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This interesting surname of English origin is a topographical name for someone who lived at the extremity of a village, deriving from the Middle English "tone", "tune" meaning a "village" or "settlement" plus the Middle English "end" (Old English "ende"). The surname dates back to the late 13th Century, (see below). Further recordings include one Richard atte Tounende (1297), "Ministers' Accounts of the Earldom of Cornwall", and William atte Townesend (1327), "The subsidy Rolls of Worcestershire".

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One of my ancestors is William Townsend who was born in Nottinghamshire in 1781 and who married Anne Taylor on January 1, 1810. They had 6 children and he died in Bingham, Nottinghamshire, in 1869. I would be interested in hearing from anyone that might also have the same ancestor, or be able to track this lineage back further


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