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Early Origins of the Dancaster family


The surname Dancaster was first found in Yorkshire where they held a family seat as Lords of the Manor. After the Battle of Hastings in 1066, William, Duke of Normandy, having prevailed over King Harold, granted most of Britain to his many victorious Barons. It was not uncommon to find a Baron, or a Bishop, with 60 or more Lordships scattered throughout the country. These he gave to his sons, nephews and other junior lines of his family and they became known as under-tenants. They adopted the Norman system of surnames which identified the under-tenant with his holdings so as to distinguish him from the senior stem of the family. After many rebellious wars between his Barons, Duke William, commissioned a census of all England to determine in 1086, settling once and for all, who held which land. He called the census the Domesday Book, [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds., Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8)
indicating that those holders registered would hold the land until the end of time. Hence, conjecturally, the surname is descended from the tenant of the lands of Doncaster, occupied Nigel Fossard from the Count of Mortain who was recorded in the Domesday Book census of 1086 jointly with Malger from the Percy.

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Early History of the Dancaster family

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Early History of the Dancaster family


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Dancaster Spelling Variations

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Dancaster Spelling Variations


Spelling variations of this family name include: Doncaster, Donecaster, Dancaster, Dancastere and many more.

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Early Notables of the Dancaster family (pre 1700)

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Early Notables of the Dancaster family (pre 1700)


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Migration of the Dancaster family to the New World and Oceana

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Migration of the Dancaster family to the New World and Oceana


Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Dancaster Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century

  • Thomas Dancaster, who arrived in Ontario in 1871

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  1. ^ Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds., Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8)

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