Show ContentsTata History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The Tata surname is generally thought to be derived from the Old Norse word "teitr," meaning "cheerful." According to the Venerable Bede, Tate was used as a nickname for Ethelberga daughter of Ethelbert, king of Kent. [1] Some sources suggest that its origins are quite distinct from the Old English roots of Tate.

Early Origins of the Tata family

The surname Tata was first found in Berwickshire an ancient county of Scotland, presently part of the Scottish Borders Council Area, located in the eastern part of the Borders Region of Scotland, where they held a family seat from early times. One of the first records of the name was Thomas dictus Tayt in 1329 who was listed as having a debt to the king at that time. There are several recorded instances of payments to a John Tayt, clerk of the hospital of Montrose, between 1362-70. Alexander Tayt was burgess of Edinburgh in 1381. Adam Tayte had a safe conduct to travel in England in 1424. [1]

Early History of the Tata family

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Tata Spelling Variations

In the Middles Ages scribes spelled names by their sound. Often a name was written under a different spelling variation each time it was recorded. Tata has appeared as Tait, Tate, Tayte, Taite and others.

Early Notables of the Tata family (pre 1700)

Notable amongst the family name during their early history was Princess Tait of Kent; Faithful Teate (c.1626-1666) Irish Protestant clergyman and poet from County Cavan, Ireland, sometimes known as Faithful Tate or Faithfull Teate; and...
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Ireland Migration of the Tata family to Ireland

Some of the Tata family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
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Migration of the Tata family

The ancestors of Boernician-Scottish settlers dot North America even today. They settled all along the east coast when they came over, but some went north as United Empire Loyalists at the time of the War of Independence. However, these strong lines endured as Scottish families in the United States and Canada have rediscovered much of the heritage that was taken from them centuries ago. Some of the first immigrants to cross the Atlantic and come to North America carried the name Tata, or a variant listed above: Edward Tate, who settled in Salem, Massachusetts in 1630; James and Mary Tate, who came to Barbados in 1635; Thomas Tate, who settled in Virginia in 1635.

Contemporary Notables of the name Tata (post 1700) +

  • Joseph E. "Joe" Tata (1936-2022), American television actor, best known for his regular role as Nat Bussichio, the owner and operator of the Peach Pit diner, in the television series Beverly Hills, 90210
  • Robert "Bob" Tata (1930-2021), American politician, Member of the Virginia House of Delegates (1984-2014)
  • Tata Amaral (b. 1961), award winning Brazilian director, writer, producer and actor

  1. Black, George F., The Surnames of Scotland Their Origin, Meaning and History. New York: New York Public Library, 1946. Print. (ISBN 0-87104-172-3) on Facebook