Early Origins of the Tawnay family
The surname Tawnay 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 Tawnay family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Tawnay 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 Tawnay History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Tawnay Spelling Variations
It is only in the last few hundred
years that the English language has been standardized. For that reason, Anglo-Norman surnames like Tawnay are characterized by many spelling variations
. Scribes and monks in the Middle Ages spelled names they sounded, so it is common to find several variations that refer to a single person. As the English language changed and incorporated elements of other European languages such as Norman French and Latin, even literate people regularly changed the spelling of their names. The variations of the name Tawnay include Taney, Tanney, Tauny, Tauney, Tawney, Tawny, Tannie, Tani and many more.
Early Notables of the Tawnay 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 Tawnay Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Tawnay family to the New World and Oceana
Faced with the chaos present in England
at that time, many English families looked towards the open frontiers of the New World with its opportunities to escape oppression and starvation. People migrated to North America, as well as Australia
in droves, paying exorbitant rates for passages in cramped, unsafe ships. Many of the settlers did not make the long passage alive, but those who did see the shores of North America were welcomed with great opportunity. Many of the families that came from England
went on to make essential contributions to the emerging nations of Canada and the United States. Some of the first immigrants to cross the Atlantic and come to North America carried the name Tawnay, or a variant listed above: 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..