The Atlantic Ocean to the north and west and the English Channel to the south borders Cornwall
, the homeland to the Tailant family name. Even though the usage of surnames was common during the Middle Ages, all English people were known only by a single name in early times. The manner in which hereditary surnames
arose is interesting. Local
surnames are derived from where the original bearer lived, was born, or held land. The Tailant family originally lived in the parish of Talland
in the county of Cornwall.
Early Origins of the Tailant family
The surname Tailant was first found in Cornwall
where they held a family seat
from very ancient times, before and after the Norman Conquest
Early History of the Tailant family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Tailant research.Another 75 words (5 lines of text) covering the years 1150, 1160, 1180, 1642, 1619, 1708, 1685 and 1663 are included under the topic Early Tailant History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Tailant Spelling Variations
Cornish surnames are characterized by a multitude of spelling variations
. The frequent changes in surnames are due to the fact that the Old and Middle English languages lacked definite spelling rules. The official court languages, which were Latin and French, were also influential on the spelling of a surname. Since the spelling of surnames was rarely consistent in medieval times, and scribes and church officials recorded names as they sounded rather than adhering to any specific spelling rules, it was common to find the same individual referred to with different spellings of their surname in the ancient chronicles. Moreover, a large number of foreign names were brought into England
, which accelerated and accentuated the alterations to the spelling of various surnames. Lastly, spelling variations
often resulted from the linguistic differences between the people of Cornwall
and the rest of England
. The Cornish spoke a unique Brythonic Celtic
language which was first recorded in written documents during the 10th century. However, they became increasingly Anglicized, and Cornish became extinct as a spoken language in 1777, although it has been revived by Cornish patriots in the modern era. The name has been spelled Tallent, Talent, Tallen, Tallon, Tallant, Talant and others.
Early Notables of the Tailant family (pre 1700)
Another 45 words (3 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Tailant Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Tailant family to Ireland
Some of the Tailant family moved to Ireland
, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.Another 103 words (7 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 Tailant family to the New World and Oceana
The records on immigrants and ships' passengers show a number of people bearing the name Tailant: Richard Tallent, who sailed to Barbados in 1697; Elizabeth Talant sailed to Nova Scotia in 1839; Mary Tallent sailed to Nova Scotia in 1843; Mrs. Tallent settled with Bessie in San Francisco in 1852.