Tennant Family History

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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 Ethnicity Estimate

What are the common regions with the Tennant name?

These results combine data from everyone in the AncestryDNA® database with the last name Tennant. The Ancestry® ethnicity regions shown are top five most common on average for these people.

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  • England & Wales


  • Ireland & Scotland


  • Germanic Europe


  • Norway


  • Eastern Europe & Russia


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Tennant Family Origin

Where is the Tennant family from?

Tennant Family Occupations

What did your Tennant ancestors do for a living?

In 1880, a less common occupation for the Tennant family was Farming. The most common Tennant occupation in the USA was Farmer. 43% of Tennant's were Farmers. Farmer, Keeping House and Laborer were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Tennant.

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  • Farmer

  • Keeping House

  • Laborer

  • Farming


Census records can tell you a lot of little known facts about your Tennant ancestors, such as occupation. Occupation can tell you about your ancestor's social and economic status.

Tennant Historical Records

What Tennant family records will you find?

Census Record

There are 95,000 census records available for the last name Tennant. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Tennant census records can tell you where and how your ancestors worked, their level of education, veteran status, and more.

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Passenger List

There are 10,000 immigration records available for the last name Tennant. Passenger lists are your ticket to knowing when your ancestors arrived in the USA, and how they made the journey - from the ship name to ports of arrival and departure.

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Draft Card

There are 11,000 military records available for the last name Tennant. For the veterans among your Tennant ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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Tennant Life Expectancy

What is the average Tennant lifespan?

Between 1945 and 2004, in the United States, Tennant life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1945, and highest in 1998. The average life expectancy for Tennant in 1945 was 26, and 76 in 2004.

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An unusually short lifespan might indicate that your Tennant ancestors lived in harsh conditions. A short lifespan might also indicate health problems that were once prevalent in your family. The SSDI is a searchable database of more than 70 million names. You can find birthdates, death dates, addresses and more.

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