Tullett History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The name Tullett was brought to England in the wave of migration that followed the Norman Conquest of 1066. Tullett is based on the Norman given name Tollet.

Early Origins of the Tullett family

The surname Tullett was first found in Staffordshire where they held a family seat, some say from about the 12th century. The name was derived from Tollet, a Norman noble who entered England after the Norman Conquest in 1066. The earliest recorded instance of the name appears to be of Walter Tulet in the 1219 in the Pipe Rolls for Northumberland. Other early references show Robert Tuylet in 1295 in Cornwall, and Robert Tuliet in 1361 in the Feet of Fines for Essex. [1]

"Henry Tullet and Gilian his wife in Kent, and Robert Tulleyt in Wiltshire, c. 1272 (Hundredorum Rolls). John Tolet is mentioned about 1380 in the county of Durham. Bernard Tulet held of Sir John de Baliol at Byvvell in Northumberland 1268." [2]

Early History of the Tullett family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Tullett research. Another 106 words (8 lines of text) covering the years 1771, 1771, 1674, 1741, 1701, 1694, 1754, 1719 and 1718 are included under the topic Early Tullett History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Tullett Spelling Variations

Before the last few hundred years the English language had no fixed system of spelling rules. For that reason, spelling variations occurred commonly in Anglo Norman surnames. Over the years, many variations of the name Tullett were recorded, including Tollet, Tolle, Tolley, Tolly, Tollie, Tollye, Tulet, Tullet and many more.

Early Notables of the Tullett family (pre 1700)

Outstanding amongst the family at this time was Jethro Tull (1674-1741), an English agricultural pioneer born in Basildon, Berkshire who helped bring about the British Agricultural Revolution, he perfected a horse-drawn seed drill in 1701 that economically sowed the seeds in neat rows, eponym of the British...
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United States Tullett migration to the United States +

The unstable environment in England at this time caused numerous families to board ships and leave in search of opportunity and freedom from persecution abroad in places like Ireland, Australia, and particularly the New World. The voyage was extremely difficult, however, and only taken at great expense. The cramped conditions and unsanitary nature of the vessels caused many to arrive diseased and starving, not to mention destitute from the enormous cost. Still opportunity in the emerging nations of Canada and the United States was far greater than at home and many went on to make important contributions to the cultures of their adopted countries. An examination of many early immigration records reveals that people bearing the name Tullett arrived in North America very early:

Tullett Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • William Tullett, who settled in Maryland in 1678
Tullett Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • John Tullett, who settled in Virginia in 1703
  • Hannah Tullett, who arrived in Virginia in 1703 [3]
  • John Tullett, who landed in Virginia in 1703 [3]

Contemporary Notables of the name Tullett (post 1700) +

  • Ed Tullett (b. 1993), English producer and songwriter from Oxford, known for his work with Novo Amor, Lissom and Hailaker
  • Andrew Tullett, English Professor at the School of Biosciences, University of Birmingham, England
  • Derek Tullett, British co-founder of Tullett & Riley in 1971, a foreign exchange broker trading firm, now known as TP ICAP Group plc
  • Eric Vivian "Tom" Tullett (1915-1991), renowned British Crime Journalist who adopted the name Tom when he joined the National News Desk as a Crime Reporter, former Chief of the Daily Mirror's Crime Bureau, one of the last investigative journalists of his day
  • Hayley Tullett (b. 1973), née Parry, a Welsh bronze medalist in the 1500m final at the 2003 World Championships and competitor for Great Britain in two Olympic Games (2000 and 2004)

The Tullett 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: Prudentia in adversis
Motto Translation: Prudence in adversity.

  1. ^ Reaney, P.H and R.M. Wilson, A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X)
  2. ^ Cleveland, Dutchess of The Battle Abbey Roll with some Account of the Norman Lineages. London: John Murray, Abermarle Street, 1889. Print. Volume 3 of 3
  3. ^ 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)

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