Early Origins of the Fencot family
The surname Fencot 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 Fencot family
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Fencot Spelling Variations
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 Fencote, Fencot, Fencott, Fencourt, Fencourte, Fencord and many more.
Early Notables of the Fencot family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Fencot family to the New World and Oceana
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 Fencot or a variant listed above were: John Fencott, who came to Maryland or Virginia in 1666; and Ann Fencott, who came to Maryland in 1667.