The ancestors of the Dancay family brought their name to England
in the wave of migration after the Norman Conquest
of 1066. They lived in Wiltshire
. The family was originally from Anizy, in Calvados, Normandy
, and it is from this location that their surname derives. The name would have stood D'Anizy, which means from Anizy. CITATION[CLOSE]
Lowe, Mark Anthony, Patronymica Britannica, A Dictionary of Family Names of the United Kingdom. London: John Russel Smith, 1860. Print.
Early Origins of the Dancay family
The surname Dancay was first found in Wiltshire
where Richard de Dauntesye was one of the first records of the name as listed in the Hundredorum Rolls
of 1273. The same rolls listed Peter de Dauntesy in Berkshire. CITATION[CLOSE]
Bardsley, C.W, A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6)
West Lavington in Wiltshire
"was for many generations the property of the Dauntsey family, of whom William Dauntsey, a younger son, was alderman of London in 1542." CITATION[CLOSE]
Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.
He would later found and endow an almshouse, and a grammar school there. The church contains the sepulchral chapel of the Dauntsey family. Through marriage the property passed to the Danvers family.
Early History of the Dancay family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Dancay research.Another 156 words (11 lines of text) covering the years 1242, 1348, 1349, 1632 and 1542 are included under the topic Early Dancay History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Dancay Spelling Variations
Before the last few hundred
years the English language had no fixed system of spelling rules. For that reason, spelling variations
occurred commonly in Anglo Norman surnames. Over the years, many variations of the name Dancay were recorded, including Dancey, Dauncy, Dauncey, Dauntsey, Dance, Dancie, Dauncie, Dauntsie and many more.
Early Notables of the Dancay family (pre 1700)
Migration of the Dancay family to Ireland
Some of the Dancay family moved to Ireland
, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. More information about their life in Ireland
is included in all our PDF Extended History products
and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Dancay family to the New World and Oceana
The unstable environment in England
at this time caused numerous families to board ships and leave in search of opportunity and freedom from persecution abroad in places like Ireland
, and particularly the New World. The voyage was extremely difficult, however, and only taken at great expense. The cramped conditions and unsanitary nature of the vessels caused many to arrive diseased and starving, not to mention destitute from the enormous cost. Still opportunity in the emerging nations of Canada and the United States was far greater than at home and many went on to make important contributions to the cultures of their adopted countries. An examination of many early immigration records reveals that people bearing the name Dancay arrived in North America very early: John Dancy who settled in Virginia in 1621; and later Henry Dancey who settled in the same colony in 1697; Gilbert Dance settled in New Orleans in 1822..