Dansie History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Today's generation of the Dansie family bears a name that was brought to England by the migration wave that was started by the Norman Conquest of 1066. The Dansie 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 as D'Anizy, which means from Anizy. [1]

Early Origins of the Dansie family

The surname Dansie 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. [2]

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." [3] 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 Dansie family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Dansie research. Another 156 words (11 lines of text) covering the years 1242, 1348, 1349, 1632, 1542, 1663 and 1660 are included under the topic Early Dansie History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Dansie Spelling Variations

Before the last few hundred years the English language had no fixed system of spelling rules. For that reason, spelling variations occurred commonly in Anglo Norman surnames. Over the years, many variations of the name Dansie were recorded, including Dancey, Dauncy, Dauncey, Dauntsey, Dance, Dancie, Dauncie, Dauntsie and many more.

Early Notables of the Dansie family (pre 1700)

Outstanding amongst the family at this time was Richard Dansy, High Sheriff of Herefordshire in 1348 and 1349. Roger Dansey was High Sheriff of Herefordshire in 1632. William Dauntesey (or Dauntsey) was a London merchant and Master of the Worshipful Company of Mercers. He died...
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Ireland Migration of the Dansie family to Ireland

Some of the Dansie 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.


United States Dansie migration to the United States +

The unstable environment in England at this time caused numerous families to board ships and leave in search of opportunity and freedom from persecution abroad in places like Ireland, Australia, and particularly the New World. The voyage was extremely difficult, however, and only taken at great expense. The cramped conditions and unsanitary nature of the vessels caused many to arrive diseased and starving, not to mention destitute from the enormous cost. Still opportunity in the emerging nations of Canada and the United States was far greater than at home and many went on to make important contributions to the cultures of their adopted countries. An examination of many early immigration records reveals that people bearing the name Dansie arrived in North America very early:

Dansie Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Ludwig Dansie, aged 11, who settled in America, in 1894
Dansie Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
  • Thomas Dansie, aged 28, who immigrated to the United States from London, in 1904
  • Caroline Dansie, aged 27, who landed in America from London, in 1904
  • Charles Dansie, who immigrated to the United States, in 1918
  • Wilfred Dansie, aged 47, who landed in America from Ilford, England, in 1924
  • Wilfred Dansie, aged 47, who immigrated to America from London, England, in 1924

Contemporary Notables of the name Dansie (post 1700) +

  • Samuel Justin "Sam" Dansie (1927-2012), Australian forester and botanist from Atherton, Queensland, known for his conservation efforts of the Wet Tropical rainforests of Northern Queensland
  • Hampton Neil Dansie OAM (b. 1928), Australian former first-class cricketer and long term administrator for South Australia
  • Charles Dansie Maclurcan, Australian owner of 2CM, an experimental Australian broadcasting station in 1921, the first Australian station to regularly broadcast music and talk


  1. ^ Lower, Mark Anthony, Patronymica Britannica, A Dictionary of Family Names of the United Kingdom. London: John Russel Smith, 1860. Print.
  2. ^ Bardsley, C.W, A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6)
  3. ^ Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.


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