The Nancarrow surname is a habitational name taken on from any of several places so named in Cornwall
. The place names come from the Cornish words "nans," meaning "valley," and "carow," meaning "a stag."
Early Origins of the Nancarrow family
The surname Nancarrow was first found in Cornwall
where they held a family seat
as Lords of the Manor of Nancaroow. Cornwall
was a land set apart, a land of mystique and quaint customs, more strongly related to Brittany
than to England
. It was not until the 10th century that they submitted to the Saxon rule of England. Since then, their influence has moved east into Devon
Early History of the Nancarrow family
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Nancarrow Spelling Variations
Cornish surnames are characterized by a multitude of spelling variations
. The frequent changes in surnames are due to the fact that the Old and Middle English languages lacked definite spelling rules. The official court languages, which were Latin and French, were also influential on the spelling of a surname. Since the spelling of surnames was rarely consistent in medieval times, and scribes and church officials recorded names as they sounded rather than adhering to any specific spelling rules, it was common to find the same individual referred to with different spellings of their surname in the ancient chronicles. Moreover, a large number of foreign names were brought into England
, which accelerated and accentuated the alterations to the spelling of various surnames. Lastly, spelling variations
often resulted from the linguistic differences between the people of Cornwall
and the rest of England. The Cornish spoke a unique Brythonic Celtic
language which was first recorded in written documents during the 10th century. However, they became increasingly Anglicized, and Cornish became extinct as a spoken language in 1777, although it has been revived by Cornish patriots in the modern era. The name has been spelled Nancarrow, Nancarro, Nancarroe, Nancarrowe and many more.
Early Notables of the Nancarrow family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Nancarrow family to the New World and Oceana
Some of the first settlers of this family name were:
Nancarrow Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century
- Walter Nancarrow, age 5, who was recorded in the census of Ontario, Canada of 1871
Nancarrow Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
- William Nancarrow, aged 21, a miner, who arrived in South Australia in 1854 aboard the ship "Sir Thomas Gresham" CITATION[CLOSE]
South Australian Register Monday 20th March 1854. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) Sir Thomas Gresham 1854. Retrieved http://www.theshipslist.com/ships/australia/sirthomasgresham1854.shtml.
- William Nancarrow, aged 39, a miner, who arrived in South Australia in 1855 aboard the ship "Thomas Arbuthnot"
- Stephen Nancarrow, aged 20, a miner, who arrived in South Australia in 1856 aboard the ship "Lord Hungerford"
- Richard Nancarrow, aged 21, a miner, who arrived in South Australia in 1856 aboard the ship "Lord Hungerford"
Contemporary Notables of the name Nancarrow (post 1700)
- Conlon Nancarrow (1921-1997), American composer from Texarkana, Arkansas
- S. N. Nancarrow, American politician, Mayor of Texarkana, Arkansas, 1927-31
- Cam Nancarrow (b. 1945), Australian former squash player from Sydney
Historic Events for the Nancarrow family
- Mr. William Henry Nancarrow (d. 1912), aged 33, English Third Class passenger from St Austell, Cornwall who sailed aboard the RMS Titanic and died in the sinking CITATION[CLOSE]
Titanic Passenger List - Titanic Facts. (Retrieved 2016, July 13) . Retrieved from http://www.titanicfacts.net/titanic-passenger-list.html