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

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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 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] 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. [2] Rishton in Yorkshire was the place where a manor was held by Edmund de Lacye, who died 42nd Henry III. [3] There were at least two listings of the name in the Yorkshire Poll Tax Rolls of 1379: Robertus Lascey; and Isabella Lassy. [4] 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." [3]

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.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our lacy research. Another 285 words (20 lines of text) covering the years 1086, 1172, 1185, 1215, 1298, 1615 and 1681 are included under the topic Early lacy History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Another 173 words (12 lines of text) are included under the topic Early lacy Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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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 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


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


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
  • Mr. William Lacy U.E. who settled in Carleton [Saint John West], New Brunswick, Canada c. 1784

lacy Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century


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

lacy Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century


  • 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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  • 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
  • James T. Lacy, American politician, Member of Virginia State Senate 21st District, 1916-19

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  • The Thomas Lacy III Family by Hubert Wesley Lacey.
  • Descendants of Lawrence and Catherine Monaghan Lacy by Patricia J. Rezek.
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  1. ^ Burke, John Bernard, The Roll of Battle Abbey. London: Edward Churton, 26, Holles Street, 1848, Print.
  2. ^ Lowe, Mark Anthony, Patronymica Britannica, A Dictionary of Family Names of the United Kingdom. London: John Russel Smith, 1860. Print.
  3. ^ Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.
  4. ^ Bardsley, C.W, A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6)

Other References

  1. Colletta, John P. They Came In Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
  2. Lennard, Reginald. Rural England 1086-1135 A Study of Social and Agrarian Conditions. Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1959. Print.
  3. Thirsk, Joan. The Agrarian History of England and Wales. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press: 7 Volumes. Print.
  4. Chadwick, Nora Kershaw and J.X.W.P Corcoran. The Celts. London: Penguin, 1790. Print. (ISBN 0140212116).
  5. Hinde, Thomas Ed. The Domesday Book England's Heritage Then and Now. Surrey: Colour Library Books, 1995. Print. (ISBN 1-85833-440-3).
  6. Ingram, Rev. James. Translator Anglo-Saxon Chronicle 1823. Print.
  7. Matthews, John. Matthews' American Armoury and Blue Book. London: John Matthews, 1911. Print.
  8. Burke, Sir Bernard. Genealogical and Heraldic History of the Peerage and Baronetage, The Privy Council, Knightage and Compainonage. London: Burke Publishing, 1921. Print.
  9. Cook, Chris. English Historical Facts 1603-1688. London: MacMillan, 1980. Print.
  10. MacAulay, Thomas Babington. History of England from the Accession of James the Second 4 volumes. New York: Harper and Brothers, 1879. Print.
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