Early Origins of the Fencourt family
The surname Fencourt 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 Fencourt family
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Fencourt Spelling Variations
It is only in the last few hundred years that the English language has been standardized. For that reason, Anglo-Norman surnames like Fencourt are characterized by many spelling variations
. Scribes and monks in the Middle Ages spelled names they sounded, so it is common to find several variations that refer to a single person. As the English language changed and incorporated elements of other European languages such as Norman French and Latin, even literate people regularly changed the spelling of their names. The variations of the name Fencourt include Fencote, Fencot, Fencott, Fencourt, Fencourte, Fencord and many more.
Early Notables of the Fencourt family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Fencourt family to the New World and Oceana
Faced with the chaos present in England
at that time, many English families looked towards the open frontiers of the New World with its opportunities to escape oppression and starvation. People migrated to North America, as well as Australia
in droves, paying exorbitant rates for passages in cramped, unsafe ships. Many of the settlers did not make the long passage alive, but those who did see the shores of North America were welcomed with great opportunity. Many of the families that came from England
went on to make essential contributions to the emerging nations of Canada and the United States. Some of the first immigrants to cross the Atlantic and come to North America carried the name Fencourt, or a variant listed above: John Fencott, who came to Maryland or Virginia in 1666; and Ann Fencott, who came to Maryland in 1667.