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Lucy is a name of ancient Norman origin. It arrived in England with the Norman Conquest of 1066. The Lucy family lived in Norfolk. Their name, however, derives from the family's place of residence prior to the Norman Conquest of 1066 of England, Luce in Orne in the bailiwick of le Passeis, near Domfront, Normandy.
The surname Lucy was first found in Norfolk where the first mention of the family of Lucy was made by Henry I of the lordship of Dice therein to Richard de Lucie, governor of Falais who later played a prominent role in the contests of King Stephen's reign. He was more than once Lieutenant of England.  The Lucys of Charlecote, Warwickshire descend from Sir William de Charlecote who changed his name to Lucy. This latter claim of a name change is of some dispute but what is certain is that this was the same gentleman that Shakespeare apparently lampooned in the 1580s by mocking his name and suggesting his wife was unfaithful. Again, this claim cannot be verified. Truro in Cornwall was an ancient home to some of the family. "The manor, in 1161, belonged to Richard de Luci, chief justice of England and lord of Truro, who probably built the castle (the site of which is still called Castle Hill), and who invested the inhabitants with numerous privileges, which were confirmed by Reginald Fitz-Henry, Earl of Cornwall, natural son of Henry I." 
Endless spelling variations are a prevailing characteristic of Norman surnames. Old and Middle English lacked any definite spelling rules, and the introduction of Norman French added an unfamiliar ingredient to the English linguistic stew. French and Latin, the languages of the court, also influenced spellings. Finally, Medieval scribes generally spelled words according to how they sounded, so one person was often referred to by different spellings in different documents. The name has been spelled Lucy, Luce, Lucey, Lucie and others.
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Lucy research. Another 179 words (13 lines of text) covering the years 1400, 1592, 1667, 1647, 1658, 1594, 1677, 1660, 1677, 1525, 1551, 1585, 1640, 1614, 1640, 1619, 1677 and 1653 are included under the topic Early Lucy History in all our PDF Extended History products.
Another 205 words (15 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Lucy Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.
Some of the Lucy family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 41 words (3 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products.
To escape the political and religious persecution within England at the time, many English families left for the various British colonies abroad. The voyage was extremely difficult, though, and the cramped, dank ships caused many to arrive in the New World diseased and starving. But for those who made it, the trip was most often worth it. Many of the families who arrived went on to make valuable contributions to the emerging nations of Canada and the United States. An inquiry into the early roots of North American families reveals a number of immigrants bearing the name Lucy or a variant listed above:
Lucy Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
Lucy Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
Lucy Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
Lucy Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century
Lucy Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century
Lucy Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
The Lucy Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Lucy 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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