Tattenhall History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Early Origins of the Tattenhall family

The surname Tattenhall 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 Tattenhall family

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

Tattenhall Spelling Variations

Spelling variations in names were a common occurrence before English spelling was standardized a few hundred years ago. In the Middle Ages, even the literate spelled their names differently as the English language incorporated elements of French, Latin, and other European languages. Many variations of the name Tattenhall have been found, including Tattenhall, Tatnall, Tatnell and others.

Early Notables of the Tattenhall family (pre 1700)

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Migration of the Tattenhall family

Families began migrating abroad in enormous numbers because of the political and religious discontent in England. Often faced with persecution and starvation in England, the possibilities of the New World attracted many English people. Although the ocean trips took many lives, those who did get to North America were instrumental in building the necessary groundwork for what would become for new powerful nations. Some of the first immigrants to cross the Atlantic and come to North America bore the name Tattenhall, or a variant listed above: 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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