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Tanne History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms



The ancestral home of the Tanne family is Bavaria. Tanne is a local name for a person who lived in or near a forest. This name was originally derived from the German word tan, which means forest.

Early Origins of the Tanne family


The surname Tanne was first found in Franconia, where the name came from humble beginnings but gained a significant reputation for its contribution to the emerging mediaeval society. It later became more prominent as many branches of the same house acquired distant estates and branches, some in foreign countries, always elevating their social status by their great contributions to society.

Early History of the Tanne family


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Tanne Spelling Variations


Many cultural groups lived in the German states in medieval times. Each had its own dialect and traditions, and unique variations of popular names. Low German, which is similar to contemporary Dutch, was spoken in Westphalia. German names are characterized by additions such as regional suffixes and phrases that tell something about the origin or background of its original bearer. Further contributing to the variation in German names was the fact that there were no spelling rules in medieval times: scribes recorded names according to their sound. The recorded spelling variations of Tanne include Tann, Tan, Tanner, Taner, Tanns, Tans, Tanne and many more.

Early Notables of the Tanne family (pre 1700)


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Migration of the Tanne family to the New World and Oceana


Between the mid-17th and mid-20th centuries, German settlers arrived in North America by the thousands. Persecution based on religion and poverty were great motivators in this large-scale migration. So too was the opportunity for tenant farmers to own their own land. Ample land and opportunity awaited the settlers who went to such states as Pennsylvania, Texas, New York, Illinois, and California, as well as Ontario and the prairie provinces of Canada. Research into the origins of individual families in North America revealed records of the immigration of a number of people bearing the name Tanne or a variant listed above: Sylvester Tann, who came to Philadelphia in 1856.

Contemporary Notables of the name Tanne (post 1700)


  • Richard Tanne (b. 1985), American writer and actor, known for Worst Friends (2014), Boxed In (2011) and Southside with You (2016)

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