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Ireland already had an established system of hereditary surnames when the Strongbownians arrived. Often the two traditions blended together quite well due to some of their basic similarities, but the incoming Anglo-Norman system brought in some forms that were uncommon amongst the Irish. One of these Anglo-Norman anomalies was the prevalence of local surnames, such as lacy. Local names were taken from the names of a place or a geographical feature where the person lived, held land, or was born. Originally, the place names were prefixed by de, which means from in French. This type of prefix was eventually either made a part of the surname if the place name began with a vowel or was eliminated entirely. The local surnames of these Strongbownian invaders referred to places in Normandy, or more typically England, but eventually for those Anglo- Normans that remained in Ireland, the nicknames referred to places or geographical features of the island: they became true local names. The lacy family appears to have originally lived in the settlement of Lassy in the region called Calvados in northern France. The name of this place is derived from the Gaulish personal name Lascius, which is of uncertain origin, and the local suffix -acum. The Gaelic form of the surname lacy is de Léis. However, there is a native Irish family of County Wexford named O Laitheasa who anglicize their surname as lacy. This name, which was originally O Flaithgheasa, is derived from the Gaelic word flaith, which means prince. This was, in most cases, a nickname applied to someone with princely manners or a regal bearing.

lacy Early Origins



The surname lacy was first found in County Limerick (Irish: Luimneach) located in Southwestern Ireland, in the province of Munster, where they had been granted lands by Strongbow after the invasion of Ireland in 1172.

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lacy Spelling Variations


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lacy Spelling Variations



Church officials and medieval scribes spelled names as they sounded; therefore, single person, could have his name spelt many different ways during their lifetime. While investigating the origins of the name lacy, many spelling variations were encountered, including: Lacey, Lacie, Lacy, de Lacy, Lasey, Lassey and many more.

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lacy Early History


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lacy Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our lacy research. Another 327 words (23 lines of text) covering the year 1298 is included under the topic Early lacy History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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lacy Early Notables (pre 1700)


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lacy Early Notables (pre 1700)



Notable amongst the family up to this time was Hugo de Lacy of Limerick, as well as Henry de Lacy, Earl of Lincoln, who was recorded on the...

Another 27 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early lacy Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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The Great Migration


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The Great Migration



Ireland's Great Potato Famine left the country's inhabitants in extreme poverty and starvation. Many families left their homeland for North America for the promise of work, freedom and land ownership. Although the Irish were not free of economic and racial discrimination in North America, they did contribute greatly to the rapid development of bridges, canals, roads, and railways. Eventually, they would be accepted in other areas such as commerce, education, and the arts. An examination of immigration and passenger lists revealed many bearing the name lacy:

lacy Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • William Lacy settled in Virginia in 1635
  • Rich Lacy, who arrived in Virginia in 1635
  • Win Lacy, aged 18, landed in Virginia in 1635
  • Eliza Lacy, who landed in Virginia in 1649
  • James Lacy, who arrived in Virginia in 1653
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

lacy Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Mary Lacy, who arrived in Virginia in 1717
  • Prissela Lacy, who landed in Virginia in 1719
  • John Lacy, who landed in Virginia in 1723

lacy Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Edward Lacy, who arrived in New York, NY in 1811
  • George Lacy, who arrived in New York in 1818
  • William Lacy, who arrived in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1850
  • Ed Lacy, aged 33, landed in Mobile, Ala in 1852
  • Lawrence, Michael, Nicholas, Patrick, Peter and William Lacy all arrived in Philadelphia between 1840 and 1860
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

lacy Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century

  • Mr. James Lacy U.E. who settled in Belle Vue, Beaver Harbour, Charlotte County, New Brunswick c. 1784 [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Rubincam, Milton. The Old United Empire Loyalists List. Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc, 1976. (Originally published as; United Empire Loyalists. The Centennial of the Settlement of Upper Canada. Rose Publishing Company, 1885.) ISBN 0-8063-0331-X
  • Mr. William Lacy U.E. who settled in Carleton [Saint John West], New Brunswick, Canada c. 1784 [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Rubincam, Milton. The Old United Empire Loyalists List. Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc, 1976. (Originally published as; United Empire Loyalists. The Centennial of the Settlement of Upper Canada. Rose Publishing Company, 1885.) ISBN 0-8063-0331-X

