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Where did the English Fancher family come from? What is the English Fancher family crest and coat of arms? When did the Fancher family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Fancher family history?

The history of the Fancher family goes back to the ancient Anglo-Saxon culture of Britain. It is derived from the family living at Fanshaw Gate in the county of Derbyshire.


Until quite recently, the English language has lacked a definite system of spelling rules. Consequently, Anglo-Saxon surnames are characterized by a multitude of spelling variations. Changes in Anglo-Saxon names were influenced by the evolution of the English language, as it incorporated elements of French, Latin, and other languages. Although Medieval scribes and church officials recorded names as they sounded, so it is common to find one person referred to by several different spellings of his surname, even the most literate people varied the spelling of their own names. Variations of the name Fancher include Fanshaw, Fanshawe and others.

First found in Derbyshire where they held a family seat from very ancient times, some say well before the Norman Conquest and the arrival of Duke William at Hastings in 1066 A.D.


This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Fancher research. Another 137 words (10 lines of text) covering the years 1661, 1533, 1601, 1569, 1616, 1596, 1665, 1621, 1661, 1608, 1666, 1625 and 1680 are included under the topic Early Fancher History in all our PDF Extended History products.


Another 139 words (10 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Fancher Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.


Searching for a better life, many English families migrated to British colonies. Unfortunately, the majority of them traveled under extremely harsh conditions: overcrowding on the ships caused the majority of the immigrants to arrive diseased, famished, and destitute from the long journey across the ocean. For those families that arrived safely, modest prosperity was attainable, and many went on to make invaluable contributions to the development of the cultures of the new colonies. Research into the origins of individual families in North America revealed records of the immigration of a number of people bearing the name Fancher or a variant listed above:

Fancher Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • M. Fancher, aged 33, who settled in America, in 1896
  • Hercsia Fancher, aged 23, who emigrated to the United States, in 1897

Fancher Settlers in United States in the 20th Century

  • Olivier Fancher, aged 62, who settled in America from Montreal, in 1906
  • Virginie Fancher, aged 57, who emigrated to the United States from Montreal, in 1906
  • Mrs. Fancher, aged 41, who landed in America, in 1907
  • Bertram Fancher, aged 41, who emigrated to the United States, in 1907
  • Bertha Fancher, aged 31, who settled in America from Stranrale Pk., Sussex, England, in 1909


  • Frederick Bartlett Fancher (1852-1944), American politician, the seventh Governor of North Dakota
  • Louis D. Fancher (1884-1944), American World War I poster artist and illustrator
  • Jane S. Fancher (b. 1952), American science fiction and fantasy author and artist
  • Hampton Fancher (b. 1938), American actor, producer and screenwriter in the late 1970s


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The Fancher Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Fancher Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

This page was last modified on 16 September 2013 at 18:25.

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