Fencote History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Early Origins of the Fencote family

The surname Fencote 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.

Important Dates for the Fencote family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Fencote research. Another 84 words (6 lines of text) covering the years 1347 and 1352 are included under the topic Early Fencote History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Fencote Spelling Variations

A multitude of spelling variations characterize Norman surnames. Many variations occurred because Old and Middle English lacked any definite spelling rules. The introduction of Norman French to England also had a pronounced effect, as did the court languages of Latin and French. Therefore, one person was often referred to by several different spellings in a single lifetime. The various spellings include Fencote, Fencot, Fencott, Fencourt, Fencourte, Fencord and many more.

Early Notables of the Fencote family (pre 1700)

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Migration of the Fencote family

Many English families left England, to avoid the chaos of their homeland and migrated to the many British colonies abroad. Although the conditions on the ships were extremely cramped, and some travelers arrived diseased, starving, and destitute, once in the colonies, many of the families prospered and made valuable contributions to the cultures of what would become the United States and Canada. Research into the origins of individual families in North America has revealed records of the immigration of a number of people bearing the name Fencote or a variant listed above: John Fencott, who came to Maryland or Virginia in 1666; and Ann Fencott, who came to Maryland in 1667.

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