Tapscott History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Early Origins of the Tapscott family

The surname Tapscott was first found in Essex where they held a family seat as Lords of the Manor. After the Battle of Hastings in 1066, William, Duke of Normandy, having prevailed over King Harold, granted most of Britain to his many victorious Barons. It was not uncommon to find a Baron, or a Bishop, with 60 or more Lordships scattered throughout the country. These he gave to his sons, nephews and other junior lines of his family and they became known as under-tenants. They adopted the Norman system of surnames which identified the under-tenant with his holdings so as to distinguish him from the senior stem of the family. After many rebellious wars between his Barons, Duke William, commissioned a census of all England to determine in 1086, settling once and for all, who held which land. He called the census the Domesday Book, [1] indicating that those holders registered would hold the land until the end of time. Hence, conjecturally, the surname is descended from the tenant of the lands of Colchester, held by a steward of the Bishop on London who was recorded in the Domesday Book census of 1086.

Early History of the Tapscott family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Tapscott research. Another 120 words (9 lines of text) covering the years 1510, 1600, 1083, 1558, 1876, 1.T1, 1669, 1741, 1724 and 1741 are included under the topic Early Tapscott History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Tapscott Spelling Variations

Norman surnames are characterized by a multitude of spelling variations. The frequent changes in surnames are largely due to the fact that the Old and Middle English languages lacked definite spelling rules. The introduction of Norman French to England, as well as the official court languages of Latin and French, also had pronounced influences on the spelling of surnames. Since medieval scribes and church officials recorded names as they sounded, rather than adhering to any specific spelling rules, it was common to find the same individual referred to with different spellings. The name has been spelled Talcott, Talcot, Tallcott, Tallcot and others.

Early Notables of the Tapscott family (pre 1700)

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United States Tapscott migration to the United States +

Many English families emigrated to North American colonies in order to escape the political chaos in Britain at this time. Unfortunately, many English families made the trip to the New World under extremely harsh conditions. Overcrowding on the ships caused the majority of the immigrants to arrive diseased, famished, and destitute from the long journey across the stormy Atlantic. Despite these hardships, many of the families prospered and went on to make invaluable contributions to the development of the cultures of the United States and Canada. Early North American immigration records have revealed a number of people bearing the name Tapscott or a variant listed above:

Tapscott Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • George Tapscott, who landed in Maryland in 1666 [2]
Tapscott Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • James Taylor Tapscott, who arrived in New York in 1844 [2]
  • Jane Tapscott, who landed in New York, NY in 1846 [2]

Australia Tapscott migration to Australia +

Emigration to Australia followed the First Fleets of convicts, tradespeople and early settlers. Early immigrants include:

Tapscott Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • Samuel Tapscott, aged 33, who arrived in South Australia in 1849 aboard the ship "Sir Edward Parry" [3]
  • Samuel Tapscott, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Sir Edward Parry" in 1849 [3]

Contemporary Notables of the name Tapscott (post 1700) +

  • Horace Elva Tapscott (1934-1999), American jazz pianist and composer from Houston, Texas
  • John E. Tapscott (1930-2017), American politician, Member of the Iowa State Senate (1971-1973), Member of the Iowa House of Representatives (1967-1971)
  • John Windsor Tapscott (d. 1879), American politician, Member of North Carolina House of Commons from Alamance County, 1860 [4]
  • Luke Tapscott (b. 1991), Australian rules footballer for the Melbourne Football Club
  • Lionel Tapscott (b. 1894), South African cricketer who played in 2 Tests in 1923
  • George Tapscott (b. 1889), South African cricketer who played in one Test in 1913
  • Ed Tapscott, the former interim head coach of the NBA's Washington Wizards
  • Derek Tapscott (1932-2008), Welsh former professional footballer and Wales international
  • Alex Tapscott (b. 1986), Canadian business author, and advisor, son of Don Tapscott
  • Don Tapscott (b. 1947), Canadian business executive, author, consultant and speaker, CEO of The Tapscott Group, Chancellor of Trent University, Peterborough, Ontario

  1. ^ Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds., Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8)
  2. ^ Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
  3. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) The SIR EDWARD PARRY 1849. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1849SirEdwardParry.htm
  4. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2016, January 27) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html

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