Danser History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The name Danser reached English shores for the first time with the ancestors of the Danser family as they migrated following the Norman Conquest of 1066. The Danser 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 Danser family

The surname Danser 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 Danser family

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

Danser Spelling Variations

Anglo-Norman names tend to be marked by an enormous number of spelling variations. This is largely due to the fact that Old and Middle English lacked any spelling rules when Norman French was introduced in the 11th century. The languages of the English courts at that time were French and Latin. These various languages mixed quite freely in the evolving social milieu. The final element of this mix is that medieval scribes spelled words according to their sounds rather than any definite rules, so a name was often spelled in as many different ways as the number of documents it appeared in. The name was spelled Dancer, Dansur, Danser, Dansar and others.

Early Notables of the Danser family (pre 1700)

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Migration of the Danser family to Ireland

Some of the Danser 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.

Danser migration to the United States

Because of the political and religious discontent in England, families began to migrate abroad in enormous numbers. Faced with persecution and starvation at home, the open frontiers and generally less oppressive social environment of the New World seemed tantalizing indeed to many English people. The trip was difficult, and not all made it unscathed, but many of those who did get to Canada and the United States made important contributions to the young nations in which they settled. Some of the first North American settlers with Danser name or one of its variants:

Danser Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • John Danser, aged 25, who landed in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1802 [1]

Contemporary Notables of the name Danser (post 1700)

  • Westley P. Danser, American politician, Member of New Jersey State House of Assembly from Mercer County, 1851 [2]
  • Fanny Root Danser, American politician, Dry Candidate for Delegate to New York convention to ratify 21st amendment, 1933 [2]


  1. ^ Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
  2. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, October 27) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html
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