When Samuel Todd was born in 1687, in Ireland, his father, James Todd, was 20 and his mother, Rachel Nelson, was 25. He died in 1741, in Jamaica, at the age of 54.
English (mainly northern) and Scottish: nickname for someone thought to resemble a fox, for example in cunning or slyness, or perhaps more obviously in having red hair, from northern Middle English tod(de) ‘fox’. Compare Todhunter , Todman . This name was brought to Ulster, Ireland, from Scotland in the 17th century.
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