Tatnell History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Early Origins of the Tatnell family

The surname Tatnell 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 Tatnell family

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

Tatnell Spelling Variations

Until the dictionary, an invention of only the last few hundred years, the English language lacked any comprehensive system of spelling rules. Consequently, spelling variations in names are frequently found in early Anglo-Saxon and later Anglo-Norman documents. One person's name was often spelled several different ways over a lifetime. The recorded variations of Tatnell include Tattenhall, Tatnall, Tatnell and others.

Early Notables of the Tatnell family (pre 1700)

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United States Tatnell migration to the United States +

Thousands of English families boarded ships sailing to the New World in the hope of escaping the unrest found in England at this time. Although the search for opportunity and freedom from persecution abroad took the lives of many because of the cramped conditions and unsanitary nature of the vessels, the opportunity perceived in the growing colonies of North America beckoned. Many of the settlers who survived the journey went on to make important contributions to the transplanted cultures of their adopted countries. The Tatnell were among these contributors, for they have been located in early North American records:

Tatnell Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • Hannah Tatnell, who landed in Maryland in 1673 [2]
Tatnell Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Ann Tatnell, who arrived in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1725 [2]


  1. ^ Mills, A.D., Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4)
  2. ^ 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)


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