Origins Available: French, Irish
patronymic and metronymic surnames, which are derived from the name of the father and mother respectively, are the most common form of a hereditary surname in France, occupational surnames also emerged during the late Middle Ages. Many people, such as the Ternan family, adopted the name of their occupation as their surname. However, an occupational name did not become a hereditary surname until the office or type of employment became hereditary. The surname Ternan was a common name for a tenant farmer. Looking back further, we find the name Ternan was originally from the Old French word tenant, which referred to someone who lived on and farmed an area of land which was owned by someone else.
Early Origins of the Ternan family
Early History of the Ternan family
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Ternan Spelling Variations
Spelling variations of this family name include: Ternant, Ternants, Ternante, Ternantes, Ternan, Ternans, Ternane, Ternanes, Tairnant, Tairnants, Tairnante, Tairnantes, Tairenant, Tairenants, Tairenante, Tairenantes, Ternont, Ternonts, Ternonte, Ternontes, Ternon, Ternons, Ternone, Ternones, Ternond, Ternonds, Ternonde, Ternondes, de Ternant and many more.
Early Notables of the Ternan family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Ternan family to the New World and Oceana
Some of the first settlers of this family name were:
Ternan Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
Ternan Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
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