Townsend is a surname of Yorkshire and Norfolk origin. In English its meaning is a topographic name indicating residence at the extremity of a city or burgh (from Middle English "touun" ‘village’, ‘hamlet’, ‘stead’ + "ende" ‘end’.) The name is first foundFact|date=August 2008 originating from Norfolk where people of the surname were seated as Lords of the manor of "Snoring Magna" (Great Snoring) in England from ancient times. Popular variants are Townshend (of Norfolk variety), and Townend.

:Variants: Townshend, Townend, Thounhende, Tonsend, Touunend, Tounende, TouunesendeFact|date=August 2008, Touunsende, Towneend, Townsende, Townesende, Townesend, TunesendeFact|date=August 2008, Tunsend.

Townsend may also refer to:


The name of some locations:

United States of America:

*Townsend, Delaware
*Townsend, Georgia
*Townsend, Massachusetts, a town
**Townsend (CDP), Massachusetts, a census-designated place
**Townsend Harbor, Massachusetts, a village in Townsend, Massachusetts
*Townsend, Montana
*Townsend Township, Ohio
**Townsend Township, Huron County, Ohio
**Townsend Township, Sandusky County, Ohio
*Townsend, Tennessee
*Townsend, Wisconsin
*Townshend, Vermont
*Port Townsend, Washington
**Port Townsend Bay
**Port Townsend Film Festival

* Townshend, Cornwall

*Townsend, Kingswinford, an area at the end of the village of Kingswinford in the West Midlands (previously in Staffordshire)
*Townsend Industrial Estate in Houghton Regis, near Dunstable in Bedfordshire

* Townsend Township, Ontario
* Townsend, Ontario

New Zealand:
* Townsend Observatory

*Mount Townsend

Buildings and structures

* Townsend Central Public School
* Townsend High School, Bulawayo, Zimbabwe (formerly: Rhodesia).
* Townshend International School, Hluboká nad Vltavou, Czech Republic.
* Townsend & Wall, principal department store in downtown St. Joseph, Missouri from 1866 to 1983, now used for apartments.
* Townsend Building (also "the Old Drugstore"), a historic site in Lake Butler, Florida.
* James W. Townsend House
** James W. Townsend House (Marion County)
** James W. Townsend House (Union County)


*Townshend Acts, proposed by Charles Townshend, Chancellor of the Exchequer, that placed a tax on common import goods and which fomented resentment of the British in the Thirteen Colonies.



*Townsend avalanche
*Townsend (unit)


*Townsend's Warbler "(Dendroica townsendi)", a small songbird of the New World warbler family.
*Townsend's Solitaire "(Myadestes townsendi)", a medium-sized thrush, and the solitaire native to North America.
*Townsend's Mole "(Scapanus townsendii)", the largest North American mole.
*Townsend's Shearwater "(Puffinus auricularis)", a rare seabird of the tropics from the family Procellariidae.


*Marquess Townshend, see this article for further members of the family


*Townsend Bell, motor racing driver.
*Townsend Cromwell
*Townsend Coleman
*Townsend Harris
**Townsend Harris High School, a public magnet high school for the humanities in the borough of Queens in New York City.
*Townsend Hoopes
*Townsend Saunders
*Townsend Scudder
*Townsend Thoresen


* Andy Townsend, Irish soccer player
* Anna Townsend, American silent film actress
* Anel Townsend, Peruvian politician
* Aurelian Townsend or Townshend, English poet
* Ben Townsend, English football player
* Bill Townsend
* Bertha Townsend, American tennis player
* Brian Townsend, American poker player
* Cenzo Townsend
* Charles Townshend, 2nd Viscount Townshend, nicknamed "Turnip Townsend" for his agricultural experiments
* Charles Townshend, 3rd Viscount Townshend (1700-1764)
* Charles Townshend (1725-1767), Chancellor of the Exchequer, son of the 3rd Viscount
* Charles Townsend
* Charles C. Townsend
* Charles E. Townsend
* Charles Haskins Townsend
* Sir Charles Vere Ferrers Townshend (1861-1924), British Major General
* Charles Townsend (BMX racer)
* Charlie Townsend
* Chauncy Townsend
* Chauncy Hare Townshend
* Chris Townsend
* Cliff Townshend, Musician (1917-1986)
* M. Clifford Townsend
* Cyril Townsend
* Cyrus Townsend Brady
* Dallas Townsend
* Darian Townsend, South African swimmer
* Dave Townsend
* David Townsend
* Deshea Townsend
* Devin Townsend, Canadian musician
* Douglas Townsend
* Ed Townsend
* Emily Dickinson Townsend Vermeule
* Eric Townsend
* Frances Townsend, former Homeland Security Adviser to U.S. President George W. Bush
* Francis Townsend, creator of the proposal for an old-age pension plan during the Great Depression
* Frederick Henry Townsend (1868-1920). Book illustrator and first art editor of Punch magazine.
* Frederick Townsend Ward
* George Townshend, 1st Marquess Townshend, 4th Viscount Townshend
* George Alfred Townsend ("Gath"), war correspondent
* George Fyler Townsend
* George Townsend, Hand of the cause of God, Bahá'í
* Gregor Townsend, Scottish rugby player
* Henry Townsend:
** Henry Townsend (missionary)
** Henry Townsend (musician)
** Henry Townsend (Oyster Bay) Early American settler, Quaker
* James Townsend Saward
* Jason Townsend
* Jill Townsend
* John Townend, British politician
* John G. Townsend, Jr.
* John Kirk Townsend, American naturalist
* John Sealy Townsend, Irish physicist
* John Rowe Townsend
* John Townsend Trowbridge
* Kathleen Kennedy Townsend
* Lauren Townsend (1981 - 1999) aspiring wild life biologist and one of the thirteen people murdered during the Columbine High School Massacre.
* Lena Townsend
* Les Townsend
* Leslie Townsend
* Light Townsend Cummins
* Lynn Townsend White, Jr.
* Mark Lee Townsend
* Mary Ashley Townsend
* Norman Townsend
* Pete Townshend, guitarist of The Who
* Peter Townsend (Group Captain) (1914-1995), British air-soldier and royal-family associate
* Peter Townsend (professor) (born 1928 ?), economist and author
* Primi Townsend
* Ralph Townsend
* Richard Townsend, Colonel of Oliver Cromwell's army
* Rob Townsend
* Robert Townshend
* Robert "Fuzz" Townshend
* Robert Townsend (Captain), US Navy Civil War era ship captain
* Robert Townsend (author), author of the 1970 book, "Up the Organization"
* Robert Townsend, actor and director.
* Ryan Townsend
* Simon Townsend, Australian television presenter
* Simon Townshend, Musician
* Solomon Townsend Revolutionary War era ship captain and ironworker
* Stacy Townsend
* Stuart Townend, British composer
* Stuart Townsend
* Sue Townsend
* Sylvia Townsend Warner
* Tammy Townsend
* Taylor Townsend
* Thomas Townshend, 1st Viscount Sydney
* Thomas Townsend Brown
* Tosh Townend
* Veronica Townsend, fictional character
* Wade Townsend, American baseball pitcher
* Washington Townsend
* William Townshend (colonial governor) (or Townsend)
* William Townsend, (b. 1630-17??) early American Colonist
* William Cameron Townsend
* William Kneeland Townsend
* Yulia Townsend


* Sanford-Townsend Band, a 1970s American rock band
* Townsend and Townsend and Crew LLP, law firm established in 1860, based in San Francisco, California.
* Mount Townsend, the second highest peak of mainland Australia.
* Stevens-Townsend-Murphy Party
* Simon Townsend's Wonder World

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