Show ContentsTallent History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The Tallent history begins in Cornwall, a rugged coastal region in southwestern England. Quite distinct from Devon, the adjoining county, Cornwall had its own spoken language until the late 18th century. The Tallent history began here. The manner in which hereditary surnames arose is interesting. Local surnames were derived from where the original bearer lived, was born, or held land. Unlike most Celtic peoples, who favored patronymic names, the Cornish predominantly used local surnames. The Tallent family originally lived in the parish of Talland in the county of Cornwall. 1 2

Early Origins of the Tallent family

The surname Tallent was first found in East Cornwall at Talland, a parish, in the union of Liskeard, hundred of West. 3

Early History of the Tallent family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Tallent research. Another 39 words (3 lines of text) covering the years 1150, 1160, 1180, 1619, 1642, 1663, 1685 and 1708 are included under the topic Early Tallent History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Tallent 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 Tallent family

Notable amongst the family at this time was

  • Francis Tallents (1619-1708), non-conforming English Presbyterian clergyman from North Wingfield, Derbyshire, who was under suspicion after Monmouth's rebellion in 1685, having to lodge in Chester Cas...
  • He was the "eldest son of Philip Tallents, whose father, a Frenchman, accompanied Sir Francis Leake to England after saving his life...

Tallent Ranking

In the United States, the name Tallent is the 4,617th most popular surname with an estimated 7,461 people with that name. 4

Ireland Migration of the Tallent family to Ireland

Some of the Tallent family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
Another 57 words (4 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

United States Tallent migration to the United States +

Discovered in the immigration and passenger lists were a number of people bearing the name Tallent:

Tallent Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • John Tallent, aged 19, British settler who arrived in New York aboard the ship "Louisa of New York" in 1834 5
  • Rose Tallent, aged 25, Irish settler who arrived in New York aboard the ship "Kargue Marenzo" in 1833 5
  • Catherine Tallent, aged 6, Irish settler who arrived in New York aboard the ship "Kargue Marenzo" in 1833 5
  • Thomas Tallent, aged 30, Irish settler who arrived in New York aboard the ship "Kargue Marenzo" in 1833 5
  • Mary Ann Tallent, aged 4, Irish settler who arrived in New York aboard the ship "Kargue Marenzo" in 1833 5
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Canada Tallent migration to Canada +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Tallent Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century
  • Mary Tallent, who landed in Nova Scotia in 1843

Australia Tallent migration to Australia +

Emigration to Australia followed the First Fleets of convicts, tradespeople and early settlers. Early immigrants include:

Tallent Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • Mr. Alfred Tallent, Sr., English convict who was convicted in Ipswich, Suffolk, England for 7 years, transported aboard the "China" on 185th January 1846, arriving in Norfolk Island, Australia 6
Tallent Settlers in Australia in the 20th Century
  • Mr. L. Tallent, settler from London who arrived in Fremantle, Australia aboard the ship "Ormuz" in 1907 7
  • Miss A. E. Tallent, settler from London who arrived in Melbourne, Australia aboard the ship "Orcades" in 1949 7
  • Miss E. Tallent, settler from London who arrived in Melbourne, Australia aboard the ship "Orcades" in 1949 7

West Indies Tallent migration to West Indies +

The British first settled the British West Indies around 1604. They made many attempts but failed in some to establish settlements on the Islands including Saint Lucia and Grenada. By 1627 they had managed to establish settlements on St. Kitts (St. Christopher) and Barbados, but by 1641 the Spanish had moved in and destroyed some of these including those at Providence Island. The British continued to expand the settlements including setting the First Federation in the British West Indies by 1674; some of the islands include Barbados, Bermuda, Cayman Island, Turks and Caicos, Jamaica and Belize then known as British Honduras. By the 1960's many of the islands became independent after the West Indies Federation which existed from 1958 to 1962 failed due to internal political conflicts. After this a number of Eastern Caribbean islands formed a free association. 8
Tallent Settlers in West Indies in the 17th Century
  • Richard Tallent, who sailed to Barbados in 1697

Contemporary Notables of the name Tallent (post 1700) +

  • Sam Bayard Tallent (b. 1987), American stand-up comedian, author, and podcaster, host of the Chubby Behemoth Podcast
  • Elizabeth Tallent (b. 1954), American fiction writer, best known for her short stories
  • Garry Wayne Tallent (b. 1949), American musician and record producer, best known for being the bass player for Bruce Springsteen's E Street Band
  • Rachel Tallent (b. 1993), Australian racewalker who competed in the Women's 20 kilometres walk event at the 2015 World Championships and later at the 2016 Olympics, sister of Olympic Champion Jared Tallent who was previously her coach
  • Claire Tallent (b. 1981), Australian Olympic racewalker
  • Jared Tallent (b. 1984), Australian gold, two-time silver and five-time bronze medalist race walker from Ballarat, Australia

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  5. Ellis Island Search retrieved 21st October 2021. Retrieved from
  6. Convict Records of Australia. Retrieved 5th February 2021 from
  7. National Archives of Australia retrieved 15th November 2022. Retrieved from
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