Dancer History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The surname Dancer is a ancient Norman name that arrived in England after the Norman Conquest of 1066. Some instances of the surname are thought to have evolved from Middle English, Old French word "dance," meaning "dance;" and was an occupational name for a dancer or acrobat. [1] Some of this surname are thought to have evolved from the place name Ancere, in Normandy. [2]

Early Origins of the Dancer family

The surname Dancer was first found in the Hundredorum Rolls of 1273 which included: Hervey le Dansur, Norfolk; and Ralph Danser, Gloucestershire. [1] Over in Somerset, William le Dauncer was listed 1 Edward III (during the first year of the reign of Edward III.) [3]

Early History of the Dancer family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Dancer research. Another 64 words (5 lines of text) covering the years 1273, 1716, 1794, 1716, 1736, 1675, 1662, 1933, 1689, 1703, 1734, 1699, 1776, 1768, 1843, 1806, 1872, 1852 and 1933 are 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)

Outstanding amongst the family at this time was Daniel Dancer (1716-1794), the English miser, born at Pinner in 1716. "His grandfather and father were both noted in their time as misers, and are only less known to fame because their accumulation of wealth was not so great. The elder Dancer died in 1736, and Daniel, as the eldest of his four children, succeeded to his estate, which consisted of eighty acres of rich meadow land and of an adjoining farm called Waldos. Hitherto Dancer had given no manifestation of his miserly instincts, but now, in company...
Another 95 words (7 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Dancer Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Ireland Migration of the Dancer family to Ireland

Some of the Dancer family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
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United States 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 [4]
  • 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


The Dancer Motto +

The motto was originally a war cry or slogan. Mottoes first began to be shown with arms in the 14th and 15th centuries, but were not in general use until the 17th century. Thus the oldest coats of arms generally do not include a motto. Mottoes seldom form part of the grant of arms: Under most heraldic authorities, a motto is an optional component of the coat of arms, and can be added to or changed at will; many families have chosen not to display a motto.

Motto: Vincit qui patitur
Motto Translation: He conquers who endures.


  1. ^ Bardsley, C.W, A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6)
  2. ^ The Norman People and Their Existing Descendants in the British Dominions and the United States Of America. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1975. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0636-X)
  3. ^ Dickinson, F.H., Kirby's Quest for Somerset of 16th of Edward the 3rd London: Harrison and Sons, Printers in Ordinary to Her Majesty, St, Martin's Lane, 1889. Print.
  4. ^ "Birthday and New Year Honours Lists (1940 to 2019)." Issue 62310, 31 October 2019 | London Gazette, The Gazette, June 2018, https://www.thegazette.co.uk/London/issue/62310/supplement/B1


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