lacy Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century

  • Richard Lacy, aged 18, a labourer, arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick in 1833 aboard the ship "Margaret" from London, England
  • Abel Lacy, aged 20, a labourer, arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick in 1833 aboard the ship "Margaret" from London, England
  • Edward Lacy, who landed in Nova Scotia in 1834
  • Margaret Lacy, who landed in Nova Scotia in 1835

lacy Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • Bernard Lacy, a weaver, arrived in New South Wales, Australia sometime between 1825 and 1832
  • John Lacy arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Lady Bruce" in 1846
  • Mary Lacy, aged 21, a domestic servant, arrived in South Australia in 1855 aboard the ship "Bucephalus"

lacy Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • Robert Lacy, aged 28, a farm labourer, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Golden Sea" in 1874
  • Edward Lacy, aged 21, a cooper, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Golden Sea" in 1874
  • Emma Lacy, aged 15, a servant, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Golden Sea" in 1874
  • George Lacy arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Dilawur" in 1875

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Contemporary Notables of the name lacy (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name lacy (post 1700)



  • William Howard Lacy (1945-2016), American businessman, CEO of MGIC Investment from 1987 to 1999
  • William Sterling Byrd Lacy (1910-1979), American politician, U.S. Ambassador to South Korea, 1955
  • W. M. Lacy, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Texas, 1888
  • T. V. Lacy, American Democrat politician, Candidate for Iowa State House of Representatives from Taylor County, 1950
  • Sterling Byrd Lacy (1882-1955), American politician, Member of Colorado State House of Representatives, 1919-21, 1923-25; Lieutenant Governor of Colorado, 1925-27
  • Philip L. Lacy, American Republican politician, Delegate to Republican National Convention from North Carolina, 1964
  • Paul J. Lacy, American politician, Delegate to New Mexico State Constitutional Convention, 1969
  • Lyman Lacy, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Illinois, 1868
  • John S. Lacy, American politician, Delegate to Whig National Convention from Ohio, 1839
  • Mrs. James W. Lacy, American Republican politician, Alternate Delegate to Republican National Convention from Texas, 1972
  • ... (Another 28 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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lacy Historic Events


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lacy Historic Events




Halifax Explosion

  • Mr. Charles Albert  Lacy (1864-1917), Canadian resident from Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada who died in the Halifax Explosion on 6th December 1917

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Suggested Readings for the name lacy


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Suggested Readings for the name lacy



  • The Thomas Lacy III Family by Hubert Wesley Lacey.
  • Descendants of Lawrence and Catherine Monaghan Lacy by Patricia J. Rezek.

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Motto


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Motto



The motto was originally a war cry or slogan. Mottoes first began to be shown with arms in the 14th and 15th centuries, but were not in general use until the 17th century. Thus the oldest coats of arms generally do not include a motto. Mottoes seldom form part of the grant of arms: Under most heraldic authorities, a motto is an optional component of the coat of arms, and can be added to or changed at will; many families have chosen not to display a motto.

Motto: Meritas augentur honores
Motto Translation: Honours are enhanced by deserts.


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Citations



  1. ^ Rubincam, Milton. The Old United Empire Loyalists List. Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc, 1976. (Originally published as; United Empire Loyalists. The Centennial of the Settlement of Upper Canada. Rose Publishing Company, 1885.) ISBN 0-8063-0331-X

Other References

  1. Colletta, John P. They Came In Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
  2. Browning, Charles H. Americans of Royal Descent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  3. MacLysaght, Edward. Mores Irish Familes. Dublin: Irish Academic, 1982. Print. (ISBN 0-7165-0126-0).
  4. Fitzgerald, Thomas W. Ireland and Her People A Library of Irish Biography 5 Volumes. Chicago: Fitzgerald. Print.
  5. The Norman People and Their Existing Descendants in the British Dominions and the United States Of America. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1975. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0636-X).
  6. Hanks, Patricia and Flavia Hodges. A Dictionary of Surnames. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1988. Print. (ISBN 0-19-211592-8).
  7. Skordas, Guest. Ed. The Early Settlers of Maryland an Index to Names or Immigrants Complied from Records of Land Patents 1633-1680 in the Hall of Records Annapolis, Maryland. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co., 1992. Print.
  8. Kennedy, Patrick. Kennedy's Book of Arms. Canterbury: Achievements, 1967. Print.
  9. Bell, Robert. The Book of Ulster Surnames. Belfast: Blackstaff, 1988. Print. (ISBN 10-0856404160).
  10. Bowman, George Ernest. The Mayflower Reader A Selection of Articales from The Mayflower Descendent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  11. ...

The lacy Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The lacy Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

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