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Where did the German Tann family come from? What is the German Tann family crest and coat of arms? When did the Tann family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Tann family history?The Tann surname first began to be used in the German state of Bavaria, some time after the 12th century, when hereditary surnames were adopted according to fairly general rules, and names that were derived from locations became particularly common. The family name Tann is a local surname. Originally denoting the proprietorship of an estate or influence within a village, the German preposition von, which means from or of, used with local names, was taken as a mark of aristocracy. The surname Tann was given to someone who lived in or near a forest. This name was originally derived from the German word tan, which means forest.
One can encounter great variation in the spelling of surnames: in early times, spelling in general, and thus the spelling of names was not yet standardized; and later, spellings would change with branching and movement of families. Variations of the name Tann include Tann, Tan, Tanner, Taner, Tanns, Tans, Tanne and many more.
First found in Franconia, where the name came from humble beginnings but gained a significant reputation for its contribution to the emerging mediaeval society. It later became more prominent as many branches of the same house acquired distant estates and branches, some in foreign countries, always elevating their social status by their great contributions to society.
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Tann research. Another 315 words(22 lines of text) covering the years 1160, 1176, 1572, 1632, and 1704 are included under the topic Early Tann History in all our PDF Extended History products.
Another 42 words(3 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Tann Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.
The great European flow of migration to North America, which began in the middle of the 17th century and continued into the 20th century, was particularly attractive to those from Bavaria who wished to escape either poverty or religious persecution. For many Bavarian tenant farmers, the chance to own their own land was a major incentive. So the widespread colonization of the United States began in 1650, when many immigrants from Germany settled in pockets in Pennsylvania, Texas, New York, Illinois, and California. In Canada, German settlement centered in Ontario and the prairie provinces. Among those of this surname listed in various historical records were:
Tann Settlers in the United States in the 18th Century
Tann Settlers in the United States in the 19th Century
The Tann Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Tann 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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