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

Lucy is a name of ancient Norman origin. It arrived in England with the Norman Conquest of 1066. The Lucy family lived in Norfolk. Their name, however, derives from the family's place of residence prior to the Norman Conquest of 1066 of England, Luce in Orne in the bailiwick of le Passeis, near Domfront, Normandy.


Endless spelling variations are a prevailing characteristic of Norman surnames. Old and Middle English lacked any definite spelling rules, and the introduction of Norman French added an unfamiliar ingredient to the English linguistic stew. French and Latin, the languages of the court, also influenced spellings. Finally, Medieval scribes generally spelled words according to how they sounded, so one person was often referred to by different spellings in different documents. The name has been spelled Lucy, Luce, Lucey, Lucie and others.

First found in Norfolk where they held a family seat from very early times and were granted lands by Duke William of Normandy, their liege Lord, for their distinguished assistance at the Battle of Hastings in 1066 A.D.


This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Lucy research. Another 179 words(13 lines of text) covering the years 1st , 1592, 1667, 1647, 1658, 1594, 1677, 1660, 1677, 1585, 1640, 1614, 1640, 1619, 1677 and 1653 are included under the topic Early Lucy History in all our PDF Extended History products.


Another 139 words(10 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Lucy Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.


Some of the Lucy family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 41 words(3 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products.


To escape the political and religious persecution within England at the time, many English families left for the various British colonies abroad. The voyage was extremely difficult, though, and the cramped, dank ships caused many to arrive in the New World diseased and starving. But for those who made it, the trip was most often worth it. Many of the families who arrived went on to make valuable contributions to the emerging nations of Canada and the United States. An inquiry into the early roots of North American families reveals a number of immigrants bearing the name Lucy or a variant listed above:

Lucy Settlers in the United States in the 17th Century

  • John Lucy settled in Virginia in 1653 along with Margaret
  • Joane Lucy, who arrived in Virginia in 1653
  • Thomas Lucy, who arrived in Virginia in 1657
  • Wm Lucy, who landed in Virginia in 1658
  • Tho Lucy, who landed in Virginia in 1660

Lucy Settlers in the United States in the 18th Century

  • Robt Lucy, who arrived in Virginia in 1711
  • John Lucy, who landed in New England in 1750
  • William Lucy, who landed in America in 1793

Lucy Settlers in the United States in the 19th Century

  • Dennis Lucy, who landed in Mobile, Ala in 1860


  • Charles Lucy (1814-1873), English historical painter
  • Sir Henry William Lucy (1845-1924), English journalist
  • Gary Edward Lucy (b. 1981), English television actor and model
  • Sir Thomas Lucy (1532-1600), British magistrate and an evangelical in Charlecote near Stratford-on-Avon
  • Jeffrey John Lucy AO (b. 1946), former Chairman of the Australian Securities and Investments Commission
  • Judith Mary Lucy (b. 1968), Australian comedian



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

This page was last modified on 16 September 2014 at 12:44.

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