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Tarr Early Origins



The surname Tarr was first found in Somerset where they held a family seat as Lords of the Manor. The Saxon influence of English history diminished after the Battle of Hastings in 1066. The language of the courts was French for the next three centuries and the Norman ambience prevailed. But Saxon surnames survived and the family name was first referenced in the 13th century.

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Tarr Spelling Variations


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Tarr Spelling Variations



Before English spelling was standardized a few hundred years ago, spelling variations of names were a common occurrence. Elements of Latin, French and other languages became incorporated into English through the Middle Ages, and name spellings changed even among the literate. The variations of the surname Tarr include Tarr, Terr, Tarre, Terre, Tara, Tarra and others.

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Tarr Early History


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Tarr Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Tarr research. Another 193 words (14 lines of text) covering the years 1455 and 1487 are included under the topic Early Tarr History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Tarr Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Tarr Early Notables (pre 1700)



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

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The Great Migration


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The Great Migration



A great wave of immigration to the New World was the result of the enormous political and religious disarray that struck England at that time. Families left for the New World in extremely large numbers. The long journey was the end of many immigrants and many more arrived sick and starving. Still, those who made it were rewarded with an opportunity far greater than they had known at home in England. These emigrant families went on to make significant contributions to these emerging colonies in which they settled. Some of the first North American settlers carried this name or one of its variants:

Tarr Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Robert Tarr, who landed in Virginia in 1719
  • Henerach Tarr, aged 23, arrived in Pennsylvania in 1742

Tarr Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • George Tarr, aged 40, a farmer, arrived in Nelson aboard the ship "Mary Ann" in 1842
  • Elizabeth Tarr, aged 36, arrived in Nelson aboard the ship "Mary Ann" in 1842
  • Elizabeth Tarr, aged 7, arrived in Nelson aboard the ship "Mary Ann" in 1842
  • John Tarr, aged 33, a farm labourer, arrived in Port Nicholson aboard the ship "London" in 1842
  • Elizabeth Tarr, aged 27, arrived in Port Nicholson aboard the ship "London" in 1842
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Contemporary Notables of the name Tarr (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Tarr (post 1700)



  • Frederick H. Tarr (b. 1868), American attorney and politician
  • Ralph Stockman Tarr (1864-1912), American geographer
  • Christian Tarr (1765-1833), American politician, member of the U.S. House of Representatives from Pennsylvania
  • Edward Hankins Tarr (b. 1936), American trumpet player and musicologist
  • Gerald LaVern Tarr (b. 1939), former collegiate and professional American football player
  • Bruce E. Tarr (b. 1964), American politician, minority leader of the Massachusetts Senate
  • Judith Tarr (b. 1955), American author
  • Christian Tarr (1765-1833), American politician, Representative from Pennsylvania 13th District, 1817-21; Member of Pennsylvania State House of Representatives, 1821-22
  • Campbell Tarr (1819-1879), American Republican politician, Delegate to Virginia Secession Convention, 1861; West Virginia State Treasurer, 1863-67
  • Burton E. Tarr, American Democrat politician, Member of Pennsylvania State Senate 32nd District, 1947-50
  • ... (Another 10 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Suggested Readings for the name Tarr


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Suggested Readings for the name Tarr



  • The Ancestry and Descendants of Josiah Mendum Tarr and Mary Delia Sawyer by Hugh A. Johnson.

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Tarr Family Crest Products


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See Also


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Citations


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Citations



    Other References

    1. Le Patourel, John. The Norman Empire. New York: Oxford University Press, 1976. Print. (ISBN 0-19-822525-3).
    2. Bardsley, C.W. A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6).
    3. Bolton, Charles Knowles. Bolton's American Armory. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1964. Print.
    4. Colletta, John P. They Came In Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
    5. Hanks, Patricia and Flavia Hodges. A Dictionary of Surnames. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1988. Print. (ISBN 0-19-211592-8).
    6. Hanks, Hodges, Mills and Room. The Oxford Names Companion. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2002. Print. (ISBN 0-19-860561-7).
    7. Sanders, Joanne McRee Edition. English Settlers in Barbados 1637-1800. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
    8. Best, Hugh. Debrett's Texas Peerage. New York: Coward-McCann, 1983. Print. (ISBN 069811244X).
    9. Thirsk, Joan. The Agrarian History of England and Wales. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press: 7 Volumes. Print.
    10. Colletta, John P. They Came In Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
    11. ...

    The Tarr Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Tarr Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

    This page was last modified on 27 January 2016 at 09:51.

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