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


Spelling variations of this family name include: Twysden, Twisden, Twiselden, Twyselden, Twisdan, Twissden, Twissleden, Twysselden, Twysleden and many more.

First found in Kent where they held a family seat as Lords of the Manor of Twysden in Goudhurst. The first record of the surname was "Adam de Twysden in the reign of Edward I.; and that of Henry IV. " [1] Later in 1334, John de Twysdenne was listed as holding estates in the county.


This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Twysden research. Another 183 words (13 lines of text) covering the years 1666, 1455, 1487, 1597, 1672, 1566, 1628, 1593, 1601, 1606, 1614, 1602, 1683, 1646, 1648, 1660, 1597, 1672, 1635, 1697, 1685, 1689, 1695 and 1697 are included under the topic Early Twysden History in all our PDF Extended History products.


Another 197 words (14 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Twysden Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.


Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Twysden Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • William Twysden settled in Virginia in 1664
  • Wm Twysden, who arrived in Virginia in 1664


  • Sir Roger Twysden (1597-1672), English antiquary
  • John Twysden (1607-1688), physician


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: Praevisa mala pereunt
Motto Translation: Forseen misfortunes die away.


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  1. ^ Shirley, Evelyn Philip, The Noble and Gentle Men of England; The Arms and Descents. Westminster: John Bower Nichols and Sons, 1866, Print.

Other References

  1. Hanks, Hodges, Mills and Room. The Oxford Names Companion. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2002. Print. (ISBN 0-19-860561-7).
  2. Bowman, George Ernest. The Mayflower Reader A Selection of Articales from The Mayflower Descendent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  3. Bradford, William. History of Plymouth Plantation 1620-1647 Edited by Samuel Eliot Morrison 2 Volumes. New York: Russell and Russell, 1968. Print.
  4. Samuelsen, W. David. New York City Passenger List Manifests Index 1820 - 1824. North Salt Lake, Utah: Accelerated Indexing Systems International, 1986. Print.
  5. The Norman People and Their Existing Descendants in the British Dominions and the United States Of America. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1975. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0636-X).
  6. Bolton, Charles Knowles. Bolton's American Armory. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1964. Print.
  7. Best, Hugh. Debrett's Texas Peerage. New York: Coward-McCann, 1983. Print. (ISBN 069811244X).
  8. Foster, Joseph. Dictionary of Heraldry Feudal Coats of Arms and Pedigrees. London: Bracken Books, 1989. Print. (ISBN 1-85170-309-8).
  9. Papworth, J.W and A.W Morant. Ordinary of British Armorials. London: T.Richards, 1874. Print.
  10. Fairbairn. Fairbain's book of Crests of the Families of Great Britain and Ireland, 4th Edition 2 volumes in one. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1968. Print.
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The Twysden Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Twysden 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 20 January 2015 at 14:41.

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