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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.
The surname Tennant 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.
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.
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
- Christopher Tennant, who landed in Virginia in 1635
- Christopher Tennant, who settled in Virginia in 1635
Tennant Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
- James Tennant, who arrived in Virginia in 1708
- David, Judith and Rebecca Tennant, who all arrived in Charlestown, South Carolina in 1766
- William Tennant, who arrived in Philadelphia in 1776
Tennant Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
- John Tennant, who landed in Delaware in 1800
- Robert Tennant, who arrived in Charleston, South Carolina in 1810
- William Tennant, who arrived in New York in 1810
Tennant Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
- David Tennant, aged 26, who landed in America from Rutherglen, in 1903
- Arthur Tennant, aged 4, who settled in America from Scotland, in 1909
- Amy Tennant, aged 23, who landed in America from Cambnstang, Scotland, in 1910
- Annie Tennant, aged 38, who landed in America from Glasgow, Scotland, in 1912
- Alexander Tennant, aged 24, who emigrated to the United States from Edinburgh, Scotland, in 1912
Tennant Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century
- James Tennant arrived in Saint John aboard the ship "Protector" in 1834
Tennant Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
- John Tennant arrived in Port Misery aboard the ship "Duchess of Northumberland" in 1839
- Jessie Tennant arrived in Port Misery aboard the ship "Duchess of Northumberland" in 1839
- Margaret Tennant arrived in Port Misery aboard the ship "Duchess of Northumberland" in 1839
- Elizabeth Tennant arrived in Port Misery aboard the ship "Duchess of Northumberland" in 1839
- Andrew Tennant arrived in Port Misery aboard the ship "Duchess of Northumberland" in 1839
Tennant Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
- E. G. Tennant arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "City of Auckland" in 1870
- Donald G Tennant (1922-2001), American advertising executive, who invented "Tony the Tiger" and the "Marlboro Man"
- William Tennant (1784-1848), Scottish poet
- Charles Tennant (1768-1838), Scottish businessman, industrialist and Liberal politician
- Mr. Ronald George Tennant (1914-1941), Australian Engine Room Artificer 3rd Class from Auburn, New South Wales, Australia, who sailed into battle aboard HMAS Sydney II on the 19th November 1941 and died during the sinking
- John Tennant, Australian bushranger in the 1920s
- Andrew Tennant (1835-1913), Scottish-born Australian pastoralist, businessman and politician
- Victoria Tennant (b. 1950), English film and television actress
- Edward Wyndham Tennant (1897-1916), English war poet
- Veronica Tennant CC, FRSC (b. 1946), English-born, Canadian prima ballerina
- Edward Priaulx Tennant (1859-1920), English noble, made 1st Baron Glenconner in 1911
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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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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