Tallmadge History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms
The earliest origins of the family name Tallmadge date back to the Anglo-Saxon culture of Britain. It was a name given to a person who habitually wore a knapsack or other type of pack carried on the back. The surname Tallmadge is derived from the Old French word talemache, which means knapsack. Nickname surnames often referred to the bearer's favored style of clothing.
Alternatively, this Norman name could have literally meant "totting of the bell." 
Early Origins of the Tallmadge family
The surname Tallmadge was first found in Suffolk where, according to Doctor Bosworth, they were amongst the first Angles that settled in Suffolk. On their manor house at Bentley, near Ipswich there was the following inscription "Before the Normans into England came, Bentley was my seat, and Tollemache was my name."  
Early History of the Tallmadge family
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Tallmadge Spelling Variations
Before English spelling was standardized a few hundred years ago, spelling variations of names were a common occurrence. Elements of Latin, French and other languages became incorporated into English through the Middle Ages, and name spellings changed even among the literate. The variations of the surname Tallmadge include Talmach, Talmage, Talmash, Tammadge, Tammage, Tallemach, Tollemache, Tolmage and many more.
Early Notables of the Tallmadge family (pre 1700)
Distinguished members of the family include Sir Lionel Tollemache (1624-1669), 3rd Baronet of Helmingham was the head of a powerful East Anglian family whose seat was...
A great wave of immigration to the New World was the result of the enormous political and religious disarray that struck England at that time. Families left for the New World in extremely large numbers. The long journey was the end of many immigrants and many more arrived sick and starving. Still, those who made it were rewarded with an opportunity far greater than they had known at home in England. These emigrant families went on to make significant contributions to these emerging colonies in which they settled. Some of the first North American settlers carried this name or one of its variants:
Tallmadge Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
Tallmadge Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
The motto was originally a war cry or slogan. Mottoes first began to be shown with arms in the 14th and 15th centuries, but were not in general use until the 17th century. Thus the oldest coats of arms generally do not include a motto. Mottoes seldom form part of the grant of arms: Under most heraldic authorities, a motto is an optional component of the coat of arms, and can be added to or changed at will; many families have chosen not to display a motto.
Motto: Confido conquiesco
Motto Translation: I trust and am contented.