The generations and branches of the Tenison family share a name that has its roots in the ancient Anglo-Saxon
culture of Britain. The name Tenison comes from the baptismal name for the son of Dennis,
which was originally derived from the Latin Dionysius.
In the religious naming tradition surnames were bestowed in honor of religious figures or church officials. In Europe, the Christian Church was one of the most powerful influences on the formation of given names. Personal names derived from the names of saints, apostles, biblical figures, and missionaries are widespread in most European countries. In the Middle Ages, they became increasingly popular because people believed that the souls of the deceased continued to be involved in this world. They named their children after saints in the hope that the child would be blessed or protected by the saint.
Early Origins of the Tenison family
The surname Tenison was first found in Oxfordshire
where they held a family seat
from very ancient times, before and after the Norman Conquest
Early History of the Tenison family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Tenison research.Another 161 words (12 lines of text) covering the years 1636, 1715, 1694, 1685, 1714, 1809, 1892, 1636, 1715, 1673, 1735, 1642, 1705, 1697 and 1698 are included under the topic Early Tenison History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Tenison Spelling Variations
Until quite recently, the English language has lacked a definite system of spelling rules. Consequently, Anglo-Saxon
surnames are characterized by a multitude of spelling variations
. Changes in Anglo-Saxon
names were influenced by the evolution of the English language, as it incorporated elements of French, Latin, and other languages. Although Medieval scribes and church officials recorded names as they sounded, so it is common to find one person referred to by several different spellings of his surname, even the most literate people varied the spelling of their own names. Variations of the name Tenison include Tennyson, Tenison, Tennison and others.
Early Notables of the Tenison family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Tenison family to Ireland
Some of the Tenison family moved to Ireland
, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.Another 103 words (7 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Tenison family to the New World and Oceana
Searching for a better life, many English families migrated to British colonies. Unfortunately, the majority of them traveled under extremely harsh conditions: overcrowding on the ships caused the majority of the immigrants to arrive diseased, famished, and destitute from the long journey across the ocean. For those families that arrived safely, modest prosperity was attainable, and many went on to make invaluable contributions to the development of the cultures of the new colonies. Research into the origins of individual families in North America revealed records of the immigration of a number of people bearing the name Tenison or a variant listed above:
Tenison Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
- John R. Tenison, who settled in Pennsylvania in 1850
Tenison Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
- John W. Tenison, aged 26, who arrived in South Australia in 1852 aboard the ship "Standard" CITATION[CLOSE]
South Australian Register Tuesday 3 February 1852. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) STANDARD 1852. Retrieved http://www.theshipslist.com/ships/australia/standard1852.shtml.
Contemporary Notables of the name Tenison (post 1700)
- Rosie Tenison (b. 1968), American model and actress, identical twin sister of Renee Tenison
- Renee Tenison (b. 1968), American model and actress
- Thomas Tenison (1636-1715), English theologian
The Tenison Motto
The motto was originally a war cry or slogan. Mottoes first began to be shown with arms in the 14th and 15th centuries, but were not in general use until the 17th century. Thus the oldest coats of arms generally do not include a motto. Mottoes seldom form part of the grant of arms: Under most heraldic authorities, a motto is an optional component of the coat of arms, and can be added to or changed at will; many families have chosen not to display a motto.
Motto: Nil Temere
Motto Translation: Not Rashly.