Last name: Talbot

This distinguished surname is recorded in many forms including the popular Talbot, and the more unusual Talboy, Tallboy and Tallboys, is both English and French, but of Old French origins, pre 7th century origins. It is claimed to have two distinct possible origins, each with its own history and derivation. Firstly it may derive from the French male given name "Talebod", itself from the Old German "Talabod", and a compound of the elements "tal", meaning to destroy, with "bod", the meaning of "tidings", and hence the "messenger of destruction", a suitably war-like name for the ever-warring Dark Ages. As a personal name, this was introduced into England by the Normans after the Conquest of 1066, and a Talebod de Neweham is noted in the 1146 Book of Seals for Essex. The second possibility is that Talbot derives from the Old French "talebot", a nickname for bandits who blackened their faces to avoid recognition, "talebot" meaning "lampblack" in the dialect of Normandy. The surname has the distinction of being first recorded in the Domesday Book (see below), whilst an Irish family of the name who have held the earldoms of Shrewsbury and Waterford since the 15th Century, trace their descent from Richard Talbott, mentioned in the Domesday Book of 1086 for Bedfordshire. Batholome Talboys was christened at the church of St Mary Woolnoth in the city of London, on June 24th 1549, whilst Anne Tallboys the daughter of William Tallboys was christened at the church known as St Sepulchre, also in the city of London, on November 21st 1793. The first recorded spelling of the family name is shown to be that of Geoffrey Talebot. This was dated 1086, in the Domesday Book of Essex, during the reign of King William 1st of England, 1066 - 1087. Throughout the centuries, surnames in every country have continued to "develop" often leading to astonishing variants of the original spelling.

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James Talbot
Interesting and I have done a lot of research on the family name. I am an Irish Talbot from Skryne in Co, Meath a Talbot manor since around 1200. The family is of Norman origin and from Wassunville in Normandy. The Normans were not French but 'hommes du Nord' from which Normany is derived - Nordhommes and a warlike Vking race. Talbot is from the old Norse 'Talebot' which means Wild Dog or Ravaging Wolf. This would be substantiated by the introductiom of a now extinct hunting dog into France known as the Talbot - pronounced Talbow in France.

Carole Talbott
My husband is a Talbott and his father came from Missouri to California. I cannot trace the name any farther than a John E. Talbott who was born in Ohio in 1831 and moved to Missouri. I can trace the maternal side back a long way, but would like to learn more about the Talbotts.

Sean Talbot
I am from a line that has been in Illinois for a few generations.... and before then our line came from New York. I know that the furthest I've found my line is that it goes back to Jarid Talbot (1622-1686)

José Rolan Talbott Muñoz
Hi I am one descendant from the Arthur Benjamin Talbott Rabateaud (1876-1962) who lives and dies in San Pedro Sula, Honduras, and who is the first Talbott born in Central America. We had been able to trace Arthur´s father Edward who supposedly born in a ship on the way to America, and also Edward´s father George, who came from Europe in the middle of 19th century. According to some research, after the death of Edward in his twenties due to the yellow fever, George took a ship back and left his grandson Arthur Benjamin under the care of a Hepburn family in my country. When Arthur Benjamin reach the adulthood he pass his story to his sons, grandsons, etc. but he only knew one uncle (Edward brother) who lives in Jamaica and who apparently is the first Talbott in that Country. I would like to know other Talbotts in America, and if is possible trace back our roots from George ancestors. If you notice by my name, I am Latin, (Spanish spoken) Regards RT

Jonny Talbott
My dad would tell me stories the he heard growing up from his father about our name. This is the story as it was told to me. " Jonny it is time that you learn of the Talbotts. Our ancestors were Vikings. Now each Viking family had their trade. Some skill or duty that could be passed on from father to son. Our family had two trades. One was a skill and honor and the second is a curse that still haunts Talbotts across the globe no matter how they spell their name. The skill that honored our family was that we guarded the death dogs. These death dogs would be unleashed after a battle had taken place, and go to anyone still on the battle field dead or alive and crush their windpipes. This would ensure that the warriors died an honorable death and grant them entrance into Valhalla. Those who were still alive knew that this dog was a messenger of death.

Does the TOLBART falls in with this Talbot line too? My gg-grandfather John Arthur Tolbart was born in Bowling Green, Warren, Kentucky abt 1845. He died with my great-grandmother was very young. I'm having trouble of finding his parents.

In ancestry, Hestor Talbot is listed as being born in 1620, Anne Arundel, Maryland. Married Henry Caplin, but he died young. She married Thomas Besson and they had a lot of children. After his death, she married Thomas Sutton. She died in 1692 in Anne Arundel, Maryland. Does anyone have factual info about a Talbot ancestor that could be her father - Maryland, 1620?


My maiden name is Talbot. My great-grandpa came to the states in 1888 from England on the "New Yorker". I wonder if we're all related in some way.


I have been trying to find more out about my last name (Talbott) but I cant get very far. I know my Grandpa Neil Parker Talbott Sr. was born Sep 11, 1912 and died Dec 11, 1993. I was 7 months old and I would like to know more about us.

Debbie Talbot J
Fascinating stories! My Talbot line is from England. My Great Grandfather Robert Talbot came from England around 1890. I haven't found his passage yet but did find his family in England after connecting with a new cousin thru dna who had most of the information I needed. I grew up in Houston,TX and the only Talbot names in the phone book when I was young were all related to us.

Are the sources you use for your research documented somewhere on the website? Thanks!

Lindsay Ogden Talbot
My maiden name was Talbot and my fathers family came from Lowestoft in Suffolk UK ...

Jan Talbot
My family line in America starts in 1699 with Matthew Talbot. Over many years my ancestors migrated down to Georgia and established Talboton in Talbot County, Georgia, eventually moving across Alabama then into Arkansas. I am also interested in the Viking story since I've never heard that twist. I have heard about the dogs but not in that respect.

Melissa Talbot
Hey I'm Melissa Talbot and I live in the bay area in California, but i have lots of family in upstate New York because my dad moved out to California for college.

Jon Walker
My mother's maiden name was Talbot, and her father came to Canada from Ireland just after the first world war.

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