This unusual and interesting name is of Norman locational origin, from the place called 'Tibelot' in Normandy. The name was introduced into England after the Conquest of 1066, and by the 13th Century (see below) had already been anglicized into something approaching its modern forms, which are Tiptaft, Tiptoft and Tiptod. The name development has included Elyas Tybetot (1327, Suffolk), John Typtofte (1524, ibid) and Nathaniel Tiptot and William Tiptod, also from Suffolk and recorded in the Suffolk Hearth Tax Returns of 1674.The family name is recorded heraldically as both 'Tibetot' and 'Tiptoft', with a common descendant in Sir Pain de Tibetot, who was summoned to Parliament in 1308. William Tiptaft married Sarah Burnet on the 19th November 1750, at St. George's, Mayfair. The first recorded spelling of the family name is shown to be that of Robert de Typenot, which was dated 1275, The Fines Court Records of Essex, during the reign of King Edward I, The Hammer of the Scots, 1272 - 1307. Surnames became necessary when governments introduced personal taxation. In England this was known as Poll Tax. Throughout the centuries, surnames in every country have continued to "develop" often leading to astonishing variants of the original spelling.
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