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Where did the German Tannehill family come from? What is the German Tannehill family crest and coat of arms? When did the Tannehill family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Tannehill family history?The Tannehill family name first began to be used in the German state of Bavaria. After the 12th century, hereditary surnames were adopted according to fairly general rules, and names that were derived from locations became particularly common. The family name Tannehill 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 Tannehill was given to someone who lived in or near a forest. This name was originally derived from the German word tan, which means forest.
In the medieval era, many different cultural groups lived in the German states. There are thus many regional variations of German surnames from that era. Westphalians spoke Low German, which is similar to modern Dutch. Many German names carry suffixes that identify where they came from. Others have phrases attached that identify something about the original bearer. Other variations in German names resulted from the fact that medieval scribes worked without the aid of any spelling rules. The spelling variations of the name Tannehill 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 Tannehill research. Another 315 words(22 lines of text) covering the years 1160, 1176, 1572, 1632, and 1704 are included under the topic Early Tannehill History in all our PDF Extended History products.
Another 42 words(3 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Tannehill 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: Sylvester Tann, who came to Philadelphia in 1856.
The Tannehill Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Tannehill 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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