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Where did the English Tennis family come from? What is the English Tennis family crest and coat of arms? When did the Tennis family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Tennis family history?Tennis is a name of Anglo-Saxon origin and came from the baptismal name for the son of Dennis, which was originally derived from the Latin Dionysius. In the religious naming tradition surnames were bestowed in honor of religious figures or church officials. In Europe, the Christian Church was one of the most powerful influences on the formation of given names. Personal names derived from the names of saints, apostles, biblical figures, and missionaries are widespread in most European countries. In the Middle Ages, they became increasingly popular because people believed that the souls of the deceased continued to be involved in this world. They named their children after saints in the hope that the child would be blessed or protected by the saint.
Spelling variations in names were a common occurrence before English spelling was standardized a few hundred years ago. In the Middle Ages, even the literate spelled their names differently as the English language incorporated elements of French, Latin, and other European languages. Many variations of the name Tennis have been found, including Tennyson, Tenison, Tennison and others.
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Tennis research. Another 161 words(12 lines of text) covering the years 1636, 1715, 1694, 1685, 1714, 1809, 1892, 1636 and 1715 are included under the topic Early Tennis History in all our PDF Extended History products.
Another 33 words(2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Tennis Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.
Some of the Tennis family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 53 words(4 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products.
Families began migrating abroad in enormous numbers because of the political and religious discontent in England. Often faced with persecution and starvation in England, the possibilities of the New World attracted many English people. Although the ocean trips took many lives, those who did get to North America were instrumental in building the necessary groundwork for what would become for new powerful nations. Among the first immigrants of the name Tennis, or a variant listed above to cross the Atlantic and come to North America were :
Tennis Settlers in the United States in the 17th Century
Tennis Settlers in the United States in the 19th Century
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: Nil Temere
Motto Translation: Not Rashly.
The Tennis Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Tennis 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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