First name origin & meaning:
First name variations: Tafte, Taftie
Last name origins & meanings:
- English: topographic name or habitational name from a dialect
variant of Old and Middle English toft ‘curtilage’, ‘site’,
‘homestead’, also applied to a low hillock where a homestead used to
be. Compare Toft.
- Robert Taft (b. about 1640), lived in Braintree, MA, and subsequently
Mendon, MA. Alphonso Taft (1810–91), jurist and politician born in Townshend, VT, was the father of William Howard Taft (1857–1930), 27th president of the U.S. and chief justice of the U.S. Supreme Court.
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