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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.

Early Origins of the Tallent family


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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Early History of the Tallent family

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Early History of the Tallent family


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 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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Early Notables of the Tallent family (pre 1700)

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Early Notables of the Tallent family (pre 1700)


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Migration of the Tallent family to Ireland

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Migration of the Tallent family to Ireland


Some of the Tallent family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
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Migration of the Tallent family to the New World and Oceana

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Migration of the Tallent family to the New World and Oceana


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

Tallent Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century

  • Mary Tallent, who 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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