Show ContentsTans History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

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

Early Origins of the Tans family

The surname Tans 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 Tans family

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Tans 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 Tans include Tann, Tan, Tanner, Taner, Tanns, Tans, Tanne and many more.

Early Notables of the Tans family

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Migration of the Tans family

European migration to North America began in the mid-17th century and continued unabated until the mid-20th. Many Bavarians made the long trip to escape poverty or persecution based on their religious beliefs. The chance for tenant farmers to own their own land was also a major drawing card. They settled all across the United States in Pennsylvania, Texas, New York, Illinois, and California. Many came to Canada also, settling in Ontario and the prairie provinces. Analysis of immigration records has shown some of the first Tanss to arrive in North America, and among them were: Sylvester Tann, who came to Philadelphia in 1856. on Facebook