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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.

Tallent Early Origins



The surname Tallent 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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Tallent Spelling Variations


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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.

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Tallent Early History


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Tallent Early History



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

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Tallent Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Tallent Early Notables (pre 1700)



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

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Tallent In Ireland


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Tallent In Ireland



Some of the Tallent 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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The Great Migration


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The Great Migration



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

Tallent Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • Richard Tallent, who sailed to Barbados in 1697

Tallent Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Mrs. Tallent settled in Bessie, San Francisco in 1852
  • J. N. W. Tallent arrived in San Francisco in 1853

Tallent Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century

  • Mary Tallent sailed to Nova Scotia in 1843
  • Mary Tallent, who landed in Nova Scotia in 1843

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Contemporary Notables of the name Tallent (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Tallent (post 1700)



  • 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
  • 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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Citations


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Citations



    Other References

    1. Humble, Richard. The Fall of Saxon England. New York: Barnes and Noble, 1975. Print. (ISBN 0-88029-987-8).
    2. Crispin, M. Jackson and Leonce Mary. Falaise Roll Recording Prominent Companions of William Duke of Normandy at the Conquest of England. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
    3. Hanks, Hodges, Mills and Room. The Oxford Names Companion. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2002. Print. (ISBN 0-19-860561-7).
    4. Innes, Thomas and Learney. The Tartans of the Clans and Families of Scotland 1st Edition. Edinburgh: W & A. K. Johnston Limited, 1938. Print.
    5. Foster, Joseph. Dictionary of Heraldry Feudal Coats of Arms and Pedigrees. London: Bracken Books, 1989. Print. (ISBN 1-85170-309-8).
    6. Matthews, John. Matthews' American Armoury and Blue Book. London: John Matthews, 1911. Print.
    7. Burke, Sir Bernard. Genealogical and Heraldic History of the Peerage and Baronetage, The Privy Council, Knightage and Compainonage. London: Burke Publishing, 1921. Print.
    8. Bowman, George Ernest. The Mayflower Reader A Selection of Articales from The Mayflower Descendent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
    9. Zieber, Eugene. Heraldry in America. Philadelphia: Genealogical Publishing Co. Print.
    10. Dunkling, Leslie. Dictionary of Surnames. Toronto: Collins, 1998. Print. (ISBN 0004720598).
    11. ...

    The Tallent Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Tallent 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 13 February 2015 at 11:45.

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