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Where did the English Tankerville family come from? What is the English Tankerville family crest and coat of arms? When did the Tankerville family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Tankerville family history?

The history of the Tankerville family name begins after the Norman Conquest of 1066. They lived in Lincolnshire. Their name, however, is a reference to Tanerdevilla, Normandy, the family's place of residence prior to the Norman Conquest of England in 1066.

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Anglo-Norman names are characterized by a multitude of spelling variations. When the Normans became the ruling people of England in the 11th century, they introduced a new language into a society where the main languages of Old and later Middle English had no definite spelling rules. These languages were more often spoken than written, so they blended freely with one another. Contributing to this mixing of tongues was the fact that medieval scribes spelled words according to sound, ensuring that a person's name would appear differently in nearly every document in which it was recorded. The name has been spelled Tancerville, Tankerville, Tancarville, Tankarville, Tancarvill and many more.

First found in Lincolnshire where they held a family seat as Tenants-in- Chief and Lords of many Manors. This family has to be considered one of the premier Norman families of all time. Tradition has it that they are descended from Tancred who lived in 912 A.D. and whose fief in Normandy was named Tanerdevilla. Descended was Gerold, Sire de Tankcarville who had three sons, Ralph, who was Chamberlain and Guardian to William Duke of Normandy, Gerold, was Dapifer of Duke William, and Amaury. Ralph's son William was Treasurer to King Henry 1st, and Justice of England. He married Matilda, the daughter of William, the Viscount d'Arques. He had two sons, Rabel and Ralph. They held lands in Grantham, Oston and Somerly.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Tankerville research. Another 200 words(14 lines of text) covering the year 1137 is included under the topic Early Tankerville History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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More information is included under the topic Early Tankerville Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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For many English families, the political and religious disarray that plagued their homeland made the frontiers of the New World an attractive prospect. Thousands migrated, aboard cramped disease-ridden ships. They arrived sick, poor, and hungry, but were welcomed in many cases with far greater opportunity than at home in England. Many of these hardy settlers went on to make important contributions to the emerging nations in which they landed. Among early immigrants bearing the name Tankerville or a variant listed above were: Christopher Tancarvill who landed in North America in 1746.

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The Tankerville Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Tankerville Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

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