Early Origins of the Fencort family
The surname Fencort 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 Fencort family
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Fencort Spelling Variations
Multitudes of spelling variations
are a hallmark of Anglo Norman names. Most of these names evolved in the 11th and 12th century, in the time after the Normans
introduced their own Norman French language into a country where Old and Middle English had no spelling rules and the languages of the court were French and Latin. To make matters worse, medieval scribes spelled words according to sound, so names frequently appeared differently in the various documents in which they were recorded. The name was spelled Fencote, Fencot, Fencott, Fencourt, Fencourte, Fencord and many more.
Early Notables of the Fencort family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Fencort family to the New World and Oceana
Because of this political and religious unrest within English society, many people decided to immigrate to the colonies. Families left for Ireland
, North America, and Australia
in enormous numbers, traveling at high cost in extremely inhospitable conditions. The New World in particular was a desirable destination, but the long voyage caused many to arrive sick and starving. Those who made it, though, were welcomed by opportunities far greater than they had known at home in England
. Many of these families went on to make important contributions to the emerging nations of Canada and the United States. Analysis of immigration records indicates that some of the first North American immigrants bore the name Fencort or a variant listed above: John Fencott, who came to Maryland or Virginia in 1666; and Ann Fencott, who came to Maryland in 1667.