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

The name Percy reached England in the great wave of migration following the Norman Conquest of 1066. The Percy family lived in Yorkshire. Their name, however, is a reference to Percy, Normandy, the family's place of residence prior to the Norman Conquest of England in 1066.

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Before English spelling was standardized a few hundred years ago, spelling variations of names were a common occurrence. Elements of Latin, Norman French and other languages became incorporated into English throughout the Middle Ages, and name spellings changed even among the literate. The variations of the surname Percy include Percy, Percie and others.

First found in Yorkshire 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.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Percy research. Another 405 words(29 lines of text) covering the years 1403, 1364, 1403, 1403, 1343, 1403, 1560, 1605, 1341, 1408, 1362, 1367, 1564, 1632, 1586, 1631, 1602, 1668, 1646, 1690, 1667 and 1722 are included under the topic Early Percy History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Another 385 words(28 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Percy Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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In England at this time, the uncertainty of the political and religious environment of the time caused many families to board ships for distant British colonies in the hopes of finding land and opportunity, and escaping persecution. The voyages were expensive, crowded, and difficult, though, and many arrived in North America sick, starved, and destitute. Those who did make it, however, were greeted with greater opportunities and freedoms that they could have experienced at home. Many of those families went on to make important contributions to the young nations in which they settled. Early immigration records have shown some of the first Percys to arrive on North American shores:

Percy Settlers in the United States in the 17th Century


  • Abraham Percy, who arrived in Virginia in 1616
  • George Percy, who landed in Virginia in 1632
  • Edward Percy, who arrived in Virginia in 1633
  • Robert Percy settled in Virginia in 1634
  • Annis Percy settled in Barbados in 1635


Percy Settlers in the United States in the 18th Century


  • John Percy, who landed in Virginia in 1713
  • Francis Percy, who arrived in Georgia in 1735

Percy Settlers in the United States in the 19th Century


  • Barnd Elliott Percy, aged 26, arrived in South Carolina in 1812
  • Thomas Percy, who landed in San Francisco, California in 1851

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  • William Alexander Percy (1885-1942), American poet and writer
  • LeRoy Percy (1860-1929), United States Senator from Mississippi from 1910 to 1913
  • Charles Harting "Chuck" Percy (b. 1919), American Chairman of the Bell & Howell Corporation from 1949 to 1964 and United States Senator from Illinois from 1967 to 1985
  • Hugh Earl Percy (1742-1817), Duke of Northumberland and Brigadier General in the Battle of Lexington and Concord in the American Revolutionary War
  • Thomas Percy (1729-1811), English poet, Bishop of Dromore, editor of the Tatler, the Guardian, and the Spectator
  • Vice-Admiral Josceline Percy (1784-1856), Royal Navy officer who went on to be Commander-in- chief, The Nore


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The motto was originally a war cry or slogan. Mottoes first began to be shown with arms in the 14th and 15th centuries, but were not in general use until the 17th century. Thus the oldest coats of arms generally do not include a motto. Mottoes seldom form part of the grant of arms: Under most heraldic authorities, a motto is an optional component of the coat of arms, and can be added to or changed at will; many families have chosen not to display a motto.

Motto: Esperance en Dieu
Motto Translation: Hope in God.

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  2. Bradford, William. History of Plymouth Plantation 1620-1647 Edited by Samuel Eliot Morrison 2 Volumes. New York: Russell and Russell, 1968. Print.
  3. Burke, Sir Bernard. General Armory Of England, Scotland, Ireland and Wales. Ramsbury: Heraldry Today. Print.
  4. Markale, J. Celtic Civilization. London: Gordon & Cremonesi, 1976. Print.
  5. Bardsley, C.W. A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6).
  6. Thirsk, Joan. The Agrarian History of England and Wales. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press: 7 Volumes. Print.
  7. Library of Congress. American and English Genealogies in the Library of Congress. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1967. Print.
  8. Best, Hugh. Debrett's Texas Peerage. New York: Coward-McCann, 1983. Print. (ISBN 069811244X).
  9. Bullock, L.G. Historical Map of England and Wales. Edinburgh: Bartholomew and Son, 1971. Print.
  10. Passenger Lists of Vessels Arriving at Galveston Texas 1896-1951. National Archives Washington DC. Print.
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The Percy Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Percy 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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