Recorded in a wide variety of spellings including Tackle, Tackel, Tickell, Tockell, Tocknell, and Tokell, this is a surname of Olde English pre 10th century origins. It is locational and is believed to derive from the village of Ticknall, in the county of Derbyshire, or possibly from some now "lost" medieval village of similar meaning and spelling. The first recording of the village is as "Ticenheale" in the famous charters known as "The Anglo-Saxon Chronicles". This was in the year 1002 A.D. during the reign of the infamous Aetherlred, the Unready. Later in the 1086 Domesday Book the village is given as Tichenhalle, whilst in the Middle Ages it moved towards its present spelling. The name translates as 'The place or house of Ticcen' with 'Ticcen' being a form of diminutive translating as 'the child' or 'son', a term of endearment. The later surname development has included examples such as Ann Tichnall, christened at St Margarets, Westminster, on June 1st 1609, William Tockell, christened at St Andrews church, Holborn, London, on August 27th 1615, and Katherin Tocknell who married Richard Currier on 26th November 1655, at St. Brides, Fleet Street, London. The first recorded spelling of the family name may be that of Jane Tackle, who married Henry Welshe, at St James church, Clerkenwell, London, on December 7th 1561. This was during the early part of the reign of Queen Elizabeth 1st of England, 1558 - 1603. Throughout the centuries, surnames in every country have continued to "develop", often leading to astonishing variants of the original spelling.
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