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The vast movement of people that followed the Norman Conquest of England in 1066 brought the Tank family name to the British Isles. Tank comes from the ancient Norman given name Tancred.

Tank Early Origins



The surname Tank was first found in Yorkshire where they held a family seat as Lords of the manor of Boroughbridge in that shire. They were descended from Tancred, son of the Good Marqis, who governed the principality of Antioch as Guardian of the Emperor Bohemond II. Tancred, whose barony was in Normandy in 912 A.D. was also the sire of the celebrated Tankervilles. Whixley in the West Riding of Yorkshire was home to one branch of the family. "The living [of Whixley] is a perpetual curacy, valued in the king's books at 7. 17. 1.; net income, 68; patrons and impropriators, the Governors of the Tancred charities. Christopher Tancred, Esq., whose family were long seated at the Hall, at his death in 1754, left his house to be converted into an hospital for twelve decayed gentlemen, and endowed it with estates which, in 1815, were let for 2480 per annum." [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.

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Tank Spelling Variations


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Tank Spelling Variations



Endless spelling variations are a prevailing characteristic of Norman surnames. Old and Middle English lacked any definite spelling rules, and the introduction of Norman French added an unfamiliar ingredient to the English linguistic stew. French and Latin, the languages of the court, also influenced spellings. Finally, Medieval scribes generally spelled words according to how they sounded, so one person was often referred to by different spellings in different documents. The name has been spelled Tancred, Tancard, Tancert, Tancrette, Tankard and many more.

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Tank Early History


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Tank Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Tank research. Another 175 words (12 lines of text) covering the years 1187, 1663, 1703, 1665, 1744 and 1759 are included under the topic Early Tank History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Tank Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Tank Early Notables (pre 1700)



Another 46 words (3 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Tank Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Tank In Ireland


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Tank In Ireland



Some of the Tank family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 35 words (2 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



To escape the political and religious persecution within England at the time, many English families left for the various British colonies abroad. The voyage was extremely difficult, though, and the cramped, dank ships caused many to arrive in the New World diseased and starving. But for those who made it, the trip was most often worth it. Many of the families who arrived went on to make valuable contributions to the emerging nations of Canada and the United States. An inquiry into the early roots of North American families reveals a number of immigrants bearing the name Tank or a variant listed above:

Tank Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Joh Dorothea Luise Tank, who landed in America in 1843
  • Henre Tank, who arrived in Iowa in 1887

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Contemporary Notables of the name Tank (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Tank (post 1700)



  • Walter Tank (b. 1897), American politician who served in the Wisconsin State Assembly in 1943
  • Carl F. Tank, American politician, Member of South Dakota State Senate 5th District, 1923-24
  • Manisha Tank, British television news presenter, presenting CNN Newsroom
  • Kurt Waldemar Tank (1898-1983), German aeronautical engineer and test pilot, responsible for the Fw 190 fighter aircraft, the Ta 152 fighter-interceptor and the Fw 200 Condor airliner

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Citations


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Citations



  1. ^ Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.

Other References

  1. Sanders, Joanne McRee Edition. English Settlers in Barbados 1637-1800. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  2. Hinde, Thomas Ed. The Domesday Book England's Heritage Then and Now. Surrey: Colour Library Books, 1995. Print. (ISBN 1-85833-440-3).
  3. Humble, Richard. The Fall of Saxon England. New York: Barnes and Noble, 1975. Print. (ISBN 0-88029-987-8).
  4. Hanks, Hodges, Mills and Room. The Oxford Names Companion. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2002. Print. (ISBN 0-19-860561-7).
  5. Burke, Sir Bernard. Burke's Genealogical and Heraldic History of the Landed Gentry: Including American Families with British Ancestry. (2 Volumes). London: Burke Publishing, 1939. Print.
  6. Magnusson, Magnus. Chambers Biographical Dictionary 5th edition. Edinburgh: W & R Chambers, 1990. Print.
  7. Skordas, Guest. Ed. The Early Settlers of Maryland an Index to Names or Immigrants Complied from Records of Land Patents 1633-1680 in the Hall of Records Annapolis, Maryland. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1968. Print.
  8. Bullock, L.G. Historical Map of England and Wales. Edinburgh: Bartholomew and Son, 1971. Print.
  9. Matthews, John. Matthews' American Armoury and Blue Book. London: John Matthews, 1911. Print.
  10. Ingram, Rev. James. Translator Anglo-Saxon Chronicle 1823. Print.
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The Tank Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Tank 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.

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