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Spelling variations of this family name include: Tartar, Tartarin, Tartary, Tartault, Tartier, Tartière, Tarterat, Tartrat, Tartarat, Tartanson, Tartenson, Tatar, Tarteron, Tartereau, Tartereaux and many more.

First found in Ile-de-France, where the family has been a prominent family for centuries, and held a family seat with lands and manor. The family were well established in the region of Paris and several members of the family distinguished themselves through their contributions toward the community in which they lived and were rewarded with lands, titles and letters patent confirming their nobility.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Tarter research. Another 134 words (10 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Tarter History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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More information is included under the topic Early Tarter Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Some of the first settlers of this family name or some of its variants were: Olives Tartes, who came to Louisiana in 1720; and Jean Tartif, who arrived in Louisiana in 1720.

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  • Mrs. Bradley Tarter, American Republican politician, Alternate Delegate to Republican National Convention from Kentucky, 1940
  • Dr. C Brue Tarter, American director of the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory from 1994 to 2002
  • Jill Cornell Tarter (b. 1944), American astronomer and current director of the Center for SETI Research who coined the phrase "brown dwarf"


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  1. de la Porte, A. Tresor Heraldique. Paris: F. Casterman, 1864. Print.
  2. Egle, William Henry. Pennsylvania Genealogies Scotch-Irish and German. Harrisburg: L.S. Hart, 1886. Print.
  3. Rolland, and H.V. Rolland. Illustrations to the Armorial general by J. B. Rietstap 6 volumes in 3. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1976. Print.
  4. De Ville, Winston. Gulf Coast Colonials, A Compendium of French Families in Early Eighteenth Century Louisiana. Baltimore, MD: Clearfield, 1999. Print.
  5. Robb H. Amanda and Andrew Chesler. Encyclopedia of American Family Names. New York: Haper Collins, 1995. Print. (ISBN 0-06-270075-8).
  6. Browning, Charles H. Americans of Royal Descent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  7. Colletta, John P. They Came In Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
  8. Matthews, John. Matthews' American Armoury and Blue Book. London: John Matthews, 1911. Print.
  9. Conrad, Glenn R. The First Families of Louisiana. Baton Rouge LA: Claitor's Publishing, 1970. Print.
  10. Rasmussen, Louis J. . San Francisco Ship Passenger Lists 4 Volumes Colma, California 1965 Reprint. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co., 1978. Print.
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The Tarter Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Tarter 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.

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