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The Tissand family has descended through the lines of the ancient Normans that came to England following their Conquest of England in 1066. The Tissand name reveals that an early member was a fiesty or hot-tempered person. The name is a metaphor derived from the Old French word tison meaning fire-brand. A broad and miscellaneous class of surnames, nickname surnames referred to a characteristic of the first person who used the name. They can describe the bearer's favored style of clothing, appearance, habits, or character.

Early Origins of the Tissand family


The surname Tissand was first found in Northumberland where they held a family seat from early times, where the name originally was Tesson, one of the most powerful families in Normandy seated at Angouleme. Their history is French more than Viking and they distinguished themselves against the Saracens in 725. They were later seated at Anjou and Raoul Tesson the first Lord of Cingueleiz led 120 knights at Val-Des-Dunes in 1047. Gilbert Tesson, his brother, obtained the barony of Alnwick from King Edward the Confessor, England's Saxon King, and was killed at the Battle of Hastings, fighting on the Saxon side.

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Early History of the Tissand family

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Early History of the Tissand family


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Another 163 words (12 lines of text) covering the years 1309, 1651, 1708 and 1680 are included under the topic Early Tissand History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Tissand Spelling Variations

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Tissand Spelling Variations


The English language only became standardized in the last few centuries. For that reason, spelling variations are common among many Anglo-Norman names. The shape of the English language was frequently changed with the introduction of elements of Norman French, Latin, and other European languages; even the spelling of literate people's names were subsequently modified. Tissand has been recorded under many different variations, including Tyson, Tesson, Tewson, Tiuson, Tison, Dyson and many more.

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Early Notables of the Tissand family (pre 1700)

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Early Notables of the Tissand family (pre 1700)


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Migration of the Tissand family to the New World and Oceana

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Migration of the Tissand family to the New World and Oceana


To escape the uncertainty of the political and religious uncertainty found in England, many English families boarded ships at great expense to sail for the colonies held by Britain. The passages were expensive, though, and the boats were unsafe, overcrowded, and ridden with disease. Those who were hardy and lucky enough to make the passage intact were rewarded with land, opportunity, and social environment less prone to religious and political persecution. Many of these families went on to be important contributors to the young nations of Canada and the United States where they settled. Tissands were some of the first of the immigrants to arrive in North America: Lewis Tyson who settled in Maryland in 1719; George Tyson settled in Virginia in 1642; Charles, Thomas, J. J.R. and Dr. Tyson all arrived in San Francisco Cal. in 1850.

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