Tassell History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Early Origins of the Tassell family

The surname Tassell was first found in Bedfordshire (Old English: Bedanfordscir), located in Southeast-central England, formerly part of the Anglo-Saxon kingdom of Mercia, 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, Willmund de Taissel was recorded in the Domesday Book of 1086 in Bedfordshire. [2]

Early History of the Tassell family

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Tassell Spelling Variations

Before the advent of the printing press and the first dictionaries, the English language was not standardized. Sound was what guided spelling in the Middle Ages, so one person's name was often recorded under several variations during a single lifetime. Spelling variations were common, even among the names of the most literate people. Known variations of the Tassell family name include Tassell, Tassel, Taisel, Taisell, Tasell, Tassle and others.

Early Notables of the Tassell family (pre 1700)

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United States Tassell migration to the United States +

To escape the political and religious chaos of this era, thousands of English families began to migrate to the New World in search of land and freedom from religious and political persecution. The passage was expensive and the ships were dark, crowded, and unsafe; however, those who made the voyage safely were encountered opportunities that were not available to them in their homeland. Many of the families that reached the New World at this time went on to make important contributions to the emerging nations of the United States and Canada. Research into various historical records has revealed some of first members of the Tassell family to immigrate North America:

Tassell Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • Robert Tassell, who settled in Virginia in 1635
  • Robert Tassell, who landed in Virginia in 1637 [3]
  • William Tassell, who arrived in Maryland in 1673 [3]
  • John Tassell, who settled in Maryland in 1673
  • William Tassell, who settled in Maryland in 1673
Tassell Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • George Tassell, who settled in Maryland in 1718

Contemporary Notables of the name Tassell (post 1700) +

  • Marie Van Tassell (1871-1946), American silent film actress
  • Otis N. Van Tassell, American Republican politician, Alternate Delegate to Republican National Convention from Idaho, 1916 [4]
  • Charles M. Van Tassell, American Republican politician, Candidate for Connecticut State House of Representatives from Litchfield, 1908 [4]
  • Charles Van Tassell, American politician, Delegate to Socialist National Convention from Michigan, 1960 [4]
  • Sir Thomas Tassell Grant KCB, FRS (1795-1859), English inventor in the 19th century
  • Doug Tassell (1945-1970), Australian rules footballer
  • Kris Tassell (b. 1973), Australian professional rugby league footballer

HMAS Sydney II
  • Mr. Harry Woodrow Tassell (1916-1941), Australian Petty Officer from Perth, Western Australia, Australia, who sailed into battle aboard HMAS Sydney II and died in the sinking [5]

  1. ^ Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds., Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8)
  2. ^ Reaney, P.H and R.M. Wilson, A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X)
  3. ^ 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)
  4. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, December 9) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html
  5. ^ HMAS Sydney II, Finding Sydney Foundation - Roll of Honour. (Retrieved 2014, April 24) . Retrieved from http://www.findingsydney.com/roll.asp

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