This interesting name derives from the Olde French "Taillant" meaning "a cutting edge" and was a medieval nickname surname given to a good Swordsman. The modern name spellings include:- Talon, Tallin, Tallen, Tallyn and Tallant. The name development includes Francis Tallents, (1619 - 1708) who was a presbyterian divine, a supporter of the ill-fated Duke of Monmouth but who bought release from Prison at Chester by sending a purse of Gold to the equally ill-fated James II, 1685 - 1689. The name development incudes - Henry Tallen (Stepney - 1628) and Pierre Tallon, whose father was recorded as French Huguenot, he was baptised at Rider Court, Westminster in 1712. The first recorded spelling of the family name is shown to be that of Meredith Tallyne. which was dated 1584, Baptised at St. Nicholas Acons, London. during the reign of Queen Elizabeth I, Good Queen Bess, 1558 - 1603. 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.