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The Tench surname comes form the Old French word "tenche," which was a type of freshwater fish; as such it is thought to have evolved from a nickname.

Tench Early Origins



The surname Tench was first found in Shropshire where they held a family seat as Lords of the Manor some say at the time of the Norman Conquest of England by Duke William of Normandy in the year 1066 A.D.

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Tench Spelling Variations


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Tench Spelling Variations



The English language only became standardized in the last few centuries; therefore, spelling variations are common among early Anglo-Saxon names. As the form of the English language changed, even the spelling of literate people's names evolved. Tench has been recorded under many different variations, including Tench, Tenche, Tenches, Tenge, Tange, Tanch and others.

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Tench Early History


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Tench Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Tench research. Another 217 words (16 lines of text) covering the years 1550, 1628, 1712, and 1715 are included under the topic Early Tench History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Tench Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Tench Early Notables (pre 1700)



More information is included under the topic Early Tench Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Tench In Ireland


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Tench In Ireland



Some of the Tench family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 45 words (3 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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The Great Migration


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The Great Migration



For many English families, the political and religious disarray that shrouded England made the far away New World an attractive prospect. On cramped disease-ridden ships, thousands migrated to those British colonies that would eventually become Canada and the United States. Those hardy settlers that survived the journey often went on to make important contributions to the emerging nations in which they landed. Analysis of immigration records indicates that some of the first North American immigrants bore the name Tench or a variant listed above:

Tench Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • William Tench who settled in Plymouth Massachusetts in 1621
  • William Tench, who arrived in Massachusetts in 1621
  • Francis Tench, who arrived in Maryland in 1669
  • Jane Tench, who landed in Maryland in 1669
  • John Tench, who landed in Maryland in 1669
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Tench Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Joseph Tench, who arrived in America in 1760-1763

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Contemporary Notables of the name Tench (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Tench (post 1700)



  • Benjamin Montmorency Tench III (b. 1953), American keyboardist, founding member of Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers
  • Robert "Bobby" Tench (b. 1944), British vocalist and guitarist
  • Lieutenant-General Watkin Tench (1758-1833), British Marine officer and author of two books about his exploits with the First Fleet
  • William Henry Tench, Chief Inspector of Accidents, Department of Trade

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Tench Family Crest Products


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See Also


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Citations


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Citations



    Other References

    1. Cook, Chris. English Historical Facts 1603-1688. London: MacMillan, 1980. Print.
    2. Filby, P. William and Mary K Meyer. Passenger and Immigration Lists Index in Four Volumes. Detroit: Gale Research, 1985. Print. (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8).
    3. Virkus, Frederick A. Ed. Immigrant Ancestors A List of 2,500 Immigrants to America Before 1750. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1964. Print.
    4. Lennard, Reginald. Rural England 1086-1135 A Study of Social and Agrarian Conditions. Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1959. Print.
    5. Robb H. Amanda and Andrew Chesler. Encyclopedia of American Family Names. New York: Haper Collins, 1995. Print. (ISBN 0-06-270075-8).
    6. Colletta, John P. They Came In Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
    7. Matthews, John. Matthews' American Armoury and Blue Book. London: John Matthews, 1911. Print.
    8. Hanks, Hodges, Mills and Room. The Oxford Names Companion. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2002. Print. (ISBN 0-19-860561-7).
    9. Colletta, John P. They Came In Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
    10. Egle, William Henry. Pennsylvania Genealogies Scotch-Irish and German. Harrisburg: L.S. Hart, 1886. Print.
    11. ...

    The Tench Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Tench Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

    This page was last modified on 11 October 2013 at 08:05.

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