The name Tennessen was spawned by the ancient Anglo-Saxon
culture that ruled a majority of Britain. It 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 Tennessen family
The surname Tennessen 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 Tennessen family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Tennessen 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 Tennessen History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Tennessen Spelling Variations
Tennessen has been spelled many different ways. Before English spelling became standardized over the last few hundred
years, spelling variations
in names were a common occurrence. As the English language changed in the Middle Ages, absorbing pieces of Latin and French, as well as other languages, the spelling of people's names also changed considerably, even over a single lifetime. Many variations of the name Tennessen have been found, including Tennyson, Tenison, Tennison and others.
Early Notables of the Tennessen family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Tennessen family to Ireland
Some of the Tennessen 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 Tennessen family to the New World and Oceana
In an attempt to escape the chaos experienced in England
, many English families boarded overcrowded and diseased ships sailing for the shores of North America and other British colonies. Those families hardy enough, and lucky enough, to make the passage intact were rewarded with land and a social environment less prone to religious and political persecution. Many of these families became important contributors to the young colonies in which they settled. Early immigration and passenger lists have documented some of the first Tennessens to arrive on North American shores: John Tennison arrived in Philadelphia in 1850; John R. Tenison settled in Pennsylvania in 1850.
Contemporary Notables of the name Tennessen (post 1700)
- Jacob A Tennessen PhD, American Evolutionary Geneticist at Oregon State University
- Tarjei Tennessen, Professor, Animal Behaviour at Dalhousie University, Canada
The Tennessen 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.