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Early Origins of the Fancourt family

The surname Fancourt was first found in Lincolnshire where the family name was first referenced in the 13th century when they held estates in that shire. De Fanecourt was listed in the Rotuli Hundredorum of 1279. [1] They were originally from Fallancourt (Falencourt) in Seine-Inf, Neufchatel in Normandy. [2]

Early History of the Fancourt family

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Fancourt Spelling Variations

The English language only became standardized in the last few centuries. For that reason, spelling variations are common among many Anglo-Norman names. The shape of the English language was frequently changed with the introduction of elements of Norman French, Latin, and other European languages; even the spelling of literate people's names were subsequently modified. Fancourt has been recorded under many different variations, including Fancourt, Fancor, Cancour, Fancott, Fancutt, Fancot, Fancut, Fancort, Fanecourt, Fanecor and many more.

Early Notables of the Fancourt family (pre 1700)

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United States Fancourt migration to the United States +

To escape the uncertainty of the political and religious uncertainty found in England, many English families boarded ships at great expense to sail for the colonies held by Britain. The passages were expensive, though, and the boats were unsafe, overcrowded, and ridden with disease. Those who were hardy and lucky enough to make the passage intact were rewarded with land, opportunity, and social environment less prone to religious and political persecution. Many of these families went on to be important contributors to the young nations of Canada and the United States where they settled. Fancourts were some of the first of the immigrants to arrive in North America:

Fancourt Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Thomas Fancourt, who arrived in Tobago, West Indies in 1799 [3]

Canada Fancourt migration to Canada +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Fancourt Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century
  • John Fancourt, who landed in Nova Scotia in 1749

Contemporary Notables of the name Fancourt (post 1700) +

  • Darrell Fancourt (1886-1953), English bass-baritone, known for his performances of the Savoy Operas with the D'Oyly Carte Opera Company
  • Mr. Ian James Fancourt O.B.E., British Group Captain for the Royal Air Force, was appointed Commander of the Order of the British Empire on 29th December 2018 [4]
  • Captain Henry Lockhart St John Fancourt (1900-2004), pioneering Naval aviator in the British navy

  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. 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)
  4. "Birthday and New Year Honours Lists (1940 to 2019)." Issue 62507, 28 December 2018 | London Gazette, The Gazette, Dec. 2018, on Facebook