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Tennant History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms



The Strathclyde-Briton people of ancient Scotland were the first to use the name Tennant. It is a name for someone who works as a tenant farmer. The name was applied to those who paid for the rent on their land through working the fields and donating a percentage of the take to the landlord.


Early Origins of the Tennant family


The surname Tennant was first found in Linlithgowshire (Gaelic: Lodainn an Iar), former county in south-central Scotland, now the Council Area West Lothian, where they held a family seat at Crestone or Creston from about the year 1150 A.D.

Early History of the Tennant family


This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Tennant research.
Another 135 words (10 lines of text) covering the years 1296, 1320, 1339, 1366, 1644, 1649, 1549, 1673, 1746, 1695, 1706, 1718, 1727, 1740 and 1777 are included under the topic Early Tennant History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Tennant Spelling Variations


Before the printing press standardized spelling in the last few hundred years, no general rules existed in the English language. Spelling variations in Scottish names from the Middle Ages are common even within a single document. Tennant has been spelled Tennant, tenant, Tennand, Tennan, Tenman, Tennend, Tennent, Tenand and many more.

Early Notables of the Tennant family (pre 1700)


Notable amongst the family at this time was John Tennent of Listonshiels (died c. 1549), a servant and companion of James V of Scotland; and William Tennent (1673-1746), an early American religious leader and educator in British North America. Born in Mid Calder, Linlithgowshire, Scotland, he graduated from the University of...
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Migration of the Tennant family to Ireland


Some of the Tennant family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. More information about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Migration of the Tennant family to the New World and Oceana


For Scottish immigrants, the great expense of travel to North America did not seem such a problem in those unstable times. Acres of land awaited them and many got the chance to fight for their freedom in the American War of Independence. These Scots and their ancestors went on to play important roles in the forging of the great nations of the United States and Canada. Among them:

Tennant Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • Christopher Tennant, who landed in Virginia in 1635 [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    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)
  • Christopher Tennant, who settled in Virginia in 1635

Tennant Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • James Tennant, who arrived in Virginia in 1708 [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    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)
  • David, Judith and Rebecca Tennant, who all, who arrived in Charlestown, South Carolina in 1766
  • William Tennant, who arrived in Philadelphia in 1776

Tennant Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • John Tennant, who landed in Delaware in 1800 [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    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)
  • Robert Tennant, who arrived in Charleston, South Carolina in 1810 [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    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)
  • William Tennant, who arrived in New York in 1810 [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    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)

Tennant Settlers in United States in the 20th Century

  • David Tennant, aged 26, who landed in America from Rutherglen, in 1903
  • Arthur Tennant, aged 4, who settled in America from Scotland, in 1909
  • Amy Tennant, aged 23, who landed in America from Cambnstang, Scotland, in 1910
  • Annie Tennant, aged 38, who landed in America from Glasgow, Scotland, in 1912
  • Alexander Tennant, aged 24, who emigrated to the United States from Edinburgh, Scotland, in 1912
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Tennant Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century

  • James Tennant, who arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick aboard the ship "Protector" in 1834

Tennant Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • John Tennant, who arrived in Port Misery aboard the ship "Duchess of Northumberland" in 1839 [2]CITATION[CLOSE]
    State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) THE DUCHESS OF Northumberland - 1839. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1839DuchessOfNorthumberland.htm
  • Jessie Tennant, who arrived in Port Misery aboard the ship "Duchess of Northumberland" in 1839 [2]CITATION[CLOSE]
    State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) THE DUCHESS OF NORTHUMBERLAND - 1839. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1839DuchessOfNorthumberland.htm
  • Margaret Tennant, who arrived in Port Misery aboard the ship "Duchess of Northumberland" in 1839 [2]CITATION[CLOSE]
    State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) THE DUCHESS OF NORTHUMBERLAND - 1839. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1839DuchessOfNorthumberland.htm
  • Elizabeth Tennant, who arrived in Port Misery aboard the ship "Duchess of Northumberland" in 1839 [2]CITATION[CLOSE]
    State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) THE DUCHESS OF NORTHUMBERLAND - 1839. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1839DuchessOfNorthumberland.htm
  • Andrew Tennant, who arrived in Port Misery aboard the ship "Duchess of Northumberland" in 1839 [2]CITATION[CLOSE]
    State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) THE DUCHESS OF NORTHUMBERLAND - 1839. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1839DuchessOfNorthumberland.htm
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Tennant Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • E. G. Tennant, who arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "City of Auckland" in 1870

Contemporary Notables of the name Tennant (post 1700)


  • Donald G Tennant (1922-2001), American advertising executive, who invented "Tony the Tiger" and the "Marlboro Man"
  • Natalie E. Tennant, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from West Virginia, 2004, 2008; Secretary of State of West Virginia; Elected 2012
  • Leslie E. Tennant, American politician, Candidate for New York State Senate 37th District, 1936
  • John R. Tennant, American Republican politician, Alternate Delegate to Republican National Convention from Michigan, 1900
  • James B. Tennant, American politician, Member of New Hampshire State Senate 11th District, 1889-90
  • J. L. Tennant, American politician, Representative from Iowa 6th District, 1938
  • Hale Tennant, American politician, Candidate for U.S. Representative from Michigan 4th District, 1932
  • George H. Tennant, American Democrat politician, Alternate Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Kansas, 1952
  • George G. Tennant, American politician, Member of New Jersey State House of Assembly from Hudson County, 1900-02
  • Arthur Tennant, American politician, Prohibition Candidate for Connecticut State House of Representatives from New Haven, 1910, 1912
  • ... (Another 21 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Historic Events for the Tennant family



HMAS Sydney II

  • Mr. Ronald George Tennant (1914-1941), Australian Engine Room Artificer 3rd Class from Auburn, New South Wales, Australia, who sailed into battle aboard HMAS Sydney II and died in the sinking [3]CITATION[CLOSE]
    HMAS Sydney II, Finding Sydney Foundation - Roll of Honour. (Retrieved 2014, April 24) . Retrieved from http://www.findingsydney.com/roll.asp

The Tennant 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: Plena Dabit Deus Vela
Motto Translation: God will fill our sails.


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Citations


  1. ^ 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)
  2. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) THE DUCHESS OF NORTHUMBERLAND - 1839. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1839DuchessOfNorthumberland.htm
  3. ^ HMAS Sydney II, Finding Sydney Foundation - Roll of Honour. (Retrieved 2014, April 24) . Retrieved from http://www.findingsydney.com/roll.asp


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