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Coat of Arms: Ermine a red chevron.
Crest: A tree emerging from a crown.
Spelling variations include: Telfer, Talfer, Telford, Telpher, Talifero, Tailyefer, Telfair and many more.
First found in Huntingdon where they were descended from Taillefer of Normandy, jester to King William, Duke of Normandy, who asked the Duke for a favour at Hastings.
Some of the first settlers of this name or some of its variants were: John Telfer settled in Philadelphia in 1856; John Telford settled in Virginia in 1774; Edmund and Mathew Telfair settled in New York in 1820; Mary Telford settled in Charles Town S.
There is also an Italian surname that was shortened to spell Toliver. These are a different peoples than the Scottish Tolivers:
Tolliver = Italian
variations: Toliver, Tulliver
Anglicization of the Italian name Taliaferro or Tagliaferro, meaning ironworker.
history: Most, if not all, Tollivers in North America are descended from Robert Taliaferro who immigrated to Virginia from England in 1645.
mantle consists of the shield displaying the arms that was given to the
person bearing this surname; a banner with surname; a helmet; and family
crest [if known]. See a sample of full mantle by - at right.
Normally the crest is displayed atop the helmet. To order a full
coat of arms and family crest click here
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