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Where did the Scottish Tennant family come from? What is the Scottish Tennant family crest and coat of arms? When did the Tennant family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Tennant family history?The Strathclyde-Briton people of ancient Scotland were the first to use the name Tennant. It is a name for someone who works 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.
Before the printing press standardized spelling in the last few hundred years, no general rules existed in the English language. Spelling variations in Scottish names from the Middle Ages are common even within a single document. Tennant has been spelled Tennant, tenant, Tennand, Tennan, Tenman, Tennend, Tennent, Tenand and many more.
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.
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Tennant research. Another 215 words(15 lines of text) covering the years 1296, 1320, 1339, 1366, 1644, and 1649 are included under the topic Early Tennant History in all our PDF Extended History products.
More information is included under the topic Early Tennant Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.
Some of the Tennant 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.
For Scottish immigrants, the great expense of travel to North America did not seem such a problem in those unstable times. Acres of land awaited them and many got the chance to fight for their freedom in the American War of Independence. These Scots and their ancestors went on to play important roles in the forging of the great nations of the United States and Canada. Among them:
Tennant Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
Tennant Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
Tennant Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
Tennant Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
Tennant Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century
Tennant Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
Tennant Settlers in New Zealand 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: Plena Dabit Deus Vela
Motto Translation: God will fill our sails.
The Tennant Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Tennant 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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