This Brythonic Celtic
surname comes from the personal name
Danet. This name is formed through the addition of the diminutive prefix -et to Dan, which is a pet form of the personal name Daniel. The initial D of the name was often sharpened to T, giving rise to the surname Tanat.
Early Origins of the Tanat family
The surname Tanat was first found in Shropshire
, where they held a family seat
as Lords of the Manor of Abertanat. This Welsh
English border family claim direct descent from the great Einion Efell, Lord of Cynllathe in Denbighland, North Wales
. Abertanat was a territory in Powys
Fadog which was previously ruled by Owen Brongyntyn. Today, Afon Tanat (River Tanat) is a river in northern Powys
, Wales. The Tanat Valley Light Railway (TVLR) was a 15-mile (24 km) long standard gauge light railway connecting Llangynog with Blodwel in Wales
that was opened in 1903 and closed in January 1964.
Early History of the Tanat family
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Tanat Spelling Variations
Although there are not an extremely large number Welsh
surnames, there are an inordinately large number of spelling variations
of those surnames. This variety of spellings began almost immediately after the acceptance of surnames within Welsh
society. As time progressed, these old Brythonic names were eventually were recorded in English. This process was problematic in that many of the highly inflected sounds of the native language of Wales
could not be properly captured in English. Some families, however, did decide to modify their own names to indicate a branch loyalty within the family, a religious adherence, or even a patriotic affiliation. The name Tanat has seen various spelling variations: Tanat, Tannat, Tanet, Tanett, Tanatt, Tannatt and many more.
Early Notables of the Tanat family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Tanat family to the New World and Oceana
In the late 19th and early 20th centuries, many people from Wales
joined the general migration to North America in search of land, work, and freedom. These immigrants greatly contributed to the rapid development of the new nations of Canada and the United States. They also added a rich and lasting cultural heritage to their newly adopted societies. Investigation of immigration and passenger lists has revealed a number of people bearing the name Tanat: Robert Tanett who landed in North America in 1774.