lacy History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The surname lacy comes from the place name Lassi, in the department of Calvados in Normandy.

Early Origins of the lacy family

The surname lacy was first found in Yorkshire, where Ibert de Lacy, son of Walter de Lacy (Lacie) was granted the castle and town of Pontefract and 164 lordships by William the Conqueror. Walter de Lacie (d. 1085) was one of the commanders that William the Conqueror "sent to Wales to subjugate the principality; and being victorious, he acquired large possessions there, in addition to those already obtained, as his portion of the spoil of Hastings. " [1]

"His lands had been assigned to him in the West, where he held territory - to what exact extent is not known - under William Fitz Osbern, the first Norman Earl of Hereford; and upon the rebellion of William's son, Earl Roger de Britolio, the whole vast fief was conferred upon him by the Conqueror. He waged war successfully with the Welsh, defeating three of their princes with great slaughter in Brecon; and was killed in 1085 by a fall from a ladder while inspecting a new church he had founded at Hereford. " [2]

Roger de Laci who also accompanied the Conqueror was rewarded with the tenure in capite of 116 lordships. It is presumed that the two were related but the relationship is unknown. [3]

Rishton in Yorkshire was the place where a manor was held by Edmund de Lacye, who died 42nd Henry III. [4]

There were at least two listings of the name in the Yorkshire Poll Tax Rolls of 1379: Robertus Lascey; and Isabella Lassy. [5]

Stanlow-House in the union of Great Boughton, Higher division of the hundred of Wirrall in Cheshire was an ancient family seat to one branch of the family. "An abbey of Cistercian monks was founded here in 1178, by John Lacy, constable of Chester; but on account of the inundations of the Mersey in 1296, it was removed to Whalley, in Lancashire." [4]

Early History of the lacy family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our lacy research. Another 144 words (10 lines of text) covering the years 1086, 1172, 1185, 1215, 1298, 1615, 1681, 1584, 1673, 1610 and 1671 are included under the topic Early lacy History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

lacy 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 Lacey, Lacy, Lassey, Lassy, de Lacey, de Lacy and others.

Early Notables of the lacy family (pre 1700)

Outstanding amongst the family at this time was Henry de Lacy, Earl of Lincoln, who was recorded on the Falkirk Roll. The roll lists those who fought at Falkirk in 1298, when the forces of Edward I defeated William Wallace's Scottish army. Henry was a close counsellor of Edward I and Edward II, and his house in London gave its name to...
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United States lacy migration to the United States +

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 lacy or a variant listed above were:

lacy Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • William Lacy, who settled in Virginia in 1635
  • Rich Lacy, who arrived in Virginia in 1635 [6]
  • Win Lacy, aged 18, who landed in Virginia in 1635 [6]
  • Eliza Lacy, who landed in Virginia in 1649 [6]
  • James Lacy, who arrived in Virginia in 1653 [6]
  • ... (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 [6]
  • Prissela Lacy, who landed in Virginia in 1719 [6]
  • John Lacy, who landed in Virginia in 1723 [6]
lacy Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Edward Lacy, who arrived in New York, NY in 1811 [6]
  • George Lacy, who arrived in New York in 1818 [6]
  • William Lacy, who arrived in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1850 [6]
  • Ed Lacy, aged 33, who landed in Mobile, Ala in 1852 [6]
  • Lawrence, Michael, Nicholas, Patrick, Peter and William Lacy all, who arrived in Philadelphia between 1840 and 1860
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Canada lacy migration to Canada +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

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 [7]
  • Mr. William Lacy U.E. who settled in Carleton [Saint John West], New Brunswick, Canada c. 1784 [7]
lacy Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century
  • Richard Lacy, aged 18, a labourer, who arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick in 1833 aboard the ship "Margaret" from London, England
  • Abel Lacy, aged 20, a labourer, who 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
  • Mr. Henry Lacy, (b. 1836), aged 19, English labourer, from Merriott, Somerset, England, UK departing from Falmouth destined for Quebec, Canada aboard the ship "Barque John" on 3rd May 1855 which sank after striking the reef, he survived the sinking [8]

