The Strathclyde-Briton people of ancient Scotland
were the first to use the name Tennon. 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.
Early Origins of the Tennon family
The surname Tennon 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 Tennon family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Tennon research.Another 215 words (15 lines of text) covering the years 1296, 1320, 1339, 1366, 1644, and 1649 are included under the topic Early Tennon History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Tennon Spelling Variations
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. Tennon has been spelled Tennant, tenant
, Tennand, Tennan, Tenman, Tennend, Tennent, Tenand and many more.
Early Notables of the Tennon family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Tennon family to Ireland
Some of the Tennon 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 Tennon family to the New World and Oceana
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: 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.
The Tennon 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.