Origin of the Name Tanner
The ancient history of the name Tanner
was found in the allfamilycrests.com archives. Variants of Tanner incude Tann and Tannor. This is an occupational name from the trade of 'the tanner', one who tanned leather or worked with skins or hides. This name is of English descent and is found in many ancient manuscripts in the above country. Examples of such are an Elfer Tanner, of Sussex, who was recorded in the 'Hundred Rolls', England, in the year 1273 and a Philip le Tannour, of Huntingdonshire, who was also recorded in the same year in this ancient document. Names were recorded in these ancient documents to make it easier for their overlords to collect taxes and to keep records of the population at any given time. When the overlords acquired lands by either force or gifts from their rulers, they created charters of ownership for themselves and their vassals. In Ireland this name was introduced by settlers from England and Scotland into Ulster Province, especially during the seventeenth century.
The Tanner coat of arms came into existence centuries ago. The process of creating coats of arms (also often called family crests) began in the eleventh century although a form of Proto-Heraldry may have existed in some countries prior to this. The new art of Heraldry made it possible for families and even individual family members to have their very own coat of arms, including all Tanner descendants.