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Cornwall, one of the original six "Celtic nations" is the homeland to the surname Tailent. A revival of the Cornish language which began in the 9th century AD has begun. No doubt this was the language spoken by distant forebears of the Tailent family. Though surnames became common during medieval times, English people were formerly known only by a single name. The way in which hereditary surnames were adopted in medieval England is fascinating. Many Cornish surnames appear to be topographic surnames, which were given to people who resided near physical features such as hills, streams, churches, or types of trees, many are actually habitation surnames. The name Tailent is a local type of surname and the Tailent family lived in the parish of Talland in the county of Cornwall.

Early Origins of the Tailent family


The surname Tailent was first found in Cornwall where they held a family seat from very ancient times, before and after the Norman Conquest in 1066.

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Early History of the Tailent family

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Early History of the Tailent family


This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Tailent 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 Tailent History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Tailent Spelling Variations

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Tailent 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.

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Early Notables of the Tailent family (pre 1700)

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Early Notables of the Tailent family (pre 1700)


Another 45 words (3 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Tailent Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Migration of the Tailent family to Ireland

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Migration of the Tailent family to Ireland


Some of the Tailent 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.

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Migration of the Tailent family to the New World and Oceana

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Migration of the Tailent family to the New World and Oceana


Amongst the settlers in North America with this distinguished name Tailent were 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.

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