Tanis History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms 

Early Origins of the Tanis family

The surname Tanis was first found in Essex where they held a family seat as Lords of the Manor. The Norman influence of English history dominated after the Battle of Hastings in 1066. The language of the courts was French for the next three centuries and the Norman ambience prevailed. The family name was first referenced in the 13th century when they held estates in that shire. The name originated Saint Aubin du Thenney in Eure. Richard de Tani still held his estates in Thenney which was in the honor of Gilbert FitzRichard.

Important Dates for the Tanis family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Tanis research. Another 87 words (6 lines of text) covering the years 1195, 1455, 1487, 1786, 1608, 1659, 1654 and 1655 are included under the topic Early Tanis History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Tanis Spelling Variations

Anglo-Norman names tend to be marked by an enormous number of spelling variations. This is largely due to the fact that Old and Middle English lacked any spelling rules when Norman French was introduced in the 11th century. The languages of the English courts at that time were French and Latin. These various languages mixed quite freely in the evolving social milieu. The final element of this mix is that medieval scribes spelled words according to their sounds rather than any definite rules, so a name was often spelled in as many different ways as the number of documents it appeared in. The name was spelled Taney, Tanney, Tauny, Tauney, Tawney, Tawny, Tannie, Tani and many more.

Early Notables of the Tanis family (pre 1700)

Outstanding amongst the family at this time was TheaurauJohn Tany (bap. Thomas Totney 1608-1659), an English preacher and religious visionary, the morning 30 December 1654, Tany made a large fire at Lambeth into which he cast his great saddle, sword, musket, pistols, books and bible, committed to the Gatehouse prison he was later bailed (1655) upon habeas...
Another 56 words (4 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Tanis Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Tanis migration to the United States

Because of the political and religious discontent in England, families began to migrate abroad in enormous numbers. Faced with persecution and starvation at home, the open frontiers and generally less oppressive social environment of the New World seemed tantalizing indeed to many English people. The trip was difficult, and not all made it unscathed, but many of those who did get to Canada and the United States made important contributions to the young nations in which they settled. Some of the first North American settlers with Tanis name or one of its variants:

Tanis Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Jacomyntje Tanis, aged 29, who landed in New York, NY in 1854 [1]
  • Maarte Tanis, aged 28, who arrived in New York, NY in 1854 [1]
  • Bettje Tanis, who landed in New York, NY in 1854 [1]
  • Hendrina Tanis, aged 25, who arrived in New York, NY in 1866 [1]
  • Piet Tanis, who landed in New York, NY in 1866 [1]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Contemporary Notables of the name Tanis (post 1700)

  • James Tanis (b. 1965), Papua New Guinea politician, 2nd President of the Autonomous Region of Bougainville (2009-2010)
  • Tanis Rideout, Canadian writer and photographer

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Citations

  1. ^ Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
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