Fancy History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms 

Early Origins of the Fancy family

The surname Fancy was first found in Norfolk where they held a family seat as Lords of the Manor. After the Battle of Hastings in 1066, William, Duke of Normandy, having prevailed over King Harold, granted most of Britain to his many victorious Barons. It was not uncommon to find a Baron, or a Bishop, with 60 or more Lordships scattered throughout the country. These he gave to his sons, nephews and other junior lines of his family and they became known as under-tenants. They adopted the Norman system of surnames which identified the under-tenant with his holdings so as to distinguish him from the senior stem of the family. After many rebellious wars between his Barons, Duke William, commissioned a census of all England to determine in 1086, settling once and for all, who held which land. He called the census the Domesday Book, [1] indicating that those holders registered would hold the land until the end of time. Hence, conjecturally, the surname is descended from the tenant of the lands of Warenne who was recorded in the Domesday Book census of 1086.

Important Dates for the Fancy family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Fancy research. Another 100 words (7 lines of text) covering the year 1040 is included under the topic Early Fancy History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Fancy Spelling Variations

Spelling variations of this family name include: Yancy, Yancey, Wauncy, Wancy, Vanci, Wancy, Wancey, de Wanceio, Yantzy, Yantcy and many more.

Early Notables of the Fancy family (pre 1700)

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Fancy migration to New Zealand

Emigration to New Zealand followed in the footsteps of the European explorers, such as Captain Cook (1769-70): first came sealers, whalers, missionaries, and traders. By 1838, the British New Zealand Company had begun buying land from the Maori tribes, and selling it to settlers, and, after the Treaty of Waitangi in 1840, many British families set out on the arduous six month journey from Britain to Aotearoa to start a new life. Early immigrants include:

Fancy Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • Rosanna Fancy, who arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Zealandia" in 1874
  • Julietta Fancy, who arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Zealandia" in 1874

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Citations

  1. ^ Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds., Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8)
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