Twyforthay is an ancient Norman name that arrived in England
after the Norman Conquest
of 1066. The Twyforthay family lived in Leicestershire
, at Twyford.
Early Origins of the Twyforthay family
The surname Twyforthay 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.
Early History of the Twyforthay family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Twyforthay research.Another 132 words (9 lines of text) covering the years 1388, 1390, 1560, 1620, 1640, 1729, 1640, 1679 and 1657 are included under the topic Early Twyforthay History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Twyforthay Spelling Variations
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.
Early Notables of the Twyforthay family (pre 1700)
Outstanding amongst the family at this time was John Twyford, Lord Mayor of London; and Henry Twiford of Kenwick, Shropshire
whose daughter was the second wife of Robert Hesketh (c.1560-1620), an English Member of Parliament and High Sheriff
Josiah Twyford (1640-1729), was an English potter, born in 1640 at Shelton... Another 91 words (6 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Twyforthay Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Twyforthay family to the New World and Oceana
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 Atlantic. 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 Twyforthay or a variant listed above: Henry Twyford landed in America in 1770; John and Robert Twiford settled in Barbados in 1663.
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