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

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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, French and other languages became incorporated into English through the Middle Ages, and name spellings changed even among the literate. The variations of the surname Tankersley include Tankersley, Tankesley, Tankisle, Tankersly, Tankerslie, Tankerslee and many more.

First found in South Yorkshire at Tankersley, a village and civil parish in the Metropolitan Borough of Barnsley which dates back to the Domesday Book where it was listed as Tancreslei and literally meant "woodland clearing of a man called Tata" having derived for the Old English personal name + ing + tun. [1] At that time, the land was held by Richard of Sourdeval and was quite small with 3 villagers and had enough land for 2 ploughs. [2]


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Tankersley research. Another 249 words(18 lines of text) covering the years 1510, 1600, 1455 and 1487 are included under the topic Early Tankersley History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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

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A great wave of immigration to the New World was the result of the enormous political and religious disarray that struck England at that time. Families left for the New World in extremely large numbers. The long journey was the end of many immigrants and many more arrived sick and starving. Still, those who made it were rewarded with an opportunity far greater than they had known at home in England. These emigrant families went on to make significant contributions to these emerging colonies in which they settled. Some of the first North American settlers carried this name or one of its variants:

Tankersley Settlers in the United States in the 20th Century


  • F E. Tankersley, aged 33, who landed in America, in 1910
  • Margaret Tankersley, aged 20, who settled in America from Pittsburgh, Kansas, in 1913
  • Susie Tankersley, aged 19, who emigrated to Greenwich, Conn., in 1921
  • J.G. Tankersley, aged 26, who emigrated to the United States, in 1921
  • James Tankersley, aged 25, who landed in America, in 1922

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  • Taylor Mark Tankersley (b. 1983), American Major League Baseball left-handed relief pitcher
  • Dennis Lee Tankersley (b. 1979), American Major League Baseball pitcher who played from 2002 through 2004 for the San Diego Padres
  • Richie Tankersley (b. 1952), American author
  • Samuel Tankersley, United States Army Lieutenant General
  • Ruth "Bazy" McCormick Miller Tankersley (1921-2013), nee McCormick, American noted breeder of Arabian horses
  • Lawrence William "Leo" Tankersley (1901-1980), American Major League Baseball catcher for the Chicago White Sox in 1925


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  1. ^ Mills, A.D., Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4)
  2. ^ Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds., Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8)

Other References

  1. Library of Congress. American and English Genealogies in the Library of Congress. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1967. Print.
  2. Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds. Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8).
  3. Chadwick, Nora Kershaw and J.X.W.P Corcoran. The Celts. London: Penguin, 1790. Print. (ISBN 0140212116).
  4. Burke, John Bernard Ed. The Roll of Battle Abbey. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  5. Colletta, John P. They Came In Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
  6. Dunkling, Leslie. Dictionary of Surnames. Toronto: Collins, 1998. Print. (ISBN 0004720598).
  7. Le Patourel, John. The Norman Empire. New York: Oxford University Press, 1976. Print. (ISBN 0-19-822525-3).
  8. Foster, Joseph. Dictionary of Heraldry Feudal Coats of Arms and Pedigrees. London: Bracken Books, 1989. Print. (ISBN 1-85170-309-8).
  9. 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).
  10. Burke, Sir Bernard. Burke's Genealogical and Heraldic History of the Landed Gentry: Including American Families with British Ancestry. (2 Volumes). London: Burke Publishing, 1939. Print.
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The Tankersley Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Tankersley 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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