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Tennant Name Meaning

Scottish and English: status name for a farmer who held his land from an overlord by obligations of rent or service, from Old French, Middle English tenant (present participle of Old French tenir ‘to hold’, Latin tenere). This was the normal situation for landholders in the Middle Ages, since in the feudal system all land belonged ultimately to the king and use of it was granted in return for financial or military support.

Source: Dictionary of American Family Names ©2013, Oxford University Press

Similar surnames: Tennent, Annand, Servant, Kennard, Dechant, Denning, Jennett, Tenner

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Tennant Family Origin

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Tennant Family Occupations

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  • Farmer

  • Carpenter

  • Farmer Son

  • Blacksmith


In 1881, a less common occupation for the Tennant family was Blacksmith. The most common Tennant occupation in Canada was Farmer. 45% of Tennant's were Farmers. Farmer, Carpenter and Farmer Son were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Tennant.

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Tennant Historical Records

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Tennant Life Expectancy

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