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Origin of the name TORT


Tort : 1: apparently from an unrecorded Old French personal name *Turte as implied by filius Turte recorded in Canterbury in the early 1200s. This could be a Norman French form of Old Scandinavian Þórðr Old Danish Þūrð with French substitution of /t/ for /θ/ and /ð/.from Old French torte Middle English tourte ‘coarse round loaf’ perhaps alluding to the shape and colour of someone's head. Nicknames were sometimes used in lieu of the baptismal given name which could account for filius Turte. 2: from Middle English Old French tort(e) ‘twisted crooked’. Compare Robert Tortesmains 1169 in Pipe Rolls (Yorks) ‘twisted hands'; Deudon’ cum pedibus tortis 1191 in Pipe Rolls (London) ‘with twisted feet’.

Source : FANBI : The Oxford Dictionary if Family Names in Britain and Ireland, ©2016, University of the West of England

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