Dansur History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The surname Dansur 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 Dansur family

The surname Dansur 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 Dansur family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Dansur 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 Dansur History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Dansur Spelling Variations

Multitudes of spelling variations are a hallmark of Anglo Norman names. Most of these names evolved in the 11th and 12th century, in the time after the Normans introduced their own Norman French language into a country where Old and Middle English had no spelling rules and the languages of the court were French and Latin. To make matters worse, medieval scribes spelled words according to sound, so names frequently appeared differently in the various documents in which they were recorded. The name was spelled Dancer, Dansur, Danser, Dansar and others.

Early Notables of the Dansur 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...
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Ireland Migration of the Dansur family to Ireland

Some of the Dansur family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
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Migration of the Dansur family

Because of this political and religious unrest within English society, many people decided to immigrate to the colonies. Families left for Ireland, North America, and Australia in enormous numbers, traveling at high cost in extremely inhospitable conditions. The New World in particular was a desirable destination, but the long voyage caused many to arrive sick and starving. Those who made it, though, were welcomed by opportunities far greater than they had known at home in England. Many of these families went on to make important contributions to the emerging nations of Canada and the United States. Analysis of immigration records indicates that some of the first North American immigrants bore the name Dansur or a variant listed above: Thomas Dancer, who arrived in Barbados in 1671; John Dancer, who came to Virginia in 1731; Brill Dancer who settled in Maryland in 1775; and William Dancer, who settled in Maryland in 1774..



The Dansur 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.


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