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The Anglo-Saxon name Tennyson 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.

Tennyson Early Origins



The surname Tennyson was first found in Oxfordshire where they held a family seat from very ancient times, before and after the Norman Conquest in 1066.

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Tennyson Spelling Variations


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Tennyson Spelling Variations



One relatively recent invention that did much to standardize English spelling was the printing press. However, before its invention even the most literate people recorded their names according to sound rather than spelling. The spelling variations under which the name Tennyson has appeared include Tennyson, Tenison, Tennison and others.

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Tennyson Early History


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Tennyson Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Tennyson 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 Tennyson History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Tennyson Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Tennyson Early Notables (pre 1700)



Another 28 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Tennyson Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Tennyson In Ireland


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Tennyson In Ireland



Some of the Tennyson 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.

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The Great Migration


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The Great Migration



At this time, the shores of the New World beckoned many English families that felt that the social climate in England was oppressive and lacked opportunity for change. Thousands left England at great expense in ships that were overcrowded and full of disease. A great portion of these settlers never survived the journey and even a greater number arrived sick, starving, and without a penny. The survivors, however, were often greeted with greater opportunity than they could have experienced back home. These English settlers made significant contributions to those colonies that would eventually become the United States and Canada. An examination of early immigration records and passenger ship lists revealed that people bearing the name Tennyson arrived in North America very early: John Tennison arrived in Philadelphia in 1850; John R. Tenison settled in Pennsylvania in 1850.

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Contemporary Notables of the name Tennyson (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Tennyson (post 1700)



  • Lionel Tennyson (1889-1951), 3rd Baron Tennyson, English cricketer
  • Alfred Tennyson (1809-1892), English 1st Baron Tennyson, Poet Laureate of the United Kingdom
  • Pen Tennyson (1912-1941), British film director
  • Nick Tennyson, former mayor of Durham, North Carolina
  • David Tennyson (b. 1960), 6th Baron Tennyson
  • Harold Tennyson (1919-1991), 4th Baron Tennyson
  • Hallam Tennyson (1852-1928), 2nd Baron Tennyson, second Governor-General of Australia
  • Emily Tennyson (1813-1896), Baroness Tennyson, wife of Alfred Tennyson

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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.


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Citations


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Citations



    Other References

    1. Burke, Sir Bernard. General Armory Of England, Scotland, Ireland and Wales. Ramsbury: Heraldry Today. Print.
    2. Magnusson, Magnus. Chambers Biographical Dictionary 5th edition. Edinburgh: W & R Chambers, 1990. Print.
    3. Hanks, Hodges, Mills and Room. The Oxford Names Companion. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2002. Print. (ISBN 0-19-860561-7).
    4. Shirley, Evelyn Philip. Noble and Gentle Men of England Or Notes Touching The Arms and Descendants of the Ancient Knightley and Gentle Houses of England Arranged in their Respective Counties 3rd Edition. Westminster: John Bowyer Nichols and Sons, 1866. Print.
    5. Chadwick, Nora Kershaw and J.X.W.P Corcoran. The Celts. London: Penguin, 1790. Print. (ISBN 0140212116).
    6. Holt, J.C. Ed. Domesday Studies. Woodbridge: Boydell, 1987. Print. (ISBN 0-85115-477-8).
    7. Elster, Robert J. International Who's Who. London: Europa/Routledge. Print.
    8. Leeson, Francis L. Dictionary of British Peerages. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1986. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-1121-5).
    9. Shaw, William A. Knights of England A Complete Record from the Earliest Time to the Present Day of the Knights of all the Orders of Chivalry in England, Scotland, Ireland and Knights Bachelors 2 Volumes. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print. (ISBN 080630443X).
    10. Foster, Joseph. Dictionary of Heraldry Feudal Coats of Arms and Pedigrees. London: Bracken Books, 1989. Print. (ISBN 1-85170-309-8).
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    The Tennyson Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Tennyson Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

    This page was last modified on 25 March 2014 at 13:21.

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