Tee Coat of Arms
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Origin, Meaning and Family History of the Tee Name
Origins of Tee:
This interesting name, with different spelling forms as Tey, Tye, Tea, etc., is of English geographical origin from residence by a large common meadow, (Old English “teag”, old English “tye”, a common meadow), or from an apartment near a river of piece of land enclosed by streams. The origin in the second case is from a misdivision of the Old English idiom “at(te)ea” which means “at a river.” The surname from the old origin was first listed in the second part of the 13th Century. One, Peter atte-tye, witness, shows in “The Norfolk Fine Court Rolls,” dated 1337. Robert atte Ea, The Assize Court Rolls of Staffordshire, (1351), was the first listed name ancestor from the next source. In some examples, the name may especially acquire from the apartment by The River Tees in North East England. In January 16366, Anna Tee, a new-born baby, named in St. Martin in the Fields, Westminster, London.
More common variations of the surname are: Teye, Taee, Tewe, Teie, Ttee, Tiee, Toee, Twee, Htee, Tyee.
The surname Tee first appeared in Nottingham where they were known as the Barons Tyes and even before the Success were a family great importance in that shire and the District of Rutland. However, one of the first recordings of the name appeared much further to the south at Mousehole in Cornwall. This place, which is also called Port Enys, is located on the western shore of Mount’s bay in the English Channel and although at present only a large fishing village, was previously of vital importance.
The very first recording spelling of the family was shown to be that of Hugh de la Tye, dated about 1273, in the “Hundred Rolls of Sussex.” It was during the time of King Edward I, who was known to be the “The Hammer of the Scots,” dated 1272-1307. The origin of surnames during this period became a necessity with the introduction of personal taxation.
Many of the people with surname Tee had moved to Ireland during the 17th century.
United States of America:
Individuals with the surname Tee landed in the United States in three different centuries respectively in the 17th, 19th, and 20th. Some of the people with the name Tee who arrived in the United States in the 17th century included Abigail Tee, who came to Virginia in the year 1665.
Individuals with the surname Tee who landed in the United States in the 18th century included James Tee, who arrived in America in 1811.
The following century saw more Tee surnames arrive. Some of the people with the name Tee who arrived in the United States in the 19th century included Ben Tee, who landed in Mississippi in 1901
People with the surname Tee who settled in Canada in the 18th century included Silvester Tee married at St. John’s, Newfoundland, in 1793.
Some of the individuals with the surname Tee who landed in Australia in the 19th century included Michael Tee arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship “Buckinghamshire” in 1839. George Tee arrived in South Australia in 1852 aboard the ship “Gloucester.”
Here is the population distribution of the last name Tee: Malaysia 55,244; Philippines 17,207; Nigeria 14,366; Myanmar 11,572; Singapore 6,842; Pakistan 3,017; Uganda 2,614; England 2,506; Ghana 2,476; United States 2,412.
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Tee Coat of Arms Meaning
The three main devices (symbols) in the Tee blazon are the chevron, rose and tiger. The two main tinctures (colors) are gules and argent.
Gules, the heraldic colour red is very popular, sometimes said to represent “Military Fortitude and Magnanimity”1The Symbolisms of Heraldry, W. Cecil Wade, George Redway, London, 1898 P36. It is usually abbreviated as gu and in the days before colour printing was shown in a system known as hatching by vertical lines 2Understanding Signs & Symbols – Heraldry, S. Oliver & G. Croton, Quantum, London, 2013, P52. Although it may look like a French word it is normally pronounced with a hard “g” and may be derived either from the Latin gula (throat) or Arabic gule (rose).3A Glossary of Terms used in British Heraldry, J.H. Parker, Oxford, 1847, P154
Argent is the heraldic metal Silver and is usually shown as very pure white. It is also known more poetically as pearl, moon (or luna) 4Understanding Signs & Symbols – Heraldry, S. Oliver & G. Croton, Quantum, London, 2013, P53. In a sketch or drawing it is represented by plain, unmarked paper 5A Glossary of Terms used in British Heraldry, J.H. Parker, Oxford, 1847, P11.
The chevron is one the major shapes used upon a shield, known as ordinaries. The inverted ‘V’ of the chevron is perhaps thought to have originated to represent a military scarf folded on the shield 6A Display of Heraldry, J. Guillim, Blome, London, 1679, (various), or additional cross-pieces used to strengthen the shield and painted a different colour.7The Pursuivant of Arms, J. R. Planche, Hardwicke, London 1859. It has also acquired the meaning of “Protection… granted… to one who has achieved some notable enterprise” 8The Symbolisms of Heraldry, W. Cecil Wade, George Redway, London, 1898 P45, possibly becuase of its resemblance to the roof truss of a house.
Natural objects abound in heraldry, and one category that gives especial delight are the many flowers and flowering plants that frequently occur 9A Complete Guide to Heraldry, A.C. Fox-Davies, Bonanza (re-print of 1909 Edition), New York, 1978, P262. The rose is also of this type, being drawn, at least a little, realistically and often to very pleasing effect. It has long been present in English heraldry, and as a badge and symbol played an enormous in English history throughout the conflict between rival dynasties known as the War of the Roses. In addition to these familial uses, Wade suggests that red roses signify “beauty and grace” and the white represents “love and faith”. 10The Symbolisms of Heraldry, W. Cecil Wade, George Redway, London, 1898 P132-133
In the mediaeval period there was no real percieved difference between real and mythical animals, after all, much of the world remained unknown and who was to say what strange and magical creatures existed in distant lands? 11A Complete Guide to Heraldry, A.C. Fox-Davies, Bonanza (re-print of 1909 Edition), New York, 1978, P191 The tiger is an interesting example here being named after a real animal but depicted in rather and mythical appearance. 12A Glossary of Terms used in British Heraldry, J.H. Parker, Oxford, 1894, Entry:Tiger Later arms came to use a more lifelike appearance and the usage of heraldic tiger and natual tiger arose to make the distinction. Wade tells us that the mythical bearing of such a creature signifies “great fierceness and valour when enraged” and suggests that we should be wary as the holder may be “one whosee resentment will be dangerous if aroused”! 13The Symbolisms of Heraldry, W. Cecil Wade, George Redway, London, 1898 P63