Tennet is a name of ancient Norman origin. It arrived in England
with the Norman Conquest
of 1066. The Tennet family lived in Sussex
. The family was originally from D'Anet, in Normandy
The Norman People and Their Existing Descendants in the British Dominions and the United States Of America. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1975. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0636-X)
which is now home to the Château d'Anet, a château near Dreux, built by Philibert de l'Orme from 1547 to 1552.
Early Origins of the Tennet family
The surname Tennet was first found in Sussex
where they held a family seat
from very early times. However, the Hundredorum Rolls
of 1273 record the first listings of the name: Alicia Denet in Bedfordshire; and Robert Dynot in Oxfordshire
Bardsley, C.W, A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6)
Regardless of this early roll, Sussex
has traditionally held the greatest listings of the name through history.
Early History of the Tennet family
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Tennet Spelling Variations
Endless spelling variations
are a prevailing characteristic of Norman surnames. Old and Middle English lacked any definite spelling rules, and the introduction of Norman French added an unfamiliar ingredient to the English linguistic stew. French and Latin, the languages of the court, also influenced spellings. Finally, Medieval scribes generally spelled words according to how they sounded, so one person was often referred to by different spellings in different documents. The name has been spelled Dennette, Dennett, Denett, Dennet, Denet and others.
Early Notables of the Tennet family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Tennet family to the New World and Oceana
To escape the political and religious persecution within England
at the time, many English families left for the various British colonies abroad. The voyage was extremely difficult, though, and the cramped, dank ships caused many to arrive in the New World diseased and starving. But for those who made it, the trip was most often worth it. Many of the families who arrived went on to make valuable contributions to the emerging nations of Canada and the United States. An inquiry into the early roots of North American families reveals a number of immigrants bearing the name Tennet or a variant listed above: John Dennett who settled in Maine in 1630; Samuel Dennett and his wife Susannah arrived in west New Jersey in 1664; Alexander Dennett arrived in Maine in 1630.
Contemporary Notables of the name Tennet (post 1700)
- Germain-Felix Tennet de Laubadère, French Brigadier General during the French Revolutionary and Napoleonic Wars from 1789 to 1815 CITATION[CLOSE]
Generals Who Served in the French Army during the Period 1789-1815. (Retrieved 2015, October 23) Germain-Felix Tennet. Retrieved from http://www.napoleon-series.org/research/c_frenchgenerals.html
- Joseph Marie Tennet de Laubadère, French Divisional General during the French Revolutionary and Napoleonic Wars from 1789 to 1815 CITATION[CLOSE]
Generals Who Served in the French Army during the Period 1789-1815. (Retrieved 2015, March 30) Joseph Tennet. Retrieved from http://www.napoleon-series.org/research/c_frenchgenerals.html
- Germain Félix Tennet de Laubadère, French Divisional General during the French Revolutionary and Napoleonic Wars from 1789 to 1815 CITATION[CLOSE]
Generals Who Served in the French Army during the Period 1789-1815. (Retrieved 2015, March 30) Germain Tennet. Retrieved from http://www.napoleon-series.org/research/c_frenchgenerals.html
The Tennet 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: Per Dei providentiam
Motto Translation: By God's providence.