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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.

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Until quite recently, the English language has lacked a definite system of spelling rules. Consequently, Anglo-Saxon surnames are characterized by a multitude of spelling variations. Changes in Anglo-Saxon names were influenced by the evolution of the English language, as it incorporated elements of French, Latin, and other languages. Although Medieval scribes and church officials recorded names as they sounded, so it is common to find one person referred to by several different spellings of his surname, even the most literate people varied the spelling of their own names. Variations of the name Tate 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 Nottingham from William Palmer in the year 1392.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Tate research. Another 71 words(5 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.

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Another 91 words(6 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Tate Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Some of the Tate family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 107 words(8 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Searching for a better life, many English families migrated to British colonies. Unfortunately, the majority of them traveled under extremely harsh conditions: overcrowding on the ships caused the majority of the immigrants to arrive diseased, famished, and destitute from the long journey across the ocean. For those families that arrived safely, modest prosperity was attainable, and many went on to make invaluable contributions to the development of the cultures of the new colonies. Research into the origins of individual families in North America revealed records of the immigration of a number of people bearing the name Tate or a variant listed above:

Tate Settlers in 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 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 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


Tate Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century


  • Rosa Tate, who landed in Nova Scotia in 1750

Tate Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century


  • John Tate arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Eliza" in 1840
  • Ann Tate arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Eliza" in 1840

  • George Tate, aged 28, arrived in New Plymouth aboard the ship "Phoebe Dunbar" in 1841850
  • Elizabeth Tate, aged 24, arrived in New Plymouth aboard the ship "Phoebe Dunbar" in 1841850

Tate Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century


  • Mary Jane Tate arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Telegraph" in 1863
  • John Tate arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Telegraph" in 1863
  • James Tate arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Endymion" in 1873
  • Mary S. Tate arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Endymion" in 1873
  • Andrew Tate arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Endymion" in 1873


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  • 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
  • Sir Henry Tate (1819-1899), English sugar merchant, noted for establishing the Tate Gallery in London, in 1897
  • Nick Tate (b. 1942), Australian film and television actor


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  • 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.
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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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