This Brythonic Celtic
surname comes from the personal name
Danet. This name is formed through the addition of the diminutive prefix -et to Dan, which is a pet form of the personal name Daniel. The initial D of the name was often sharpened to T, giving rise to the surname Tenat.
Early Origins of the Tenat family
The surname Tenat was first found in Shropshire
, where they held a family seat
as Lords of the Manor of Abertanat. This Welsh
English border family claim direct descent from the great Einion Efell, Lord of Cynllathe in Denbighland, North Wales
. Abertanat was a territory in Powys
Fadog which was previously ruled by Owen Brongyntyn. Today, Afon Tanat (River Tanat) is a river in northern Powys
, Wales. The Tanat Valley Light Railway (TVLR) was a 15-mile (24 km) long standard gauge light railway connecting Llangynog with Blodwel in Wales
that was opened in 1903 and closed in January 1964.
Early History of the Tenat family
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Tenat Spelling Variations
surnames are relatively few in number, but they have an inordinately large number of spelling variations
. There are many factors that explain the preponderance of Welsh
variants, but the earliest is found during the Middle Ages when Welsh
surnames came into use. Scribes and church officials recorded names as they sounded, which often resulted in a single person's name being inconsistently recorded over his lifetime. The transliteration of Welsh
names into English also accounts for many of the spelling variations: the unique Brythonic Celtic
language of the Welsh
had many sounds the English language was incapable of accurately reproducing. It was also common for members of a same surname to change their names slightly, in order to signify a branch loyalty within the family, a religious adherence, or even patriotic affiliations. For all of these reasons, the many spelling variations
of particular Welsh
names are very important. The surname Tenat has occasionally been spelled Tanat, Tannat, Tanet, Tanett, Tanatt, Tannatt and many more.
Early Notables of the Tenat family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Tenat family to the New World and Oceana
In the late 19th and early 20th centuries, many people from Wales
joined the general migration to North America in search of land, work, and freedom. These immigrants greatly contributed to the rapid development of the new nations of Canada and the United States. They also added a rich and lasting cultural heritage to their newly adopted societies. Investigation of immigration and passenger lists has revealed a number of people bearing the name Tenat: Robert Tanett who landed in North America in 1774.