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TARRANT Family HistoryThis interesting and long-established surname is of Anglo-Saxon origin, and is a topographical name for someone living on the banks of the River Tarrant in Dorset. The river name was first recorded as "Terrente" in 935, and as "Tarente" in 1253. There are a number of interpretations of the (river) name, which derives from the same source as the River Trent. The name may be composed of the elements "tri", through, across, and "sant", travel or journey (from the Olde English pre 7th Century), or it may mean "traveller" or "trespasser", the latter referring to frequent flooding.
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