Tattenhil History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Early Origins of the Tattenhil family

The surname Tattenhil 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 Tattenhil family

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

Tattenhil Spelling Variations

Before the last few hundred years, the English language had no fast system of spelling rules. For that reason, spelling variations are commonly found in early Anglo-Saxon surnames. Over the years, many variations of the name Tattenhil were recorded, including Tattenhall, Tatnall, Tatnell and others.

Early Notables of the Tattenhil family (pre 1700)

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Migration of the Tattenhil family

To escape oppression and starvation at that time, many English families left for the "open frontiers" of the New World with all its perceived opportunities. In droves people migrated to the many British colonies, those in North America in particular, paying high rates for passages in cramped, unsafe ships. Although many of the settlers did not make the long passage alive, those who did see the shores of North America perceived great opportunities before them. Many of the families that came from England went on to make essential contributions to the emerging nations of Canada and the United States. Research into various historical records revealed some of first members of the Tattenhil family emigrate to North America: 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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