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

The Tate surname is derived from the Old English personal name "Tata," which may have been a shortened version of some other names.


Spelling variations of this family name include: Tate, Tait, Tayte and others.

First found in Suffolk, where a records from the Abbey of Bury St. Edmonds, lists an Uluric Tates in circa 1095. A record from the Rotuli Hundredorum shows Richard Tate in Cambridgeshire in 1279. In Coventry, a John Tate obtained Whiteley, county Notingham from William Palmer in the year 1392.


This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Tate research. Another 221 words(16 lines of text) covering the years 1488, 1496, 1652, 1687, 1692, and 1715 are included under the topic Early Tate History in all our PDF Extended History products.


Another 51 words(4 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Tate Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.


Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Tate Settlers in the United States in the 17th Century

  • Edward Tate, who settled in Salem, Massachusetts in 1630
  • James and Mary Tate, who came to Barbados in 1635
  • Thomas Tate, who settled in Virginia in 1635

Tate Settlers in the United States in the 18th Century

  • Hester Tate, who landed in Virginia in 1705
  • George Tate, who arrived in New England in 1756

Tate Settlers in the United States in the 19th Century

  • Alexander Tate, aged 22, arrived in Maryland in 1812
  • Judge Tate, who landed in Mobile, Ala in 1821
  • Elizabeth Tate, who arrived in New York in 1842
  • Frederick Tate, aged 3, landed in New York, NY in 1847
  • Thomas Tate, who landed in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1848


  • John Orley Allen Tate (1899-1979), American poet and critic
  • James Hugh Joseph Tate (1910-1983), American politician, mayor of Philadelphia from 1962 and 1972
  • Sharon Marie Tate (1943-1969), American actress murdered in her home, along with four others, by followers of Charles Manson
  • Albert Tate Jr. (1920-1986), American judge with the Louisiana Supreme Court (1958)
  • James Vincent Tate (b. 1943), American poet awarded the 1992 Pulitzer Prize for Poetry
  • John Torrence Tate Jr. (b. 1925), American mathematician awarded the 2002 Wolf Prize and the 2010 Abel Prize
  • Nick Tate (b. 1942), Australian film and television actor
  • Sir Henry Tate (1819-1899), English sugar merchant, noted for establishing the Tate Gallery in London, in 1897


  • Tate and Allied Families of Robertson County, Tennessee by Evelyn Yates Carpenter.
  • Taylors and Tates of the South by Ann K. Blomquist.
  • Van Buren Tate: Ancestors, Descendants by Rachel Tate Smith.

The motto was originally a war cry or slogan. Mottoes first began to be shown with arms in the 14th and 15th centuries, but were not in general use until the 17th century. Thus the oldest coats of arms generally do not include a motto. Mottoes seldom form part of the grant of arms: Under most heraldic authorities, a motto is an optional component of the coat of arms, and can be added to or changed at will; many families have chosen not to display a motto.

Motto: Thincke and Thancke
Motto Translation: Think and Thank


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