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

The surname lacy comes from the place name Lassy, in Normandy.


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 Lacey, Lacy, Lassey, Lassy, de Lacey, de Lacy and others.

First found in Yorkshire, where Ibert de Lacy was granted the castle and town of Pontefract by William the Conqueror. There were at least two listings of the name in the Yorkshire Poll Tax Rolls of 1379: Robertus Lascey; and Isabella Lassy. [1]


This web page shows only a small excerpt of our lacy research. Another 285 words(20 lines of text) covering the years 1086, 1172, 1185, 1st , 1215, 1298, 1615 and 1681 are included under the topic Early lacy History in all our PDF Extended History products.


Another 173 words(12 lines of text) are included under the topic Early lacy Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.


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 lacy or a variant listed above were:

lacy Settlers in the United States in the 17th Century

  • William Lacy settled in Virginia in 1635
  • Rich Lacy, who arrived in Virginia in 1635
  • Win Lacy, aged 18, landed in Virginia in 1635
  • Eliza Lacy, who landed in Virginia in 1649
  • James Lacy, who arrived in Virginia in 1653

lacy Settlers in the United States in the 18th Century

  • Mary Lacy, who arrived in Virginia in 1717
  • Prissela Lacy, who landed in Virginia in 1719
  • John Lacy, who landed in Virginia in 1723

lacy Settlers in the United States in the 19th Century

  • Edward Lacy, who arrived in New York, NY in 1811
  • George Lacy, who arrived in New York in 1818
  • William Lacy, who arrived in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1850
  • Ed Lacy, aged 33, landed in Mobile, Ala in 1852
  • Lawrence, Michael, Nicholas, Patrick, Peter and William Lacy all arrived in Philadelphia between 1840 and 1860


  • Benjamin Watkins Lacy (1839-1895), American politician and jurist
  • Ed Lacy (1911-1968), American writer of crime and detective fiction
  • Elizabeth B. Lacy (b. 1945), first woman named to be a Justice of the Supreme Court of Virginia
  • Hugh De Lacy (1910-1986), American politician, member of the United States House of Representatives from 1945 to 1947
  • Jeff Lacy (b. 1977), American former International Boxing Federation super middleweight champion
  • Jennifer Lacy (b. 1983), American professional basketball player
  • Gerald LeRoy "Jerry" Lacy (b. 1936), American soap opera actor
  • Steve Lacy (1934-2004), American jazz saxophonist and composer
  • Venus Lacy (b. 1967), Gold Medal-winning American Olympic basketball player
  • James J. "Jim" Lacy (1926-2014), American basketball player



  • The Thomas Lacy III Family by Hubert Wesley Lacey.
  • Descendants of Lawrence and Catherine Monaghan Lacy by Patricia J. Rezek.


  1. ^ Bardsley, C.W, A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6)

Other References

  1. Markale, J. Celtic Civilization. London: Gordon & Cremonesi, 1976. Print.
  2. Shirley, Evelyn Philip. Noble and Gentle Men of England Or Notes Touching The Arms and Descendants of the Ancient Knightley and Gentle Houses of England Arranged in their Respective Counties 3rd Edition. Westminster: John Bowyer Nichols and Sons, 1866. Print.
  3. Marcharn, Frederick George. A Constitutional History of Modern England 1485 to the Present. London: Harper and Brothers, 1960. Print.
  4. Le Patourel, John. The Norman Empire. New York: Oxford University Press, 1976. Print. (ISBN 0-19-822525-3).
  5. Burke, Sir Bernard. General Armory Of England, Scotland, Ireland and Wales. Ramsbury: Heraldry Today. Print.
  6. Innes, Thomas and Learney. The Tartans of the Clans and Families of Scotland 1st Edition. Edinburgh: W & A. K. Johnston Limited, 1938. Print.
  7. Filby, P. William and Mary K Meyer. Passenger and Immigration Lists Index in Four Volumes. Detroit: Gale Research, 1985. Print. (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8).
  8. Egle, William Henry. Pennsylvania Genealogies Scotch-Irish and German. Harrisburg: L.S. Hart, 1886. Print.
  9. Bardsley, C.W. A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6).
  10. Hinde, Thomas Ed. The Domesday Book England's Heritage Then and Now. Surrey: Colour Library Books, 1995. Print. (ISBN 1-85833-440-3).
  11. ...

The lacy Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The lacy 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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