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Where did the English Tanton family come from? What is the English Tanton family crest and coat of arms? When did the Tanton family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Tanton family history?

The Anglo-Saxon name Tanton comes from when the family resided in the town of Taunton in the county of Somerset. The surname Tanton is a habitation name that was originally derived from pre-existing names for towns, villages, parishes, or farmsteads. The surname originated as a means of identifying individuals from a particular area. In the Middle Ages people often assumed the name of the place that they originally lived as their surname during the course of travel. As a general rule, the greater the distance between an individual and their homeland, the larger the territory they were named after. For example, a person who only moved to another parish would be known by the name of their original village, while people who migrated to a different country were often known by the name of a region or country from which they came.

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Before English spelling was standardized a few hundred years ago, spelling variations of names were a common occurrence. Elements of Latin, French and other languages became incorporated into English through the Middle Ages, and name spellings changed even among the literate. The variations of the surname Tanton include Taunton, Tantone, Tanton and others.

First found in Somerset where they held a family seat from ancient times.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Tanton research. Another 252 words(18 lines of text) covering the year 1250 is included under the topic Early Tanton History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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More information is included under the topic Early Tanton Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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A great wave of immigration to the New World was the result of the enormous political and religious disarray that struck England at that time. Families left for the New World in extremely large numbers. The long journey was the end of many immigrants and many more arrived sick and starving. Still, those who made it were rewarded with an opportunity far greater than they had known at home in England. These emigrant families went on to make significant contributions to these emerging colonies in which they settled. Some of the first North American settlers carried this name or one of its variants: Samuel Taunton settled in Barbados in 1663.

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The Tanton Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Tanton 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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