Tandy History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The name Tandy comes from the ancient Anglo-Saxon culture of Britain. It was a name for a male, where it was originally used as a pet form of Andrew. [1] Essentially the surname Tandy originally derived from the Old Scottish name Andrew.

Early Origins of the Tandy family

The surname Tandy was first found in Surrey in the parish of Leigh, where the Dendy family held estates and made sizable donations to the local church. [2] The first record of the family was Dandi (without surname) who was listed in Lincolnshire in the Hundredorum Rolls of 1271-1273. The same rolls list Richard Dande in Huntingdonshire. Later the Yorkshire Poll Tax Rolls of 1379 listed Willelmus Dandy, et uxor ejus and the Lay Subsidy Rolls of Lancashire listed Thomas Dandisone in 1332. [3] Adam Dandy was listed in the Register of Freeman of Yorkshire in 1312. [1]

The name may also be from Dand, Dandy, familiarly used in Scotland for Andrew. Comparing the Scottish records to the English ones, we can see that the Scottish ones were more recent and in many cases the name appears as a forename, not a surname. "Andrew Kerr, son of the eighth lord of Ferniehurst, who died in 1499, was generally known as 'Dand Kerr.' Dand was common as a Christian name in the south of Scotland in the sixteenth century, and in the list of tenants under the Abbey of Kelso in 1567 we find Dand Howy, Dand Glernet, Dand Lermont, Dand Craige, Dand Stobe, etc." [4]

Early History of the Tandy family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Tandy research. Another 96 words (7 lines of text) covering the years 1613 and 1674 are included under the topic Early Tandy History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Tandy Spelling Variations

Only recently has spelling become standardized in the English language. As the English language evolved in the Middle Ages, the spelling of names changed also. The name Tandy has undergone many spelling variations, including Dandie, Dandy, Dande, Dando and others.

Early Notables of the Tandy family (pre 1700)

Notables of this surname at this time include: Kerr Dand, son of the eighth Lord of Ferniehurst; and Edward Dendy (bap. 1613-1674), English Serjeant-at-Arms in the Long Parliament and for the Rump during the...
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United States Tandy migration to the United States +

To escape the unstable social climate in England of this time, many families boarded ships for the New World with the hope of finding land, opportunity, and greater religious and political freedom. Although the voyages were expensive, crowded, and difficult, those families that arrived often found greater opportunities and freedoms than they could have experienced at home. Many of those families went on to make significant contributions to the rapidly developing colonies in which they settled. Early North American records indicate many people bearing the name Tandy were among those contributors:

Tandy Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • William Tandy, who arrived in Virginia in 1643 [5]
Tandy Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • John Tandy, who arrived in Virginia in 1705 [5]
  • Napper Tandy, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1797 [5]

Australia Tandy migration to Australia +

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

Tandy Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • Caleb Tandy, English convict from Worcester, who was transported aboard the "Asia" on October 22nd, 1824, settling in New South Wales, Australia [6]

New Zealand Tandy migration to New Zealand +

Emigration to New Zealand followed in the footsteps of the European explorers, such as Captain Cook (1769-70): first came sealers, whalers, missionaries, and traders. By 1838, the British New Zealand Company had begun buying land from the Maori tribes, and selling it to settlers, and, after the Treaty of Waitangi in 1840, many British families set out on the arduous six month journey from Britain to Aotearoa to start a new life. Early immigrants include:

Tandy Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • Levi Tandy, who landed in Wellington, New Zealand in 1840
  • William Tandy, who landed in Wellington, New Zealand in 1840
  • Levi Tandy, aged 26, a gardener, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Catherine Stewart Forbes" in 1841
  • Mary Ann Tandy, aged 27, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Catherine Stewart Forbes" in 1841
  • Matilda Tandy, aged 17, a servant, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Catherine Stewart Forbes" in 1841
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Contemporary Notables of the name Tandy (post 1700) +

  • Jessie Alice "Jessica" Tandy (1909-1994), Academy Award, Golden Globe winning English stage and film actress, she appeared in over 100 stage productions and had more than 60 roles in film and television
  • Dave L. Tandy, American co-founder of Hinckley-Tandy Leather Company in 1919, which later became Tandy Corporation, a family-owned leather goods company who owned Radio Shack from 1963-2000
  • Charles David Tandy (1918-1978), American Chairman of the Board, President, and Chief Executive Officer of the Tandy Corporation, son of founder Dave Tandy
  • Meagan Yvonne Tandy (b. 1985), American actress and model
  • Vertner Woodson Tandy (1885-1949), African American architect, one of the seven founders of Alpha Phi Alpha fraternity at Cornell University in 1906
  • Keith Tandy (b. 1989), American NFL football player for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers
  • L. D. Tandy, American politician, Prohibition Candidate for Michigan State House of Representatives from Wayne County 1st District, 1950, 1952 [7]
  • Julie Tandy, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Texas, 2008 [7]
  • David W. Tandy, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Kentucky, 2000, 2004, 2008 ; Candidate in primary for Mayor of Louisville, Kentucky, 2010 [7]
  • Richard Tandy (b. 1948), English keyboard player in the rock band, Electric Light Orchestra ("ELO"), inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame on 7 April 2017
  • ... (Another 7 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

HMS Prince of Wales
  • Mr. D E Tandy, British Able Seaman, who sailed into battle on the HMS Prince of Wales and survived the sinking [8]


  1. ^ Reaney, P.H and R.M. Wilson, A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X)
  2. ^ Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.
  3. ^ Bardsley, C.W, A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6)
  4. ^ Black, George F., The Surnames of Scotland Their Origin, Meaning and History. New York: New York Public Library, 1946. Print. (ISBN 0-87104-172-3)
  5. ^ Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
  6. ^ State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2016, October 27) Asia 1 voyage to Van Diemen's Land, Australia in 1824 with 9 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/asia/1824
  7. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, October 20) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html
  8. ^ HMS Prince of Wales Crew members. (Retrieved 2014, April 9) . Retrieved from http://www.forcez-survivors.org.uk/biographies/listprincecrew.html


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