This early medieval surname is job descriptive, either for a maker of head chains or ropes (tethers) or it may be a metonymic for a jailer or warder, one who 'tethered'. It is also possible that it was job descriptive for a stablehand, one responsible for tethering and feeding the horses. "Tether" derives from the French "tete" meaning "head", a word introduced by the Normans after the 1066 Invasion. Variations of the name include Tather, Tother, Tet(t)her, Tither and Tuther, and the name recordings include the following examples; Alys Tetther, christened on November 14th 1585, at the church of St. Andrew's Undershaft, London, whilst Edward Teather married Alys Bayle, at Christchurch, on October 11th 1583. It was also recorded in Solihull, Warwickshire on February 7th 1608, when Benjamin Tether was christened. He was the son of Richardi Tether, a saddler in the town, whilst Samuell Tetther and his wife Elizabeth were recorded at St Pauls Church, Deptford, on January 26th 1817, in the reign of King George 111, 1760 - 1820. The first recorded spelling of the family name is shown to be that of Christian Tether, which was dated February 4th 1544, recored at Christ Church, Greyfriars, London, during the reign of King Henry V111, known as 'Bluff King Hal', 1510 - 1547. Surnames became necessary when governments introduced personal taxation. In England this was known as Poll Tax. Throughout the centuries, surnames in every country have continued to "develop" often leading to astonishing variants of the original spelling.

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  • tether — [teth′ər] n. [ME < ON tjōthr, akin to OHG zeotar, wagon shaft] 1. a rope, cord, etc. fastened to something to prevent drifting, escape, etc.; specif., a rope or chain fastened to an animal so as to keep it within certain bounds 2. the limit of …   English World dictionary

  • tether — (n.) late 14c., rope for fastening an animal, probably from O.N. tjoðr tether, from P.Gmc. *teudran (Cf. Dan. tèir, Swed. tjuder, O.Fris. tiader, M.Du. tuder, Du. tuier line, rope, O.H.G. zeotar pole of a cart ), from PIE root *deu …   Etymology dictionary

  • tether — [n] fastening binding, bond, chain, cord, fetter, halter, harness, lead, leash, picket, restraint, rope, shackle; concept 475 tether [v] fasten batten, bind, chain, fetter, leash, manacle, moor, picket, restrain, rope, secure, shackle, tie;… …   New thesaurus

  • tether — ► NOUN ▪ a rope or chain with which an animal is tied to restrict its movement. ► VERB ▪ tie with a tether. ORIGIN Old Norse …   English terms dictionary

  • Tether — Teth er, n. [Formerly tedder, OE. tedir; akin to LG. tider, tier, Icel. tj[=o]?r, Dan. t[ o]ir. [root]64.] A long rope or chain by which an animal is fastened, as to a stake, so that it can range or feed only within certain limits. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Tether — Teth er, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Tethered}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Tethering}.] To confine, as an animal, with a long rope or chain, as for feeding within certain limits. [1913 Webster] And by a slender cord was tethered to a stone. Wordsworth. [1913… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • tether — index fix (make firm), handcuff, restrict, trammel Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006 …   Law dictionary

  • Tether — A tether is a cord that anchors something movable to a stationary point. There are a number of applications for tethers, but the primary use is limiting the movement of animals.Fact|date=February 2008 Uses for tethers*Animal husbandry, to tether… …   Wikipedia

  • tether — [[t]te̱ðə(r)[/t]] tethers, tethering, tethered 1) PHRASE: tether inflects, usu at PHR, v PHR If you say that you are at the end of your tether, you mean that you are so worried, tired, and unhappy because of your problems that you feel you cannot …   English dictionary

  • tether — I UK [ˈteðə(r)] / US [ˈteðər] verb [transitive] Word forms tether : present tense I/you/we/they tether he/she/it tethers present participle tethering past tense tethered past participle tethered to tie an animal or object to something so that it… …   English dictionary

  • tether — /ˈtɛðə / (say tedhuh) noun 1. a rope, chain, or the like, by which an animal is fastened, as to a stake, so that its range of movement is limited. 2. the utmost length to which one can go in action; the utmost extent or limit of ability or… …   Australian English dictionary

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