford, Tieford, Tweeford, Tweford, Twifort, Twyfort, Tweefort, Tweeforth and many more.


This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Twyford research. Another 177 words (13 lines of text) covering the years 1388, 1560, 1620, 1679 and 1657 are included under the topic Early Twyford History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.


Outstanding amongst the family at this time was John Twyford, Lord Mayor of London; and Henry Twiford of Kenwick, Shropshire whose daughter was the the second wife of Robert Hesketh (c.1560-1620), an English Member of Parliament and High Sheriff of...

Another 40 words (3 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Twyford Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.


Many English families emigrated to North American colonies in order to escape the political chaos in Britain at this time. Unfortunately, many English families made the trip to the New World under extremely harsh conditions. Overcrowding on the ships caused the majority of the immigrants to arrive diseased, famished, and destitute from the long journey across the stormy Atlanti c. Despite these hardships, many of the families prospered and went on to make invaluable contributions to the development of the cultures of the United States and Canada. Early North American immigration records have revealed a number of people bearing the name Twyford or a variant listed above:

Twyford Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • Francis Twyford, who arrived in Maryland in 1673

Twyford Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Henry Twyford landed in America in 1770

  • James S. Twyford, American Republican politician, Delegate to Republican National Convention from Oklahoma, 1932
  • George Twyford, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Ohio, 1972
  • Frank J. Twyford, American politician, Mayor of Lompoc, California, 1960-62
  • Thomas William Twyford (1849-1921), English pottery manufacturer, inventor of the one piece ceramic toilet, a brand that is still in use today
  • Jack Twyford (1908-1991), Australian rules footballer

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    Other References

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    5. Egle, William Henry. Pennsylvania Genealogies Scotch-Irish and German. Harrisburg: L.S. Hart, 1886. Print.
    6. Burke, Sir Bernard. Genealogical and Heraldic History of the Peerage and Baronetage, The Privy Council, Knightage and Compainonage. London: Burke Publishing, 1921. Print.
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    8. Magnusson, Magnus. Chambers Biographical Dictionary 5th edition. Edinburgh: W & R Chambers, 1990. Print.
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    10. Markale, J. Celtic Civilization. London: Gordon & Cremonesi, 1976. Print.
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    The Twyford Family Crest was acquired from the archives. The Twyford 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.

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