Ainay History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms
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Early Origins of the Ainay family
The surname Ainay was first found in Lincolnshire where "Walter de Aincourt, who came from Aincourt, a lordship between Mantes and Magny [Normandy], where the remains of the ancient family castle still exists. Walter was cousin of Remigius, Bishop of Lincoln, the munificent builder of Lincoln Cathedral, and obtained, as his share of the spoil, no less that sixty-seven lordships in several counties, chiefly in Lincolnshire." 
"Walter d'Aincourt holds nearly sixty manors in Domesday [Book], chiefly in Lincolnshire, where Blankney was the head of his barony, and 'the Deyncourts flourished in a continual succession, from the coming-in of the Normans to the time of Henry VI.' All we known of Walter's lineage is derived from a leaden tablet inscribed to the memory of his son, William, which was found in 1670 in Lincoln Cathedral." 
In Derbyshire at Morton, another branch of the family was found. "The manor, previously given to Burton Abbey, belonged at the Domesday Survey to Walter Deincourt, and Roger Deincourt, in 1330, claimed a park here, and the right of having a gallows for the execution of criminals. The estate passed, with other lands, to the Leakes." 
"William, Lord d'Eyncourt worthily maintained its old renown. He was a stout and tried soldier, whose sword, like his master's, was but seldom in its sheath; for he followed Edward III. in his French and Scottish campaigns, fought in the great victory of Nevill's Cross, and was present at the taking of Calais. When a French invasion was threatened in 1352, he was appointed to defend the Lincolnshire coast; and with Lord Grey of Codnor, a Commissioner of array for the counties of Derby and Notts. Seven years later, he was among those commissioned to remove the captive King of France from Hertford Castle to Somerton Castle in Somersetshire. He died about 1382, and his successor was again a grandson, William, the father of Ralph and John, who each inherited the barony." 
Early History of the Ainay family
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Ainay Spelling Variations
Spelling variations of this family name include: D'Eyncourt, Daincourt, Danecourt, Deyncourt, Aincourt, Eyncourt, Anecourt, Encourt, Eincourt, Deycourt, Daycourt, Daincourt, Aisincourt, Agincourt, Asincourt, Aysincourt, Aizincourt, Azincourt, Ayncott, Ayncote, Ayncotts, Ayncourt, Ainycourt, Ayncourt, Ayncort, Lainey, Lainay, Ainay, Lainiez and many more.
Early Notables of the Ainay family (pre 1700)
Outstanding amongst the family at this time was William of the D'Eyncourts, who in 1421, "was retained by indenture to serve King Henry V. in his Warrs beyond sea...
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Migration of the Ainay family
Some of the first settlers of this family name or some of its variants were: Peter Lainey, who settled in Charles Town [Charleston], South Carolina in 1795; H. H. Doncourt, who settled in New York, NY in 1824; Elizabeth Doncourt, who arrived in New York, NY in 1824.
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- ^ Burke, John Bernard, The Roll of Battle Abbey. London: Edward Churton, 26, Holles Street, 1848, Print.
- ^ Cleveland, Dutchess of The Battle Abbey Roll with some Account of the Norman Lineages. London: John Murray, Abermarle Street, 1889. Print. Volume 1 of 3
- ^ Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.