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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.

Lucy Early Origins



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. [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
Burke, John Bernard, The Roll of Battle Abbey. London: Edward Churton, 26, Holles Street, 1848, Print.

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." [2]CITATION[CLOSE]
Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.

Another branch of the family was found at Lessness in Kent. It was here that Richard de Luci (1089-1179) of Richard de Lucy was High Sheriff of Essex and later Chief Justiciar of England (1154-1179.) He also founded "an abbey for Black canons, in honour of St. Mary and St. Thomas the Martyr in 1178." [2]CITATION[CLOSE]
Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.


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Lucy Spelling Variations


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Lucy Spelling Variations



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.

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Lucy Early History


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Lucy Early History



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 and printed products wherever possible.

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Lucy Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Lucy Early Notables (pre 1700)



Outstanding amongst the family at this time was William Lucy, High Sheriff of Herefordshire in 1400; Sir Richard Lucy, 1st Baronet (c.1592-1667), an English politician who sat in the House of Commons between 1647 and 1658; William Lucy (1594-1677), an English clergyman, Bishop of St David's (1660-1677); Sir Thomas Lucy (d.1525); and...

Another 60 words (4 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Lucy Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Lucy In Ireland


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Lucy In Ireland



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 and printed products wherever possible.

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The Great Migration



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

  • John Lucy settled in Virginia in 1653 along with Margaret
  • Joane Lucy, who arrived in Virginia in 1653
  • Thomas Lucy, who arrived in Virginia in 1657
  • William Lucy, who landed in Virginia in 1658
  • Tho Lucy, who landed in Virginia in 1660
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Lucy Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Robert Lucy, who arrived in Virginia in 1711
  • John Lucy, who landed in New England in 1750
  • William Lucy, who landed in America in 1793

Lucy Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Dennis Lucy, who landed in Mobile, Ala in 1860

Lucy Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century

  • Erick Lucy, who arrived in Nova Scotia in 1750

Lucy Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century

  • Jeremiah Lucy, aged 25, a labourer, arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick in 1834 aboard the brig "Thomas Hanford" from Cork, Ireland

Lucy Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • Hannah Lucy, aged 15, arrived in South Australia in 1849 aboard the ship "Elgin"
  • Hannah Lucy, aged 15, arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Elgin" in 1849
  • Abigail Lucy, aged 23, a servant, arrived in South Australia in 1855 aboard the ship "Rodney"
  • Agnes Lucy, aged 20, a domestic servant, arrived in South Australia in 1859 aboard the ship "North"
  • Harriett Lucy, aged 28, a domestic servant, arrived in South Australia in 1859 aboard the ship "North"

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Contemporary Notables of the name Lucy (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Lucy (post 1700)



  • William Lucy, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from District of Columbia, 2000
  • John D. Lucy, American Democrat politician, Alternate Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Connecticut, 1908
  • Irene M. Lucy, American politician, Delegate to New Hampshire State Constitutional Convention from Conway, 1956
  • Henry M. Lucy, American politician, Village President of Allen Park, Michigan, 1951-53
  • Dennis B. Lucy, American Democrat politician, Candidate for U.S. Representative from New York 22nd District, 1898
  • Gary Edward Lucy (b. 1981), English television actor and model
  • Charles Lucy (1814-1873), English historical painter
  • Sir Henry William Lucy (1845-1924), English journalist
  • Judith Mary Lucy (b. 1968), Australian comedian
  • Jeffrey John Lucy AO (b. 1946), former Chairman of the Australian Securities and Investments Commission
  • ... (Another 1 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Citations


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Citations



  1. ^ Burke, John Bernard, The Roll of Battle Abbey. London: Edward Churton, 26, Holles Street, 1848, Print.
  2. ^ Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.

Other References

  1. Best, Hugh. Debrett's Texas Peerage. New York: Coward-McCann, 1983. Print. (ISBN 069811244X).
  2. Skordas, Guest. Ed. The Early Settlers of Maryland an Index to Names or Immigrants Complied from Records of Land Patents 1633-1680 in the Hall of Records Annapolis, Maryland. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1968. Print.
  3. Crozier, William Armstrong Edition. Crozier's General Armory A Registry of American Families Entitled to Coat Armor. New York: Fox, Duffield, 1904. Print.
  4. Shaw, William A. Knights of England A Complete Record from the Earliest Time to the Present Day of the Knights of all the Orders of Chivalry in England, Scotland, Ireland and Knights Bachelors 2 Volumes. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print. (ISBN 080630443X).
  5. Library of Congress. American and English Genealogies in the Library of Congress. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1967. Print.
  6. Reaney P.H and R.M. Wilson. A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X).
  7. Markale, J. Celtic Civilization. London: Gordon & Cremonesi, 1976. Print.
  8. Fairbairn. Fairbain's book of Crests of the Families of Great Britain and Ireland, 4th Edition 2 volumes in one. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1968. Print.
  9. Egle, William Henry. Pennsylvania Genealogies Scotch-Irish and German. Harrisburg: L.S. Hart, 1886. Print.
  10. Mills, A.D. Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4).
  11. ...

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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