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TATE Family HistoryRecorded as Tate and Tait, this is an Anglo-Scottish surname. It is however probably of Norse-Viking origin, deriving from the pre 7th century Old Norse word "teitr", meaning glad or cheerful. In its home country it is recorded as the personal name "Teitr", and appears in the Icelandic saga called "Landnamabok". As Tait the name was first recorded in Scotland in 1329 when a debt due by the king was paid to Thomas Tayt, although. Nicholas Tate is recorded even earlier in the Hundred Rolls of Cambridgeshire, England, in the Hundred Rolls of landowners, in the year 1279. It would seem that according to ancient surviving rolls of Scotland that between the years 1362 and 1370 there are a number of entries of payment of pension to one John Tayt, a clerk who was connected with the hospital of Montrose...
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