1) From an Old Norse word which meant ‘point’ which could be applied to ‘points’ or spits of land in place-names, for example Tang (Felliscliffe) and Tang Hall (Osbaldwick). In connection with cutlery it referred to the metal extension by which a blade is fitted into its handle, and in this sense it is on record from the fifteenth century.

1483 'A Tange of A knyfe'.

dates 1483

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