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Tugwood Coat of Arms / Tugwood Family Crest

Tugwood Coat of Arms / Tugwood Family Crest

The surname of TUGWOOD was a baptismal name 'the son of Thurgood' an ancient font name, now forgotten. Other spellings of the name include THOROUGOOF, TOWGOOD, TUGWOOD and TOGOD. The name was brought into England in the wake of the Norman Invasion of 1066, and Hunfridus filius Turgoti, recorded in 1086 in County Essex, appears to be the first of the name on record. Many of the early names recorded in medieval documents denote noble families but many also indicate migration from the continent during, and in the wake of, the Norman invasion of 1066. There was a constant stream of merchants, workmen and others arriving in England during this time. In 1086 the Record of Great Inquisition of lands of England, their extent, value, ownership and liabilities was made by order of William The Conqueror. It is known as the Domesday book. Other records of the name mention Alicia Thurgood who was recorded in the year 1273 in County Bedford and Hugo Togod of Yorkshire, was listed in the Yorkshire Poll Tax of 1379. During the Middle Ages, when people were unable to read or write, signs were needed for all visual identification. For several centuries city streets in Britain were filled with signs of all kinds, public houses, tradesmen and even private householders found them necessary. This was an age when there were no numbered houses, and an address was a descriptive phrase that made use of a convenient landmark. At this time, coats of arms came into being, for the practical reason that men went into battle heavily armed and were difficult to recognise. It became the custom for them to adorn their helmets with distinctive crests, and to paint their shields with animals and the like. Coats of arms accompanied the development of surnames, becoming hereditary in the same way. A later instance of the name includes William, son of Richard Thoroughgood who was baptised at St. Peter, Cornhill, London in the year 1650. Throughout all of Europe the wolf was one of the animals most revered in medieval times. Lycanthropy, the transformation of men into wolves, was widely believed in during the middle ages, and was often used in coat armour, as in the arms depicted here.


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Last Updated: January 15th, 2021

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