Lancy History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms
The name Lancy reached England in the great wave of migration following the Norman Conquest of 1066. It is based on the Germanic personal name Lanzo, which was initially a short form of numerous compound names with the first portion land, which means land or territory. The name became popular among the Normans because of its association with the Old French word lance, which means spear. After the Norman Conquest, the Old English naming system gradually dissolved. Old English names became less common and were replaced by popular continental European names. The Normans imported a vast number of Norman French personal names, which largely replaced traditional Old English personal names among the upper and middle classes
Early Origins of the Lancy family
The surname Lancy was first found in Norfolk, where they held a family seat from the Middle Ages.
However, we did find a solitary early listing of the family in Penarth, Cornwall. "Penarth or Penair, which in the days of Hals belonged to the family of Launce, was by them sold to the Boscawens." 
Early History of the Lancy family
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Lancy Spelling Variations
The English language only became standardized in the last few centuries. For that reason, spelling variations are common among many Anglo-Norman names. The shape of the English language was frequently changed with the introduction of elements of Norman French, Latin, and other European languages; even the spelling of literate people's names were subsequently modified. Lancy has been recorded under many different variations, including Lance, Laence, Lence, Lancie and others.
Early Notables of the Lancy family (pre 1700)
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To escape the uncertainty of the political and religious uncertainty found in England, many English families boarded ships at great expense to sail for the colonies held by Britain. The passages were expensive, though, and the boats were unsafe, overcrowded, and ridden with disease. Those who were hardy and lucky enough to make the passage intact were rewarded with land, opportunity, and social environment less prone to religious and political persecution. Many of these families went on to be important contributors to the young nations of Canada and the United States where they settled. Lancys were some of the first of the immigrants to arrive in North America:
Lancy Settlers in United States in the 19th Century