Tannock History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Early Origins of the Tannock family

The surname Tannock was first found in Northumberland where the first record of the family was listed as John filius Tunnoc in 1106 in Hodgson's History of Northumberland. The family "remains as Tunnock in that district still." [1] Hodgson's History of Northumberland also lists William filius Tunnok as residing there in 1250.

Further to the north in the same era, "William Tunnoc witnessed a charter by William de Horuirden to the Abbey of Kelso between 1160-1200, and c. 1237 Adam Tunnoc witnessed a charter of resignation of land in Kelso. " [2]

Other early records of the family include: Gilbertus filius Tunny listed in 1219 in the Assize Rolls of Yorkshire; Simon Tunnie, listed in 1327 in the Assize Rolls of Staffordshire; and an Alan filius Tunnoc listed in the 12th century in the Feodarium Prioratus Dunelmensis. [3]

Early History of the Tannock family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Tannock research. Another 200 words (14 lines of text) covering the years 1160, 1400, 1414, 1421, 1663, 1600 and 1603 are included under the topic Early Tannock History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Tannock Spelling Variations

Spelling variations of this family name include: Tunock, Tunnoch, Tunno, Tunna, Tunnock, Tunnoc and many more.

Early Notables of the Tannock family (pre 1700)

More information is included under the topic Early Tannock Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.


United States Tannock migration to the United States +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Tannock Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Quindon Tannock, aged 26, who immigrated to the United States, in 1892
  • John Tannock, aged 31, who immigrated to the United States from Uddington, in 1894
  • Thomas W. Tannock, aged 24, who landed in America, in 1896
Tannock Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
  • Margaret Tannock, aged 36, who landed in America from Irvine, Scotland, in 1909
  • Margaret Tannock, aged 49, who immigrated to America from Irvine, Scotland, in 1910
  • Nellie C. Tannock, aged 36, who landed in America from Irvine, Scotland, in 1914
  • Alan C. Tannock, aged 16, who landed in America from Twickenham, England, in 1920
  • Arch. Findlay Tannock, aged 23, who settled in America from Ayr, Scotland, in 1920
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

New Zealand Tannock 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:

Tannock Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • Mr. James Tannock, Scottish settler travelling from Clyde aboard the ship "Sir William Eyre" arriving in Bluff, Southland, South Island, New Zealand in April 1863 [4]
  • Mrs. Mary Tannock, Scottish settler travelling from Clyde aboard the ship "Sir William Eyre" arriving in Bluff, Southland, South Island, New Zealand in April 1863 [4]
  • Mr. William Tannock, Scottish settler travelling from Clyde aboard the ship "Sir William Eyre" arriving in Bluff, Southland, South Island, New Zealand in April 1863 [4]
  • Mrs. Margaret Tannock, Scottish settler travelling from Clyde aboard the ship "Sir William Eyre" arriving in Bluff, Southland, South Island, New Zealand in April 1863 [4]

Contemporary Notables of the name Tannock (post 1700) +

  • James Tannock (1784-1863), Scottish portrait-painter, born at Kilmarnock, the son of a shoemaker
  • David Tannock (1873-1952), Scottish-born, New Zealand horticulturist and landscape architect from Tarbolton, Ayrshire
  • Ross Tannock (b. 1971), retired Scottish footballer
  • Dr Timothy Charles Ayrton Tannock, British politician and psychiatrist, Member of the European Parliament for London


  1. ^ Bardsley, C.W, A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6)
  2. ^ 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)
  3. ^ Reaney, P.H and R.M. Wilson, A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X)
  4. ^ New Zealand Yesteryears Passenger Lists 1800 to 1900 (Retrieved 26th March 2019). Retrieved from http://www.yesteryears.co.nz/shipping/passlist.html


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