I have extracted again all available TANT &variant data.
I have not fully analysed it; but it is already clear that it substantiates my original finding, that the TANT name as we know it originated in Warwickshire.
Warwickshire has - Earliest record/s
Substantial records for the first 1oo years
England has - By far the most records.
Virtually none of the given names are obviously non-English, particularly in the early records.
The claim by Mark Tant for Belgium and Flanders is not supported at present by any records at all, which is surprising given that there are some TANTS recorded in South/Zuid Holland and in North/Nord France.
With Belgium sandwiched between, one would expect to find some in BELGIUM (my error previous message AD); but none have come to light in the genealogical sources, although there are a few, about 15, in the present-day phone directory.