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 Tannett.
Early Origins of the Tannett family
The surname Tannett 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 Tannett family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Tannett research.Another 201 words (14 lines of text) covering the years 115 and 1150 are included under the topic Early Tannett History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Tannett Spelling Variations
have an extremely large amount of spelling variations
of their native surnames to their credit. It was up to the priest or the scribe taking the official records to determine how the spoken name was to be made literal. As time progressed, the old Brythonic names of Wales
were recorded in English, which was especially problematic since the English language had extreme difficulty recording the highly inflected sounds of Cymraeg. Spelling variations
were, however, also carried out according to an individual's design: a branch loyalty within the family, a religious adherence, or even patriotic affiliations could be indicated by spelling variations of one's name. The spelling variations of the name Tannett have included Tanat, Tannat, Tanet, Tanett, Tanatt, Tannatt and many more.
Early Notables of the Tannett family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Tannett family to the New World and Oceana
During the latter half of the 19th and the beginning of the 20th century, the people of Wales
journeyed to North America to find a new life. They made major contributions to the arts, industry and commerce of both Canada and the United States, and added a rich cultural heritage to their newly adopted societies. A look at the immigration and passenger lists has shown a number of people bearing the name Tannett: Robert Tanett who landed in North America in 1774.