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The surname Tatum 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]CITATION[CLOSE]
Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds., Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8)
Literally it means "homestead of a man called Tata," from the Old English personal name + "ham." [2]CITATION[CLOSE]
Mills, A.D., Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4)
"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]CITATION[CLOSE]
Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.
"Hipping Hall, [in Leck, Lancashire], has long been a seat of the family of Tatham." [3]CITATION[CLOSE]
Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.

Before English spelling was standardized a few hundred years ago, spelling variations of names were a common occurrence. Elements of Latin, French and other languages became incorporated into English through the Middle Ages, and name spellings changed even among the literate. The variations of the surname Tatum include Tatham, Tatam, Tatem, Tatum, Tatim, Tathem, Tattum and many more.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Tatum research. Another 211 words (15 lines of text) covering the years 1230, 1185, 1455, 1487, 1632, 1664, 1632 and 1641 are included under the topic Early Tatum History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Another 27 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Tatum Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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A great wave of immigration to the New World was the result of the enormous political and religious disarray that struck England at that time. Families left for the New World in extremely large numbers. The long journey was the end of many immigrants and many more arrived sick and starving. Still, those who made it were rewarded with an opportunity far greater than they had known at home in England. These emigrant families went on to make significant contributions to these emerging colonies in which they settled. Some of the first North American settlers carried this name or one of its variants:

Tatum Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • Ralph Tatum, who landed in Virginia in 1642

Tatum Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Ed Tatum, who landed in Virginia in 1700

Tatum Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Joseph J Tatum, aged 38, arrived in Maryland in 1812
  • Jacob Tatum, aged 23, arrived in Missouri in 1839
  • Theodore Tatum, who arrived in San Francisco, California in 1850

Tatum Settlers in United States in the 20th Century

  • Edward Tatum, aged 30, who settled in America, in 1908
  • Charles F. Tatum, aged 65, who settled in America, in 1911
  • Dorothea Lloyd Tatum, aged 23, who emigrated to the United States, in 1917
  • George Tatum, aged 17, who emigrated to the United States, in 1918
  • Alton J. Tatum, aged 20, who emigrated to the United States, in 1918
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Tatum Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century

  • Diana Tatum, aged 25, landed in Fort Cumberland, Nova Scotia in 1774
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  • Charles "Chuck" Tatum, American Marine in the Battle of Iwo Jima. In the mini-series The Pacific; Tatum is portrayed by actor Ben Esler
  • Donn Tatum (1913-1993), the first non-Disney family member to be president of Walt Disney Productions
  • Bradford Tatum (b. 1965), American actor, writer, and producer
  • James M. "Big Jim" Tatum (1913-1959), American football and baseball player and coach
  • Beverly Daniel Tatum (b. 1954), president of Spelman College, Georgia
  • Channing Matthew Tatum (b. 1980), American actor
  • Frank Tatum, American politician, Candidate for U.S. Representative from Iowa 4th District, 1932
  • Doris Tatum, American Democrat politician, Alternate Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Mississippi, 1980
  • B. B. Tatum, American Democrat politician, Alternate Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Florida, 1908
  • Mrs. George Tatum, American Republican politician, Delegate to Republican National Convention from Missouri, 1924
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  • Rising in the West: The True Story of an Ok.
  • Family by Dan Morgan.
  • The Name and Family of Tatum or Tatham by Media Research Bureau.
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Citations



  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.

Other References

  1. Dunkling, Leslie. Dictionary of Surnames. Toronto: Collins, 1998. Print. (ISBN 0004720598).
  2. Robb H. Amanda and Andrew Chesler. Encyclopedia of American Family Names. New York: Haper Collins, 1995. Print. (ISBN 0-06-270075-8).
  3. Hinde, Thomas Ed. The Domesday Book England's Heritage Then and Now. Surrey: Colour Library Books, 1995. Print. (ISBN 1-85833-440-3).
  4. Leeson, Francis L. Dictionary of British Peerages. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1986. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-1121-5).
  5. Hitching, F.K and S. Hitching. References to English Surnames in 1601-1602. Walton On Thames: 1910. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0181-3).
  6. Best, Hugh. Debrett's Texas Peerage. New York: Coward-McCann, 1983. Print. (ISBN 069811244X).
  7. Weis, Frederick Lewis, Walter Lee Sheppard and David Faris. Ancestral Roots of Sixty Colonists Who Came to New England Between 1623 and 1650 7th Edition. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0806313676).
  8. Crispin, M. Jackson and Leonce Mary. Falaise Roll Recording Prominent Companions of William Duke of Normandy at the Conquest of England. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  9. Skordas, Guest. Ed. The Early Settlers of Maryland an Index to Names or Immigrants Complied from Records of Land Patents 1633-1680 in the Hall of Records Annapolis, Maryland. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1968. Print.
  10. Innes, Thomas and Learney. The Tartans of the Clans and Families of Scotland 1st Edition. Edinburgh: W & A. K. Johnston Limited, 1938. Print.
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