The name Tenniswood is from the ancient Anglo-Saxon
culture of the Britain and 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 Tenniswood family
The surname Tenniswood 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 Tenniswood family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Tenniswood 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 Tenniswood History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Tenniswood Spelling Variations
The first dictionaries that appeared in the last few hundred
years did much to standardize the English language. Before that time, spelling variations
in names were a common occurrence. The language was changing, incorporating pieces of other languages, and the spelling of names changed with it. Tenniswood has been spelled many different ways, including Tennyson, Tenison, Tennison and others.
Early Notables of the Tenniswood family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Tenniswood family to Ireland
Some of the Tenniswood 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 Tenniswood family to the New World and Oceana
Thousands of English families in this era began to emigrate the New World in search of land and freedom from religious and political persecution. Although the passage was expensive and the ships were dark, crowded, and unsafe, those who made the voyage safely were rewarded with opportunities unavailable to them in their homeland. Research into passenger and immigration lists has revealed some of the very first Tenniswoods to arrive in North America: John Tennison arrived in Philadelphia in 1850; John R. Tenison settled in Pennsylvania in 1850.
The Tenniswood 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.