Etymology may be defined as the history of a word, revealed through the analysis of its parts, and by tracing its roots to past times and even to foreign languages. Such a study is of particular interest when applied to a name. The surname Townshendcan be classified as a so-called topographic name, that is, one which referred to a certain feature in the landscape, in this case, a name for someone who lived at the extremity of a village. Tracing the roots of this surname back through history, one discovers that it is derived from two words: Middle English “tone”, which means “settlement” and the Old English “ende”, meaning “end”. The surnames Townshend, Townend, and Twonen are a variations of the name Townsend.. We found more information regarding this Last Name also in other historical archives. Over the centuries the name Townshend may have had many changes and the present form, according to our studies, appears to be d… Coat of arms: Per chevron or and sable, i…
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