Dancer History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The name Dancer reached England in the great wave of migration following the Norman Conquest of 1066. The Dancer family lived in Bedfordshire. The family was originally from Ancere, Normandy, and it is from this location that their surname derives.

Early Origins of the Dancer family

The surname Dancer was first found in Bedfordshire (Old English: Bedanfordscir), located in Southeast-central England, formerly part of the Anglo-Saxon kingdom of Mercia, where they held a family seat from very early times and were granted lands by Duke William of Normandy, their liege Lord, for their distinguished assistance at the Battle of Hastings in 1066 A.D.

Important Dates for the Dancer family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Dancer research. Another 64 words (5 lines of text) covering the year 1273 is included under the topic Early Dancer History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Dancer Spelling Variations

Before the advent of the printing press and the first dictionaries, the English language was not standardized. Sound was what guided spelling in the Middle Ages, so one person's name was often recorded under several variations during a single lifetime. Spelling variations were common, even among the names of the most literate people. Known variations of the Dancer family name include Dancer, Dansur, Danser, Dansar and others.

Early Notables of the Dancer family (pre 1700)

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Migration of the Dancer family to Ireland

Some of the Dancer family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
Another 30 words (2 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Dancer migration to the United States

To escape the political and religious chaos of this era, thousands of English families began to migrate to the New World in search of land and freedom from religious and political persecution. The passage was expensive and the ships were dark, crowded, and unsafe; however, those who made the voyage safely were encountered opportunities that were not available to them in their homeland. Many of the families that reached the New World at this time went on to make important contributions to the emerging nations of the United States and Canada. Research into various historical records has revealed some of first members of the Dancer family to immigrate North America:

Dancer Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • Thomas Dancer, who arrived in Barbados in 1671
Dancer Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • John Dancer, who settled in Virginia in 1731
  • William Dancer, who settled in Maryland in 1774
  • Brill Dancer who settled in Maryland in 1775

Contemporary Notables of the name Dancer (post 1700)

  • Ronald S. Dancer (b. 1949), American politician, member of the New Jersey General Assembly
  • Stanley Dancer (1927-2005), American harness racing driver and trainer
  • Sir Eric Dancer K.C.V.O., C.B.E., KStj, (b. 1940), born in Sheffield, British businessman, Founding Chairman of Devon and Cornwall Training and Enterprise Council, and Former Lord-Lieutenant of Devon from 1998-2015, was appointed Knight Commander of the Royal Victorian Order on 15th June 2013, for his work as Lord-Lieutenant [1]
  • Sir Amyrald Dancer, Baronet of Modreeny, Tipperary
  • Barry Dancer (b. 1952), Australian, Olympic field hockey player
  • John Benjamin Dancer (1812-1887), English photographer and inventor


  1. ^ "Birthday and New Year Honours Lists (1940 to 2019)." Issue 62310, 31 October 2019 | London Gazette, The Gazette, June 2018,
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