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Dancastere Early Origins



The surname Dancastere 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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Dancastere Spelling Variations


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Dancastere Spelling Variations



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

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Dancastere Early History


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Dancastere Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Dancastere research. Another 239 words (17 lines of text) covering the years 1183, 1273, 1316, 1318 and 1450 are included under the topic Early Dancastere History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Dancastere Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Dancastere Early Notables (pre 1700)



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The Great Migration


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The Great Migration



Some of the first settlers of this family name or some of its variants were: Ann Doncaster, who arrived in Maryland in 1672; Richard Doncaster, who settled in New York, NY in 1826; Thomas Doncaster, who settled in Ontario in 1871.

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