Australia lacy migration to Australia +

Emigration to Australia followed the First Fleets of convicts, tradespeople and early settlers. Early immigrants include:

lacy Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • Miss Mary Ann Lacy who was convicted in Lancaster, Lancashire, England for life for stealing, transported aboard the "Brothers" on 20th November 1823, arriving in New South Wales, Australia and Tasmania ( Van Diemen's Land) [9]
  • Bernard Lacy, a weaver, who arrived in New South Wales, Australia sometime between 1825 and 1832
  • John Lacy, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Lady Bruce" in 1846 [10]
  • Mary Lacy, aged 21, a domestic servant, who arrived in South Australia in 1855 aboard the ship "Bucephalus"

New Zealand lacy migration to New Zealand +

Emigration to New Zealand followed in the footsteps of the European explorers, such as Captain Cook (1769-70): first came sealers, whalers, missionaries, and traders. By 1838, the British New Zealand Company had begun buying land from the Maori tribes, and selling it to settlers, and, after the Treaty of Waitangi in 1840, many British families set out on the arduous six month journey from Britain to Aotearoa to start a new life. Early immigrants include:

lacy Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • Robert Lacy, aged 28, a farm labourer, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Golden Sea" in 1874
  • Edward Lacy, aged 21, a cooper, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Golden Sea" in 1874
  • Emma Lacy, aged 15, a servant, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Golden Sea" in 1874
  • George Lacy, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Dilawur" in 1875

Contemporary Notables of the name lacy (post 1700) +

  • William Howard Lacy (1945-2016), American businessman, CEO of MGIC Investment from 1987 to 1999
  • James J. "Jim" Lacy (1926-2014), American basketball player
  • Venus Lacy (b. 1967), Gold Medal-winning American Olympic basketball player
  • Steve Lacy (1934-2004), American jazz saxophonist and composer
  • Gerald LeRoy "Jerry" Lacy (b. 1936), American soap opera actor
  • Jennifer Lacy (b. 1983), American professional basketball player
  • Jeff Lacy (b. 1977), American former International Boxing Federation super middleweight champion
  • Hugh De Lacy (1910-1986), American politician, member of the United States House of Representatives from 1945 to 1947
  • Elizabeth B. Lacy (b. 1945), first woman named to be a Justice of the Supreme Court of Virginia
  • Ed Lacy (1911-1968), American writer of crime and detective fiction
  • ... (Another 28 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Halifax Explosion
  • Mr. Charles Albert  Lacy (1864-1917), Canadian resident from Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada who died in the explosion [11]


Suggested Readings for the name lacy +

  • 1361 The Thomas Lacy III Family by Hubert Wesley Lacey, Descendants of Lawrence and Catherine Monaghan Lacy by Patricia J. Rezek.

  1. ^ Burke, John Bernard, The Roll of Battle Abbey. London: Edward Churton, 26, Holles Street, 1848, Print.
  2. ^ Cleveland, Dutchess of The Battle Abbey Roll with some Account of the Norman Lineages. London: John Murray, Abermarle Street, 1889. Print. Volume 2 of 3
  3. ^ Lowe, Mark Anthony, Patronymica Britannica, A Dictionary of Family Names of the United Kingdom. London: John Russel Smith, 1860. Print.
  4. ^ Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.
  5. ^ Bardsley, C.W, A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6)
  6. ^ 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)
  7. ^ 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
  8. ^ Cornwall Online Parish Clerks. (Retrieved 3rd May 2018). Retrieved from http://www.opc-cornwall.org/Resc/pdfs/wreck_of_emigrant_ship_john_1855.pdf
  9. ^ Convict Records Voyages to Australia (Retrieved 30th October 2020). Retrieved from https://convictrecords.com.au/ships/brothers
  10. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) LADY BRUCE 1846. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1846LadyBruce.htm
  11. ^ Halifax Explosion Book of Remembrance | Maritime Museum of the Atlantic. (Retrieved 2014, June 23) . Retrieved from https://maritimemuseum.novascotia.ca/what-see-do/halifax-explosion/halifax-explosion-book-remembrance


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