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The history of the Tankerville family name begins after the Norman Conquest of 1066. They lived in Lincolnshire. Their name, however, is a reference to Tanerdevilla, Normandy. "An ancient barony in the arrondissement of Havre in Normandy, called in records Tancredi villa, 'the vill of Tancred,' and, at the present day Tancarville. The ancient barons of Tancarville were hereditary chamberlains to the Dukes of Normandy." [1]

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The surname Tankerville was first found in Lincolnshire where this family has to be considered one of the premier Norman families of all time. Tradition has it that they are descended from Tancred who lived in 912 A.D. and whose fief in Normandy was named Tanerdevilla. Descended was Gerold, Sire de Tankcarville who had three sons, Ralph, who was Chamberlain and Guardian to William Duke of Normandy, Gerold, was Dapifer of Duke William, and Amaury. Ralph's son William was Treasurer to King Henry 1st, and Justice of England. He married Matilda, the daughter of William, the Viscount d'Arques. He had two sons, Rabel and Ralph. They held lands in Grantham, Oston and Somerly.

Anglo-Norman names are characterized by a multitude of spelling variations. When the Normans became the ruling people of England in the 11th century, they introduced a new language into a society where the main languages of Old and later Middle English had no definite spelling rules. These languages were more often spoken than written, so they blended freely with one another. Contributing to this mixing of tongues was the fact that medieval scribes spelled words according to sound, ensuring that a person's name would appear differently in nearly every document in which it was recorded. The name has been spelled Tancerville, Tankerville, Tancarville, Tankarville, Tancarvill and many more.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Tankerville research. Another 167 words (12 lines of text) covering the years 113 and 1137 are included under the topic Early Tankerville History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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For many English families, the political and religious disarray that plagued their homeland made the frontiers of the New World an attractive prospect. Thousands migrated, aboard cramped disease-ridden ships. They arrived sick, poor, and hungry, but were welcomed in many cases with far greater opportunity than at home in England. Many of these hardy settlers went on to make important contributions to the emerging nations in which they landed. Among early immigrants bearing the name Tankerville or a variant listed above were: Christopher Tancarvill who landed in North America in 1746.

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  1. ^ Lowe, Mark Anthony, Patronymica Britannica, A Dictionary of Family Names of the United Kingdom. London: John Russel Smith, 1860. Print.

Other References

  1. Crispin, M. Jackson and Leonce Mary. Falaise Roll Recording Prominent Companions of William Duke of Normandy at the Conquest of England. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  2. Foster, Joseph. Dictionary of Heraldry Feudal Coats of Arms and Pedigrees. London: Bracken Books, 1989. Print. (ISBN 1-85170-309-8).
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  4. Cook, Chris. English Historical Facts 1603-1688. London: MacMillan, 1980. Print.
  5. Library of Congress. American and English Genealogies in the Library of Congress. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1967. Print.
  6. Filby, P. William and Mary K Meyer. Passenger and Immigration Lists Index in Four Volumes. Detroit: Gale Research, 1985. Print. (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8).
  7. Chadwick, Nora Kershaw and J.X.W.P Corcoran. The Celts. London: Penguin, 1790. Print. (ISBN 0140212116).
  8. Reaney P.H and R.M. Wilson. A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X).
  9. Robb H. Amanda and Andrew Chesler. Encyclopedia of American Family Names. New York: Haper Collins, 1995. Print. (ISBN 0-06-270075-8).
  10. Bolton, Charles Knowles. Bolton's American Armory. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1964. Print.
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The Tankerville Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Tankerville 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.

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