Tattnall History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Early Origins of the Tattnall family

The surname Tattnall 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 Tattnall family

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

Tattnall Spelling Variations

It is only in the last few hundred years that the English language has been standardized. For that reason, early Anglo-Saxon surnames like Tattnall are characterized by many spelling variations. As the English language changed and incorporated elements of other European languages, even literate people changed the spelling of their names. The variations of the name Tattnall include: Tattenhall, Tatnall, Tatnell and others.

Early Notables of the Tattnall family (pre 1700)

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Migration of the Tattnall family

Many English families tired of political and religious strife left Britain for the new colonies in North America. Although the trip itself offered no relief - conditions on the ships were extremely cramped, and many travelers arrived diseased, starving, and destitute - these immigrants believed the opportunities that awaited them were worth the risks. Once in the colonies, many of the families did indeed prosper and, in turn, made significant contributions to the culture and economies of the growing colonies. An inquiry into the early roots of North American families has revealed a number of immigrants bearing the name Tattnall or a variant listed above: Thomas Tattnell settled in Maryland in 1684.


Contemporary Notables of the name Tattnall (post 1700) +

  • Josiah Tattnall (1762-1803), American politician, Member of Georgia State House of Representatives, 1795; U.S. Senator from Georgia, 1796-99; Governor of Georgia, 1801-02 [2]
  • Edward Fenwick Tattnall (1788-1832), American politician, Member of Georgia State Legislature; U.S. Representative from Georgia, 1821-27 [2]


  1. ^ Mills, A.D., Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4)
  2. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, November 9) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html


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