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Where did the Scottish Tait family come from? What is the Scottish Tait family crest and coat of arms? When did the Tait family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Tait family history?An ancient Scottish tribe called the Boernicians were the ancestors of the first people to use the surname Tait. It is a name for a a 11th century Scandinavian personal name which means glad, cheerful.
Spelling rules only evolved in the last few centuries with the invention of the printing press and the first dictionaries. Spelling variations are extremely common in names from before that period. Tait has been spelled Tait, Tate, Tayte, Taite and others.
First found in Berwickshire, where they held a family seat from early times. There are several recorded instances of payments to a John Tayt, clerk of the hospital of Montrose, between 1362-70. Alexander Tayt was burgess of Edinburgh in 1381.
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Tait research. Another 229 words(16 lines of text) covering the years 1100, 1597, 1381, 1424, 1432, 1490, 1492, 1531, 1567, 1626, 1666, 1652, 1715, 1692, 1652, 1715 and 1692 are included under the topic Early Tait History in all our PDF Extended History products.
Another 117 words(8 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Tait Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.
Some of the Tait family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 107 words(8 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products.
After making their great crossing, many Boernician-Scottish families settled along the east coast of North America. When the War of Independence broke out, United Empire Loyalists moved north to Canada while the rest stayed to fight. The ancestors of many of these Scots still populate the continent. This century, through Clan societies and other Scottish organizations, they began to rediscover their collective national heritage. Analysis of immigration records indicates that some of the first North American immigrants bore the name Tait or a variant listed above:
Tait Settlers in the United States in the 17th Century
Tait Settlers in the United States in the 18th Century
Tait Settlers in the United States in the 19th Century
The Tait Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Tait Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.
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