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  • Alexander Tennant, SV/PROG (1772 - 1814)
    SAG Volume13 Page 54 Incorrect dates given Birth c 1767 Ayr Scotland Arrived in SA Sept 1796 Birth 23 May 1772 Ochitree, Scotland Death 15 May 1814 Cape Town, Cape, South Africa Alexand...
  • Andrew Tennant (1835 - 1913)
    ) Andrew Tennant (20 June 1835 - 19 July 1913) was a Scottish-born Australian pastoralist, businessman and politician.
  • Anna Rebecca Brookover (1793 - 1877)
  • Sir Charles Tennant (1768 - 1838)
    Born at Laigh Corton, Alloway, Ayrshire to John Tennant (1725–1810) and his second wife Margaret McClure (1738–1784). The family had worked the land for generations and were friends with local poet R...
  • Clarissa Madeline Georgiana Felicite Tennyson (1896 - 1960)
    from thepeerage website: "From 18 August 1915, her married name became Bethell. From 27 March 1918, her married name became Tennyson. From 24 July 1928, her married name became Beck. On 1 August 1951 h...

About the Tennant surname

I have read that the name originates from that of the owner of a "Tenement", that is to say a house with multiple occupancy. Today we would use the term "Landlord". Derived from old French and used in the times of the Romans.

The surname seems to have started in Yorkshire England and the central belt of Scotland.

The earliest record is William Tenant de Crofton in the county of Linlithgowshire.

I suspect the Crofton could be todays Corston, a ruined farm of that name is linked by a half mile path to Linnhouse Tower home of Francis Tennant in the 16th centuary

My notes can be found at sorry not had time to copy to Geni yet.


Balázs Déri adds :

Tennant family might have got the name of Annet-Tenna , one of the sons of king Ed-Daya-Wa-Da , inspirer of some of Edda texts mentioning him as Odín , called perhaps as prince of Mauritania and of anttessar or tengeradiv tribe also A-War-a-Ma-yat.

He might have issued tennet and nándi tribes in Africa as well as some of náni and udi people in Asia all speaking somewhat similar languages respectively.

Jews and christians call them Natan and Dawid.

See Magyar,David,Wodianer,Vodnansky,Törzsök,Denkstein,Waldner,Vajda,Czigány,Rácz,László,Drust,Durst,Gáldy,Reuther,Mohoray,Antic,Kotromanic !