Tazewell History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Early Origins of the Tazewell family

The surname Tazewell was first found in Bedfordshire (Old English: Bedanfordscir), located in Southeast-central England, formerly part of the Anglo-Saxon kingdom of Mercia, where they held a family seat as Lords of the Manor. After the Battle of Hastings in 1066, William, Duke of Normandy, having prevailed over King Harold, granted most of Britain to his many victorious Barons. It was not uncommon to find a Baron, or a Bishop, with 60 or more Lordships scattered throughout the country. These he gave to his sons, nephews and other junior lines of his family and they became known as under-tenants. They adopted the Norman system of surnames which identified the under-tenant with his holdings so as to distinguish him from the senior stem of the family. After many rebellious wars between his Barons, Duke William, commissioned a census of all England to determine in 1086, settling once and for all, who held which land. He called the census the Domesday Book, [1] indicating that those holders registered would hold the land until the end of time. Hence, Willmund de Taissel was recorded in the Domesday Book of 1086 in Bedfordshire. [2]

Early History of the Tazewell family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Tazewell research. Another 78 words (6 lines of text) covering the years 1548, 1585 and 1548 are included under the topic Early Tazewell History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Tazewell 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 Tassell, Tassel, Taisel, Taisell, Tasell, Tassle and others.

Early Notables of the Tazewell family (pre 1700)

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United States Tazewell migration to the United States +

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 Tazewell name or one of its variants:

Tazewell Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • William Tazewell, who landed in Virginia in 1752 [3]

Contemporary Notables of the name Tazewell (post 1700) +

  • Littleton Waller Tazewell (1774-1860), American Democrat politician, Member of Virginia State Legislature, 1796; U.S. Representative from Virginia at-large, 1800-01; U.S. Senator from Virginia, 1824-32; Governor of Virginia, 1834-36; Candidate for Vice President of the United States, 1840
  • Henry Tazewell (1753-1799), American politician, Member of Virginia State Legislature, 1775; Delegate to Virginia State Constitutional Convention, 1775; Justice of Virginia State Supreme Court, 1785; U.S. Senator from Virginia, 1794-99; Died in office 1799
  • Tazewell Ellett (1856-1914), American politician, U.S. Representative from Virginia (1895-1897)

  1. ^ Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds., Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8)
  2. ^ Reaney, P.H and R.M. Wilson, A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X)
  3. ^ Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)

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