Early Origins of the Fencord family
The surname Fencord was first found in Oxfordshire
at Fencott (Fencot), a hamlet in the parish of Charltonupon-Otmore, union of Bicester, hundred
of Ploughley. Conjecturally, the surname is descended from the tenant
of the lands of Fencote, held by the Abbess of Fencote from the King, who was recorded in the Domesday Book
census of 1086. Fencott and Murcott is a civil parish about 4 miles (6 km) south of Bicester in the Cherwell district of Oxfordshire.
Early History of the Fencord family
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Fencord Spelling Variations
Norman surnames are characterized by a multitude of spelling variations
. The frequent changes in surnames are largely due to the fact that the Old and Middle English languages lacked definite spelling rules. The introduction of Norman French to England
, as well as the official court languages of Latin and French, also had pronounced influences on the spelling of surnames. Since medieval scribes and church officials recorded names as they sounded, rather than adhering to any specific spelling rules, it was common to find the same individual referred to with different spellings. The name has been spelled Fencote, Fencot, Fencott, Fencourt, Fencourte, Fencord and many more.
Early Notables of the Fencord family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Fencord family to the New World and Oceana
Many English families emigrated to North American colonies in order to escape the political chaos in Britain at this time. Unfortunately, many English families made the trip to the New World 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 stormy Atlantic. Despite these hardships, many of the families prospered and went on to make invaluable contributions to the development of the cultures of the United States and Canada. Early North American immigration records have revealed a number of people bearing the name Fencord or a variant listed above: John Fencott, who came to Maryland or Virginia in 1666; and Ann Fencott, who came to Maryland in 1667.