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Where did the English Tanksley family come from? What is the English Tanksley family crest and coat of arms? When did the Tanksley family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Tanksley family history?The name Tanksley was brought to England in the great wave of migration following the Norman Conquest of 1066. It comes from the ancient Norman given name Tancred.
A multitude of spelling variations characterize Norman surnames. Many variations occurred because Old and Middle English lacked any definite spelling rules. The introduction of Norman French to England also had a pronounced effect, as did the court languages of Latin and French. Therefore, one person was often referred to by several different spellings in a single lifetime. The various spellings include Tancred, Tancard, Tancert, Tancrette, Tankard and many more.
First found in Yorkshire where they held a family seat as Lords of the manor of Boroughbridge in that shire. They were descended from Tancred, son of the Good Marqis, who governed the principality of Antioch as Guardian of the Emperor Bohemond II. Tancred, whose barony was in Normandy in 912 A.D. was also the sire of the celebrated Tankervilles.
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Tanksley research. Another 175 words(12 lines of text) covering the years 1187, 1st , 1663, 1703, 1665, 1744 and 1759 are included under the topic Early Tanksley History in all our PDF Extended History products.
Another 77 words(6 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Tanksley Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.
Some of the Tanksley family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 35 words(2 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products.
Many English families left England, to avoid the chaos of their homeland and migrated to the many British colonies abroad. Although the conditions on the ships were extremely cramped, and some travelers arrived diseased, starving, and destitute, once in the colonies, many of the families prospered and made valuable contributions to the cultures of what would become the United States and Canada. Research into the origins of individual families in North America has revealed records of the immigration of a number of people bearing the name Tanksley or a variant listed above: Walter Tankard arrived in Virginia in 1716; William Tankard settled in Virginia in 1606; 14 years before the "Mayflower"; William Tankard settled in Maryland in 1774..
The Tanksley Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Tanksley 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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