Dancey is a name whose history on English soil dates back to the wave of migration that followed the Norman Conquest
of 1066. The Dancey family 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 Dancey family
The surname Dancey 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 Dancey family
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Dancey Spelling Variations
Anglo-Norman names are characterized by a multitude of spelling variations
. When the Normans
became the ruling people of England
in the 11th century, they introduced a new language into a society where the main languages of Old and later Middle English had no definite spelling rules. These languages were more often spoken than written, so they blended freely with one another. Contributing to this mixing of tongues was the fact that medieval scribes spelled words according to sound, ensuring that a person's name would appear differently in nearly every document in which it was recorded. The name has been spelled Dancey, Dauncy, Dauncey, Dauntsey, Dance, Dancie, Dauncie, Dauntsie and many more.
Early Notables of the Dancey family (pre 1700)
Migration of the Dancey family to Ireland
Some of the Dancey 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 Dancey family to the New World and Oceana
For many English families, the political and religious disarray that plagued their homeland made the frontiers of the New World an attractive prospect. Thousands migrated, aboard cramped disease-ridden ships. They arrived sick, poor, and hungry, but were welcomed in many cases with far greater opportunity than at home in England
. Many of these hardy settlers went on to make important contributions to the emerging nations in which they landed. Among early immigrants bearing the name Dancey or a variant listed above were:
Dancey Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
- Henry Dancey who settled in the same colony in 1697
Contemporary Notables of the name Dancey (post 1700)
- John Christopher Dancey, British educator