Guild of One-Name Studies
One-name studies, Genealogy
Category: 3 - A study where research using core genealogical datasets and transcriptions is well under way on a global basis.
Contact: Mr Roger Tatler
We started to trace our Tatler family in 1968 and quickly discovered there were others with the same name in the UK. Over the next 20 years we searched all records we could and made contact with all people we could with our name and gradually established several family groups.
In 1986 we published a 124 page book summarising our finds and sent a copy to every Tatler household we knew about free of charge and only asking for donations to cover the cost so that our research was passed on to as many of the Tatler family as we could find.
In 2008 after more searching and visits all over the world we updated our information and trees then published a 200 page book, "The History and Genealogy of the Tatler surname" which we sent to over 200 known Tatler households world wide.
We have found lots of spellings of the surname but basically the main name seems to be TATLER with a few others such as Tattler, Tatlar, Tatlor, Tatelar, and many phonetic variations.
Today 90% of us use the name TATLER and about 10% TATTLER.
There was an Anglo Saxon chief named Tytila in the 6th century , a Titteler in East Anglia in 1273 and 1275
The earliest mention of the name TATLER as we spell it today is in 1491 and 1498 one in London and one in Lincolnshire.
The earliest families seem to be in the east and gradually drifted west into the Midlands, with a few in London and the south.
The earliest family group we have is in Derbyshire from 1692 to 1739, and then in Kingsley, North Staffs. a family group that goes from 1720 up to today and accounts for nearly half the present family trees.
We have found a Tatler at Trafalgar, some in the Peninsular War and at Waterloo, in the Crimea, South Africa and other parts of the world.
In the Great War of 1914-18 seven Tatler men were killed and in the 1939-45 War eight Tatler men lost their lives in various countries.
In the 1841 census of 15,914,000 we have found 155 people named Tatler.
In the 1881 census of 25,974,000 we found 255 people named Tatler.
From these and other figures we think there is one Tatler in every 101,000 of the population in England.
Using other census figures and family groups we think there are about 24 families and about 500 people today.
Gradually spreading from the east coast in Lincolnshire into Nottinghamshire and Derbyshire then into Cheshire and the largest settlement in the Potteries of Staffordshire ,with some going south to London and the south coast. The first Tatler we have in the USA was in 1767 and to Australia in 1833, both sent as felons! There is also a family dating back to the early 1700`s in Romania and the Austro - Hungarian Empire.
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