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Today's generation of the Tack family bears a name that was brought to England by the wave of emigration that was started by the Norman Conquest of 1066. It comes from the ancient Norman given name Tancred.


The surname Tack was first found in Cambridgeshire where they held a family seat anciently, and historians claim that the family probably sprang from Tancred, a Norman Baron, who lived in 912 A.D, and share a common ancestry with the Tankervilles and Tancreds.

Spelling variations in names were a common occurrence in the eras before English spelling was standardized a few hundred years ago. In the Middle Ages, even the literate regularly changed the spellings of their names as the English language incorporated elements of French, Latin, and other European languages. Many variations of the name Tack have been found, including Thackary, Thackery, Thackwray and others.


This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Tack research. Another 183 words (13 lines of text) covering the years 1811 and 1863 are included under the topic Early Tack History in all our PDF Extended History products.


More information is included under the topic Early Tack Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.


For many English families, the social climate in England was oppressive and lacked opportunity for change. For such families, the shores of Ireland, Australia, and the New World beckoned. They left their homeland at great expense in ships that were overcrowded and full of disease. Many arrived after the long voyage sick, starving, and without a penny. But even those were greeted with greater opportunity than they could have experienced back home. Numerous English settlers who arrived in the United States and Canada at this time went on to make important contributions to the developing cultures of those countries. Many of those families went on to make significant contributions to the rapidly developing colonies in which they settled. Early North American records indicate many people bearing the name Tack were among those contributors:

Tack Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • Aert Pieters Tack, who landed in New Netherland(s) in 1652
  • Evert Tack, who landed in New York in 1664

Tack Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Dennis Tack, who arrived in Virginia in 1714
  • Johann Cristophher Tack, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1793


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: Nobilitas sol virtus
Motto Translation: Virtue is the sole nobility.


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The Tack Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Tack 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.

This page was last modified on 16 January 2014 at 14:16.

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