Early Origins of the Taunay family
The surname Taunay was first found in Essex
where they held a family seat
as Lords of the Manor. The Norman influence of English history dominated after the Battle of Hastings in 1066. The language of the courts was French for the next three centuries and the Norman ambience prevailed. The family name was first referenced in the 13th century when they held estates in that shire. The name originated Saint Aubin du Thenney in Eure. Richard de Tani still held his estates in Thenney which was in the honor of Gilbert FitzRichard.
Early History of the Taunay family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Taunay research.Another 173 words (12 lines of text) covering the years 1195, 1455, 1487, 1786, 1608, 1659, 1654 and 1655 are included under the topic Early Taunay History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Taunay Spelling Variations
Anglo-Norman names tend to be marked by an enormous number of spelling variations
. This is largely due to the fact that Old and Middle English lacked any spelling rules when Norman French was introduced in the 11th century. The languages of the English courts at that time were French and Latin. These various languages mixed quite freely in the evolving social milieu. The final element of this mix is that medieval scribes spelled words according to their sounds rather than any definite rules, so a name was often spelled in as many different ways as the number of documents it appeared in. The name was spelled Taney, Tanney, Tauny, Tauney, Tawney, Tawny, Tannie, Tani and many more.
Early Notables of the Taunay family (pre 1700)
Outstanding amongst the family at this time was the Taney family of Essex; and TheaurauJohn Tany (bap. Thomas Totney 1608-1659), an English preacher and religious visionary, the morning 30 December 1654, Tany made... Another 32 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Taunay Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Taunay family to the New World and Oceana
Because of the political and religious discontent in England
, families began to migrate abroad in enormous numbers. Faced with persecution and starvation at home, the open frontiers and generally less oppressive social environment of the New World seemed tantalizing indeed to many English people. The trip was difficult, and not all made it unscathed, but many of those who did get to Canada and the United States made important contributions to the young nations in which they settled. Some of the first North American settlers with Taunay name or one of its variants: the name represented in many forms and recorded from the mid 17th century in the great migration from Europe. Migrants settled in the eastern seaboard from Newfoundland, to Maine, to Virginia, the Carolinas, and to the islands..