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Origin, popularity and meaning of the name TANNER

Origin

Tanner : 1: English (southern) and Dutch: occupational name for a tanner of skins Middle English tanner Middle Dutch taenre. The Middle English form derives from Old English tannere from Late Latin tannarius reinforced by Old French taneor from Late Latin tannator; both Late Latin forms derive from a verb tannare possibly from a Celtic word for the oak whose bark was used in the process.2: German: topographic name from Middle High German tan ‘woods pine forest’ for someone who lived near such terrain.3: German: habitational name for someone from any of several places called Tanne (in the Harz Mountains Bavaria East Prussia Switzerland) or Tann (Hesse Bavaria) Thann (Bavaria Austria Alsace) Tannen (southern Germany Switzerland) Thannen (Bavaria).4: Finnish: ornamental name from tanner ‘open field’. Adopted in the late 19th and early 20th centuries name-changing campaigns mainly in southern and southwestern Finland to replace Finnish and Swedish surnames (compare Laine 4).

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Source : DAFN2 : Dictionary of American Family Names 2nd edition, ©2022 by Patrick Hanks and Oxford University Press
FANBI : The Oxford Dictionary if Family Names in Britain and Ireland, ©2016, University of the West of England
FANBI : The Concise Oxford Dictionary of Family Names in Britain, ©2021, University of the West of England

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