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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. Markale, J. Celtic Civilization. London: Gordon & Cremonesi, 1976. Print.
  2. Egle, William Henry. Pennsylvania Genealogies Scotch-Irish and German. Harrisburg: L.S. Hart, 1886. Print.
  3. Shaw, William A. Knights of England A Complete Record from the Earliest Time to the Present Day of the Knights of all the Orders of Chivalry in England, Scotland, Ireland and Knights Bachelors 2 Volumes. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print. (ISBN 080630443X).
  4. Browning, Charles H. Americans of Royal Descent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  5. Filby, P. William and Mary K Meyer. Passenger and Immigration Lists Index in Four Volumes. Detroit: Gale Research, 1985. Print. (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8).
  6. Magnusson, Magnus. Chambers Biographical Dictionary 5th edition. Edinburgh: W & R Chambers, 1990. Print.
  7. Foster, Joseph. Dictionary of Heraldry Feudal Coats of Arms and Pedigrees. London: Bracken Books, 1989. Print. (ISBN 1-85170-309-8).
  8. Passenger Lists of Vessels Arriving at Galveston Texas 1896-1951. National Archives Washington DC. Print.
  9. Bardsley, C.W. A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6).
  10. Crozier, William Armstrong Edition. Crozier's General Armory A Registry of American Families Entitled to Coat Armor. New York: Fox, Duffield, 1904. 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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