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

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Spelling variations of this family name include: Tartar, Tartarin, Tartary, Tartault, Tartier, Tartière, Tarterat, Tartrat, Tartarat, Tartanson, Tartenson, Tatar, Tarteron, Tartereau, Tartereaux and many more.

First found in Ile-de-France, where the family has been a prominent family for centuries, and held a family seat with lands and manor. The family were well established in the region of Paris and several members of the family distinguished themselves through their contributions toward the community in which they lived and were rewarded with lands, titles and letters patent confirming their nobility.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Tarter research. Another 134 words(10 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Tarter History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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

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Some of the first settlers of this family name or some of its variants were: Olives Tartes, who came to Louisiana in 1720; and Jean Tartif, who arrived in Louisiana in 1720.

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  • Jill Cornell Tarter (b. 1944), American astronomer and current director of the Center for SETI Research who coined the phrase "brown dwarf"
  • Dr. C Brue Tarter, American director of the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory from 1994 to 2002


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  1. Guérard, Albert Léon. France: a Modern History. Ann Arbor: University of Michigan Press, 1959. Print.
  2. De Ville, Winston. Gulf Coast Colonials, A Compendium of French Families in Early Eighteenth Century Louisiana. Baltimore, MD: Clearfield, 1999. Print.
  3. de la Porte, A. Tresor Heraldique. Paris: F. Casterman, 1864. Print.
  4. Annuaire Général Héraldique Universel. Paris: Institut Héraldique, 1901. Print.
  5. Bolton, Charles Knowles. Bolton's American Armory. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1964. Print.
  6. Robb H. Amanda and Andrew Chesler. Encyclopedia of American Family Names. New York: Haper Collins, 1995. Print. (ISBN 0-06-270075-8).
  7. Filby, P. William and Mary K Meyer. Passenger and Immigration Lists Index in Four Volumes. Detroit: Gale Research, 1985. Print. (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8).
  8. D'Hozier Charles. Armorial Général de France. Paris: Dillon, 1875. Print.
  9. Doyle, William. The Oxford History of the French Revolution. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1990. Print. (ISBN 0192852213).
  10. Zieber, Eugene. Heraldry in America. Philadelphia: Genealogical Publishing Co. Print.
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The Tarter Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Tarter 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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