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Tinniswood History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms



The Anglo-Saxon name Tinniswood 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 Tinniswood family


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

Early History of the Tinniswood family


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

Tinniswood Spelling Variations


Before the last few hundred years, the English language had no fast system of spelling rules. For that reason, spelling variations are commonly found in early Anglo-Saxon surnames. Over the years, many variations of the name Tinniswood were recorded, including Tennyson, Tenison, Tennison and others.

Early Notables of the Tinniswood family (pre 1700)


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Migration of the Tinniswood family to Ireland


Some of the Tinniswood family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
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Migration of the Tinniswood family to the New World and Oceana


To escape oppression and starvation at that time, many English families left for the "open frontiers" of the New World with all its perceived opportunities. In droves people migrated to the many British colonies, those in North America in particular, paying high rates for passages in cramped, unsafe ships. Although many of the settlers did not make the long passage alive, those who did see the shores of North America perceived great opportunities before them. Many of the families that came from England went on to make essential contributions to the emerging nations of Canada and the United States. Research into various historical records revealed some of first members of the Tinniswood family emigrate to North America: John Tennison arrived in Philadelphia in 1850; John R. Tenison settled in Pennsylvania in 1850.

The Tinniswood 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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