Tavenner History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Tavenner is a name of ancient Norman origin. It arrived in England with the Norman Conquest of 1066. It is a name for a person who kept a tavern or public house. [1]

"A family of this name was long seated at Elmham in Norfolk, where Ralph Le Taverner is mentioned in 1272, and only died out in 1682, leaving younger branches to flourish in Essex, Oxfordshire, Bedfordshire. John Taverner, we are told, distinguished himself at Agincourt." [2]

Early Origins of the Tavenner family

The surname Tavenner was first found in Yorkshire where William le Tauerner, Tauernier was listed in the Pipe Rolls of 1175 and 1177. Later, William le Tavenerner was found in Warwickshire in 1268. [3]

Up in Scotland, one of the first records found was "Henry le Taverner, a crossbowman, one of the English garrison of Linlithgow Castle in 1305." [4]

Early History of the Tavenner family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Tavenner research. Another 252 words (18 lines of text) covering the years 1066, 1305, 1361, 1759, 1397, 1407, 1397, 1402, 1406, 1407, 1417, 1417, 1490, 1545, 1505, 1575, 1572, 1584, 1638, 1680, 1768, 1736, 1739, 1690 and 1706 are included under the topic Early Tavenner History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Tavenner Spelling Variations

A multitude of spelling variations characterize Norman surnames. Many variations occurred because Old and Middle English lacked any definite spelling rules. The introduction of Norman French to England also had a pronounced effect, as did the court languages of Latin and French. Therefore, one person was often referred to by several different spellings in a single lifetime. The various spellings include Taverner, Tabenor, Tabiner, Tavernor, Taviner, Tavenor and many more.

Early Notables of the Tavenner family (pre 1700)

Outstanding amongst the family at this time was William Taverner (fl. 1397-1407), of Leominster, an English politician, Member of Parliamnet for Leominster in 1397, 1402, 1406 and 1407; William Taverner (fl. 1417), an English politician, Member of the Parliament for Lyme Regis in 1417; and John Taverner (1490-1545), English composer and organist, generally regarded as the most important English composer of his era. Richard Taverner (1505-1575), was...
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Ireland Migration of the Tavenner family to Ireland

Some of the Tavenner family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. More information about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.


United States Tavenner migration to the United States +

Many English families left England, to avoid the chaos of their homeland and migrated to the many British colonies abroad. Although the conditions on the ships were extremely cramped, and some travelers arrived diseased, starving, and destitute, once in the colonies, many of the families prospered and made valuable contributions to the cultures of what would become the United States and Canada. Research into the origins of individual families in North America has revealed records of the immigration of a number of people bearing the name Tavenner or a variant listed above:

Tavenner Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
  • George T Tavenner, aged 25, who immigrated to the United States, in 1919

Contemporary Notables of the name Tavenner (post 1700) +

  • Clyde Howard Tavenner (1882-1942), U.S. Representative from Illinois
  • L. M. Tavenner, American Democratic Party politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from West Virginia, 1912 [5]
  • Frank Stacy Tavenner Jr. (b. 1895), American Democratic Party politician, U.S. Attorney for the Western District of Virginia, 1940-48; Acting Chief Counsel, International Prosecutions Section, Tokyo, Japan, 1947 [5]
  • F. S. Tavenner, American politician, Member of Virginia State Senate 10th District, 1904-07, 1912-15 [5]
  • Clyde Howard Tavenner (1882-1942), American Democratic Party politician, U.S. Representative from Illinois 14th District, 1913-17 [5]


  1. ^ Barber, Henry, British Family Names London: Elliot Stock, 62 Paternoster Row, 1894. Print.
  2. ^ Cleveland, Dutchess of The Battle Abbey Roll with some Account of the Norman Lineages. London: John Murray, Abermarle Street, 1889. Print. Volume 3 of 3
  3. ^ Reaney, P.H and R.M. Wilson, A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X)
  4. ^ Black, George F., The Surnames of Scotland Their Origin, Meaning and History. New York: New York Public Library, 1946. Print. (ISBN 0-87104-172-3)
  5. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, November 9) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html


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