Guild of One-Name Studies
One-name studies, Genealogy
The Twelftree/Twelvetree(s) surname study aims to research all occurrences of this last name worldwide. I first became interested when researching my own family and discovered that my maternal grandmother's maiden name was Twelftree. This set me off on search to find out where the name came from. In analysing the data to form family trees I also discovered people with these surnames across the world who had made a name for themselves in a variety of arenas, such as theology, the arts, science and education.
My grandmother Ethel Maud Twelftree (1888-1971)
Research carried out by Frederick John Twelftree (1891-1996) and deposited with The Society of Genealogy in 1992 to celebrate his 100th birthday identified several variants of the surname, as follows:-
No proof was found at the time that these people should have had, at one time, 'tree' as their name ending.
(NB: Huntingdonshire is now part of Cambridgeshire and borders Northamptonshire in the west)
A photograph of Bythorn Church in 2009.
As can be seen from the previous section families with the surname Twelftree or Twelvetrees and variants seem to come from the modern day counties around The Wash. Is it possible that they arrived by sea and entered these counties via the rivers Ouse, Welland and Nene? We may never know.
"The Wash is the large indentation in the coastline of Eastern England that separates the curved coast of East Anglia from Lincolnshire. It is a large bay with three roughly straight sides meeting at right angles, each about 15 miles (25 km) in length. The eastern coast of the Wash is entirely within Norfolk, and extends from a point a little north of Hunstanton in the north to the mouth of the River Great Ouse at King's Lynn in the south. The opposing coast, which is roughly parallel to the east coast, runs from Gibraltar Point to the mouth of the River Welland, all within Lincolnshire. The southern coast runs roughly northwest-southeast, connects these two river mouths and is punctuated by the mouth of a third river, the River Nene."
As for the meaning of the name several have been put forward:-
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