Fencott History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Early Origins of the Fencott family

The surname Fencott 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 Fencott family

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

Fencott Spelling Variations

Anglo-Norman names tend to be marked by an enormous number of spelling variations. This is largely due to the fact that Old and Middle English lacked any spelling rules when Norman French was introduced in the 11th century. The languages of the English courts at that time were French and Latin. These various languages mixed quite freely in the evolving social milieu. The final element of this mix is that medieval scribes spelled words according to their sounds rather than any definite rules, so a name was often spelled in as many different ways as the number of documents it appeared in. The name was spelled Fencote, Fencot, Fencott, Fencourt, Fencourte, Fencord and many more.

Early Notables of the Fencott family (pre 1700)

More information is included under the topic Early Fencott Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

United States Fencott migration to the United States +

Because of the political and religious discontent in England, families began to migrate abroad in enormous numbers. Faced with persecution and starvation at home, the open frontiers and generally less oppressive social environment of the New World seemed tantalizing indeed to many English people. The trip was difficult, and not all made it unscathed, but many of those who did get to Canada and the United States made important contributions to the young nations in which they settled. Some of the first North American settlers with Fencott name or one of its variants:

Fencott Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • John Fencott, who settled in Maryland or Virginia in 1666
  • John Fencott, who arrived in Maryland in 1666 [1]
  • Ann Fencott, who settled in Maryland in 1667
  • Ann Fencott, who arrived in Maryland in 1667 [1]

Contemporary Notables of the name Fencott (post 1700) +

  • Clive Fencott (b. 1952), English writer and sound poet associated with the British Poetry Revival
  • Kenneth Sydney "Ken" or "Kenny" Fencott (b. 1943), English former footballer who played from 1961 to 1967 for Aston Villa and Lincoln City
  • Trevor Fencott, Canadian producer, known for his work on Land of the Dead: Road to Fiddler's Green (2005), Lost Girl (2010) and Starz presents Zombie Mania (2008)

  1. ^ Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)

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