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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."

Nancarrow Early Origins



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 and Wales 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, Somerset and Dorset.

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Nancarrow Spelling Variations


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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.

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Nancarrow Early History


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Nancarrow Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Nancarrow research. Another 133 words (10 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Nancarrow History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Nancarrow Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Nancarrow Early Notables (pre 1700)



More information is included under the topic Early Nancarrow Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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The Great Migration


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The Great Migration



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, arrived in South Australia in 1854 aboard the ship "Sir Thomas Gresham"
  • William Nancarrow, aged 39, a miner, arrived in South Australia in 1855 aboard the ship "Thomas Arbuthnot"
  • Stephen Nancarrow, aged 20, a miner, arrived in South Australia in 1856 aboard the ship "Lord Hungerford"
  • Richard Nancarrow, aged 21, a miner, arrived in South Australia in 1856 aboard the ship "Lord Hungerford"

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Contemporary Notables of the name Nancarrow (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Nancarrow (post 1700)



  • Conlon Nancarrow (1921-1997), American composer from Texarkana, Arkansas
  • Cam Nancarrow (b. 1945), Australian former squash player from Sydney

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Nancarrow Historic Events


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Nancarrow Historic Events




RMS Titanic

  • 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

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Citations


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Citations



    Other References

    1. Colletta, John P. They Came In Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
    2. Library of Congress. American and English Genealogies in the Library of Congress. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1967. Print.
    3. Matthews, John. Matthews' American Armoury and Blue Book. London: John Matthews, 1911. Print.
    4. Marcharn, Frederick George. A Constitutional History of Modern England 1485 to the Present. London: Harper and Brothers, 1960. Print.
    5. Virkus, Frederick A. Ed. Immigrant Ancestors A List of 2,500 Immigrants to America Before 1750. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1964. Print.
    6. Bullock, L.G. Historical Map of England and Wales. Edinburgh: Bartholomew and Son, 1971. Print.
    7. Burke, Sir Bernard. Burke's Genealogical and Heraldic History of the Landed Gentry: Including American Families with British Ancestry. (2 Volumes). London: Burke Publishing, 1939. Print.
    8. Egle, William Henry. Pennsylvania Genealogies Scotch-Irish and German. Harrisburg: L.S. Hart, 1886. Print.
    9. Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin . Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8).
    10. Zieber, Eugene. Heraldry in America. Philadelphia: Genealogical Publishing Co. Print.
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    The Nancarrow Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Nancarrow 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.

    This page was last modified on 1 September 2016 at 17:08.

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