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Early Origins of the Tatom family

The surname Tatom was first found in Yorkshire where the family name was first referenced in the year 1208 when William Tatham held estates. It is said that King John, while being the Earl of Moreton, gave the service of William of Tatham to Robert de Monte Begon (probably about 1185).

Tatham is a parish, in the hundred of Lonsdale, south of the Sands in Lancashire. The place name dates back to the Domesday Book of 1086 when it was first listed as Tathaim. [1] Literally it means "homestead of a man called Tata," from the Old English personal name + "ham." [2]

"Before the reign of Richard I., a family of the local name possessed lands in Tatham, but the estate passed, before the 34th of Edward III., into the Dacre family." [3] "Hipping Hall, [in Leck, Lancashire], has long been a seat of the family of Tatham." [3]

Early History of the Tatom family

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Tatom Spelling Variations

The English language only became standardized in the last few centuries; therefore,spelling variations are common among early Anglo-Saxon names. As the form of the English language changed, even the spelling of literate people's names evolved. Tatom has been recorded under many different variations, including Tatham, Tatam, Tatem, Tatum, Tatim, Tathem, Tattum and many more.

Early Notables of the Tatom family

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Tatom Ranking

In the United States, the name Tatom is the 12,939th most popular surname with an estimated 2,487 people with that name. [4]

Migration of the Tatom family

For many English families, the political and religious disarray that shrouded England made the far away New World an attractive prospect. On cramped disease-ridden ships, thousands migrated to those British colonies that would eventually become Canada and the United States. Those hardy settlers that survived the journey often went on to make important contributions to the emerging nations in which they landed. Analysis of immigration records indicates that some of the first North American immigrants bore the name Tatom or a variant listed above: Bartholomew Tatham who settled in New York in 1698; Benjamin Tatham who settled in Philadelphia in 1798; Catherine Tatham who arrived in New York in 1720.

Contemporary Notables of the name Tatom (post 1700) +

  • Caroline Shaw Tatom, American Republican politician, Alternate Delegate to Republican National Convention from Pennsylvania, 1948 [5]
  • Absalom Tatom (1742-1802), American Republican politician, U.S. Representative from North Carolina at-large, 1795-96; Member of North Carolina State Legislature, 1797 [5]
  • Nancy Tatom Ammerman (b. 1950), American professor of sociology of religion

  1. Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds., Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8)
  2. Mills, A.D., Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4)
  3. Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.
  4. "What are the 5,000 Most Common Last Names in the U.S.?".,
  5. The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, November 9) . Retrieved from on Facebook