Type Surname (from location)
Pronounced Pron. TWIST(English)
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Meaning & History

Probably from the name of towns in England and Wales called Twist or Twiss. This surname was used by Charles Dickens for the hero of his novel Oliver Twist (1838), about an orphan surviving the streets of London. Dickens probably had the vocabulary word twist in mind when naming the character.

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Entry added April 25, 2021