Early Origins of the Than family
The surname Than was first found in Essex
where they held a family seat
as Lords of the Manor. After the Battle of Hastings in 1066, William, Duke of Normandy
, having prevailed over King Harold, granted most of Britain to his many victorious Barons. It was not uncommon to find a Baron
, or a Bishop, with 60 or more Lordships scattered throughout the country. These he gave to his sons, nephews and other junior lines of his family and they became known as under-tenants. They adopted the Norman system of surnames which identified the under-tenant with his holdings so as to distinguish him from the senior stem of the family. After many rebellious wars between his Barons, Duke William, commissioned a census of all England
to determine in 1086, settling once and for all, who held which land. He called the census the Domesday Book
Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds., Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8)
indicating that those holders registered would hold the land until the end of time. Hence, conjecturally, the surname is descended from the tenant
of the lands of Stapleford Abbots at St.Edmunds Abbey who was recorded by the Baron
Robert Gernon and Nigel in the Domesday Book
census of 1086.
Early History of the Than family
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Than Spelling Variations
of this family name include: Thany, Than, Thaney, Thainy, Thaine, Thayne and others.
Early Notables of the Than family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Than family to the New World and Oceana
Some of the first settlers of this family name were:
Than Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
- Carol Than went to Texas at the age of 24
- Antoine Than went to America in 1847 when he was 18
- G. Than who settled in New York in 1849
- Gottlieb Than, aged 59, who landed in New York, NY in 1849 CITATION[CLOSE]
Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
Than Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
- Max Than went to Illinois, much later, in 1901