Lancelot History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Early Origins of the Lancelot family

The surname Lancelot was first found in Leicestershire where they held a family seat as Lords of the Manor. The Saxon influence of English history diminished after the Battle of Hastings in 1066. The language of the courts was French for the next three centuries and the Norman ambience prevailed. But Saxon surnames survived and the family name was first referenced in the 13th century when they held estates in that shire.

Early History of the Lancelot family

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Lancelot Spelling Variations

Sound was what guided spelling in the essentially pre-literate Middle Ages, so one person's name was often recorded under several variations during a single lifetime. Also, before the advent of the printing press and the first dictionaries, the English language was not standardized. Therefore, spelling variations were common, even among the names of the most literate people. Known variations of the Lancelot family name include Lanelot, Lancylot, Lancelot, Lanselot and others.

Early Notables of the Lancelot family (pre 1700)

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Lancelot Ranking

In France, the name Lancelot is the 4,372nd most popular surname with an estimated 1,500 - 2,000 people with that name. [1]


United States Lancelot migration to the United States +

For political, religious, and economic reasons, thousands of English families boarded ships for Ireland, Canada, the America colonies, and many of smaller tropical colonies in the hope of finding better lives abroad. Although the passage on the cramped, dank ships caused many to arrive in the New World diseased and starving, those families that survived the trip often went on to make valuable contributions to those new societies to which they arrived. Early immigrants bearing the Lancelot surname or a spelling variation of the name include:

Lancelot Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • F. A. Lancelot, aged 47, who landed in America, in 1892
  • Anna Lancelot, aged 15, who immigrated to the United States, in 1893
  • Leon Lancelot, aged 27, who immigrated to America, in 1896
Lancelot Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
  • Felix Lancelot, aged 23, who settled in America, in 1903
  • George Lancelot, who landed in America, in 1904
  • Henry Lancelot, aged 8, who settled in America from Co. Durham, in 1904
  • Joseph James Lancelot, aged 11, who immigrated to the United States from Co. Durham, in 1904
  • Sarah Ann Lancelot, aged 35, who landed in America from Co. Durham, in 1904
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New Zealand Lancelot 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:

Lancelot Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • Mr. Graham Lancelot, (b. 1839), aged 25, British farm labourer travelling from Gravesend, UK aboard the ship "British Empire" arriving in Lyttelton, South Island, New Zealand on 6th September 1864 [2]
  • Mr. Lancelot, British settler travelling from London aboard the ship "Jessie Readman" arriving in Port Chalmers, Otago, New Zealand on 23rd March 1871 [2]

Contemporary Notables of the name Lancelot (post 1700) +

  • James Bennett Lancelot (b. 1952), English Master of the Choristers and Cathedral Organist at Durham Cathedral
  • Francine Lancelot (1929-2003), French dancer, choreographer and dance historian
  • Bernard Lancelot, French founder of Brasserie Lancelot, a brewery founded in 1990
  • Jacques Lancelot (b. 1920), French musician
  • Charles Lancelot Shadwell (1840-1919), English divine, Provost of Oriel College, Oxford from 1905 until 1914
  • Martin Lancelot Barre (b. 1946), English rock musician, best known for his work with the rock band Jethro Tull
  • Edward Lancelot Bunting (1883-1962), English cricketer who played a one first-class match in 1922 for Worcestershire
  • Frederick Lancelot Nott (1874-1927), Australian was a politician, Member of the Queensland Legislative Assembly (1920 to 1927)
  • Arthur Lancelot Bonner, English civil engineer involved in the design of the Sydney Harbour Bridge
  • Lancelot Stephen Bosanquet (1903-1984), British mathematician from St. Stephen's-by-Saltash, Cornwall, who worked in analysis, especially Fourier series


  1. ^ http://www.journaldesfemmes.com/nom-de-famille/nom/
  2. ^ New Zealand Yesteryears Passenger Lists 1800 to 1900 (Retrieved 17th October 2018). Retrieved from http://www.yesteryears.co.nz/shipping/passlist.html


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