in southwestern England
provides the original birthplace of the surname Tallant. As populations grew, people began to assume an extra name to avoid confusion and to further identify themselves. Unlike most Celtic peoples, who favored patronymic
names, the Cornish predominantly used local
surnames. This was due to the heavy political and cultural influence of the English upon the Cornish People
at the time that surnames first came into use. Local
surnames were derived from where a person lived, held land, or was born. While many Cornish surnames of this sort 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 derived from lost or unrecorded place names. The name Tallant history began in the parish of Talland
in the county of Cornwall.
Early Origins of the Tallant family
The surname Tallant 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 Tallant family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Tallant 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 Tallant History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Tallant 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 Tallant family (pre 1700)
Another 45 words (3 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Tallant Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Tallant family to Ireland
Some of the Tallant 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 Tallant family to the New World and Oceana
A search of the immigration and passenger lists has shown a number of people bearing the name Tallant:
Tallant Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
- Hugh Tallant, who landed in New England in 1731 CITATION[CLOSE]
Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
Tallant Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
- Hugh Tallant, aged 34, who landed in America, in 1897
Tallant Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
- Edward Tallant, who landed in America, in 1903
- Ada Tallant, aged 9, who settled in America from London, England, in 1904
- George P. Tallant, aged 37, who emigrated to America, in 1906
- Arivcan Tallant, aged 26, who emigrated to the United States from Liverpool, England, in 1912
Tallant Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century
- Bridget Tallant, who arrived in Nova Scotia in 1832
Contemporary Notables of the name Tallant (post 1700)
- Ryan Tallant, American art department director, best known for his work on A Serious Man(2009), Young Adult (2011) and The Experiment (2010)
- Shane Tallant, American Emmy Award winning host and actor, best known for his role on HGTV's "Designed to Sell"
- Kristy Tallant, American actress, best known for her role on Planet X: The Frozen Moon (2011)