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Tenen History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms



The ancient Scottish name Tenen was first used by someone who worked as a tenant farmer. The name was applied to those who paid for the rent on their land through working the fields and donating a percentage of the take to the landlord.

Early Origins of the Tenen family


The surname Tenen was first found in Linlithgowshire (Gaelic: Lodainn an Iar), former county in south-central Scotland, now the Council Area West Lothian, where they held a family seat at Crestone or Creston from about the year 1150 A.D.

Early History of the Tenen family


This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Tenen research.
Another 215 words (15 lines of text) covering the years 1296, 1320, 1339, 1366, 1644, and 1649 are included under the topic Early Tenen History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Tenen Spelling Variations


In the era before dictionaries, there were no rules governing the spelling or translation of names or any other words. Consequently, there are an enormous number of spelling variations in Medieval Scottish names. Tenen has appeared as Tennant, tenant, Tennand, Tennan, Tenman, Tennend, Tennent, Tenand and many more.

Early Notables of the Tenen family (pre 1700)


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Migration of the Tenen family to Ireland


Some of the Tenen family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
Another 227 words (16 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Migration of the Tenen family to the New World and Oceana


The freedom, opportunity, and land of the North American colonies beckoned. There, Scots found a place where they were generally free from persecution and where they could go on to become important players in the birth of new nations. Some fought in the American War of Independence, while others went north to Canada as United Empire Loyalists. The ancestors of all of these Scottish settlers have been able to recover their lost national heritage in the last century through highland games and Clan societies in North America. Among them: Christopher Tennant, who settled in Virginia in 1635; David, Judith and Rebecca Tennant, who all arrived in Charlestown, S.C in 1766; Robert Tenman, who came to Virginia in 1635.

Contemporary Notables of the name Tenen (post 1700)


  • Tenen Holtz (1877-1971), Russian actor

The Tenen Motto


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: Plena Dabit Deus Vela
Motto Translation: God will fill our sails.


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