Tatnal History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Early Origins of the Tatnal family

The surname Tatnal was first found in Cheshire where they held a family seat as Lords of the manor of Tattenhall. Recorded first as Tatenale in the Domesday Book of 1086, the place name literally means "nook of land of a man called Tata," from the Old English personal name + "halh." [1]

Today, Tattenhall is a village and civil parish, 8 miles south-east of Chester. Tatton Hall is a country house in Tatton Park near Knutsford, Cheshire. Tettenhall is a village in within the city of Wolverhampton, now in the West Midlands and was the site of The Battle of Tettenhall where forces of Mercia and Wessex met an army of Northumbrian Vikings on 5 August 910.

Early History of the Tatnal family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Tatnal research. Another 103 words (7 lines of text) covering the years 1180 and 1296 are included under the topic Early Tatnal History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Tatnal Spelling Variations

Tatnal has been spelled many different ways. Before English spelling became standardized over the last few hundred years, spelling variations in names were a common occurrence. As the English language changed in the Middle Ages, absorbing pieces of Latin and French, as well as other languages, the spelling of people's names also changed considerably, even over a single lifetime. Spelling variants included: Tattenhall, Tatnall, Tatnell and others.

Early Notables of the Tatnal family (pre 1700)

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

Migration of the Tatnal family

In an attempt to escape the chaos experienced in England, many English families boarded overcrowded and diseased ships sailing for the shores of North America and other British colonies. Those families hardy enough, and lucky enough, to make the passage intact were rewarded with land and a social environment less prone to religious and political persecution. Many of these families became important contributors to the young colonies in which they settled. Early immigration and passenger lists have documented some of the first Tatnals to arrive on North American shores: Thomas Tattnell settled in Maryland in 1684.



  1. ^ Mills, A.D., Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4)


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