Tanet or Tannet is a surname. The French surname Tanet could be toponymic or a sobriquet in origin. +more Spelling variations of this family name include: Tanat, Tannat, Tanet, Tanett, Tanatt, Tannatt, or even Danet due to apophony, and many more. In the case of 'Tanet' several interpretations are possible. The surname can be traced back to the Old Breton "tanet" meaning "aflame", that could be a nickname for a nervous or irritated trait or as a corruption of the Common Celtic 'tan-arth' "high fire", derived from the place where the original bearer once resided, suggesting in this case "one who dwelt on the beacon or lighthouse".

Tanet could also be a corruption of the toponymic tanouët meaning oak grove (tannoed, which underwent a consonant mutation to tann-eto in Common Brittonic), and has the same root as Gaulish tanno- (oak tree), Latin tannum (oak bark) used in the tanning of leather, Old High German tanna (oak, fir, akin) from proto-Germanic tan, (needle, what sticks out) and Breton tann (oak tree). In Old French speaking regions it also meant brown cloth or the color of the tan and designated the manufacturer.

This surname is now spread all over France with concentrations in Brittany and Aquitaine, though the Aquitanian origin may differ. A toponymic term tannet is also found in Savoie, Switzerland, Alpes-Maritimes: tanne, tune, tannaz, taverno or tuna (cave, hole, den or vault). +more Tanné is also commonly found in Finistère.

A similar surname is also found in Irish sept of Ó Tanaidhe (Tanny, Tannay, Tanney, Tanie, Taney), part of the Clan Drugain (Tanaide, Tanaidhe, Tanaí (TAWN-ee/TAHN ee) meaning slender, subtle.

People

People with the name include: * Chantal Tanet, French writer and translator from Périgord * Marie-Thérèse Tanet, Wife of Jean-Baptiste de Sénac and mother of Gabriel Sénac de Meilhan * Louison Tanet, French wildwater canoeist * Abbé Taneth of Locminé, Breton monk who was forced to flee after the Saint-Sauveur abbay in Moréac was destroyed by Normans around 919, in 927 he settled in Berry. * Tannet of Pagan (859-904), king of Pagan dynasty of Burma * Steve Tannet, English musician and producer * Claire Tannett, Canadian figure skater

Places

Places with the name include: *Le Tanet *Tanet, a lieu-dit in Saint-Aubin-de-Branne *Tanet, a lieu-dit in Plœuc-sur-Lié *Tanet, a lieu-dit in Saint-Georges-sur-Renon *Le Tannet, a lieu-dit in Saint-James and Saint-Senier-de-Beuvron *Le Tannet, a lieu-dit in Saint-Pierre-sur-Dives *Le Tannet, a lieu-dit in Brée *village of Crec'h-Tanet now a lieu-dit was incorporated partly to Lannion by the order of September 11, 1822. From the Breton krec'h (height, mound) and tanet (lit, burned). +more *Les Villes Tanets, a lieu-dit in Yffiniac *Le Tanouët, a lieu-dit in Boqueho and Plouvara *Le Dannoët, a lieu-dit in Canihuel and Saint-Nicolas-du-Pélem *Le Dannoët, a lieu-dit in Lanrivain.

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