Dancock is a name of ancient Norman origin. It arrived in England
with the Norman Conquest
of 1066. Dancock is a name that comes from the ancient Norman given name Tancred.
Early Origins of the Dancock family
The surname Dancock was first found in Yorkshire
where they held a family seat
as Lords of the manor of Boroughbridge in that shire. They were descended from Tancred, son of the Good Marqis, who governed the principality of Antioch as Guardian of the Emperor Bohemond II. Tancred, whose barony was in Normandy
in 912 A.D. was also the sire of the celebrated Tankervilles. Whixley in the West Riding of Yorkshire
was home to one branch of the family. "The living [of Whixley] is a perpetual curacy, valued in the king's books at £7. 17. 1.; net income, £68; patrons and impropriators, the Governors of the Tancred charities. Christopher Tancred, Esq., whose family were long seated at the Hall, at his death in 1754, left his house to be converted into an hospital for twelve decayed gentlemen, and endowed it with estates which, in 1815, were let for £2480 per annum." CITATION[CLOSE]
Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.
Early History of the Dancock family
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Dancock 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 Dancock family name include Tancred, Tancard, Tancert, Tancrette, Tankard and many more.
Early Notables of the Dancock family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Dancock family to Ireland
Some of the Dancock family moved to Ireland
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Migration of the Dancock family to the New World and Oceana
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 Dancock family to immigrate North America: Walter Tankard arrived in Virginia in 1716; William Tankard settled in Virginia in 1606; 14 years before the "Mayflower"; William Tankard settled in Maryland in 1774..