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Nancy History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms



The Nancy history begins in Cornwall, a rugged coastal region in southwestern England. Quite distinct from Devon, the adjoining county, Cornwall had its own spoken language until the late 18th century. The Nancy history began here. The manner in which hereditary surnames arose is interesting. Local surnames were derived from where the original bearer lived, was born, or held land. Unlike most Celtic peoples, who favored patronymic names, the Cornish predominantly used local surnames. The Nancy family originally lived in the village of Nanfan, in Cornwall. Members of the family were involved in the blacksmith trade and prior to the 18th century often went by the occupational name Trengove, from the Cornish words tren meaning strong, and angove, meaning smith. Many used the name Trengoff of Nance.


Early Origins of the Nancy family


The surname Nancy was first found in Cornwall where they held a family seat from early times. The family name Nancy first appeared on the early census rolls taken by the early Kings of Britain to determine the rate of taxation of their subjects.

Early History of the Nancy family


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Nancy 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 Nance, Trengove, Trengoff, Trengrove and others.

Early Notables of the Nancy family (pre 1700)


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Migration of the Nancy family to Ireland


Some of the Nancy family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
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Migration of the Nancy family to the New World and Oceana


Early records show that people bearing the name Nancy arrived in North America quite early:

Nancy Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Jaques De Nancy, who arrived in America in 1828 [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
  • James Nancy, aged 40, who landed in New Orleans, La in 1841 [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)

Contemporary Notables of the name Nancy (post 1700)


  • Adolph Herman Nancy, American Democrat politician, Candidate for U.S. Representative from Utah 2nd District, 1970
  • Beatrice Nancy Seear PC (1913-1997), Baroness Seear, a British social scientist and politician
  • Dorothy Nancy Stroud MBE, Assistant Curator, Sir John Soanes Museum
  • Lynn Nancy Rivers (b. 1956), American Democrat politician, Member of Michigan State House of Representatives 53rd District, 1993-94; U.S. Representative from Michigan 13th District, 1995-2003; Defeated in primary, 2002 [2]CITATION[CLOSE]
    The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, November 9) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html
  • Nancy A. Thornberry (b. 1992), American chemist and CEO at Kallyope Inc; in 1992, she identified the first caspase, Caspase-1/Interleukin-1 converting enzyme (ICE)
  • Nancy McCampbell Grace (b. 1952), American Virginia Myers Professor of English at The College of Wooster in Wooster, Ohio
  • Nancy Clara Cunard (1896-1965), British writer, heiress and political activist, daughter of Sir Bache Cunard
  • Nancy Freeman Mitford (1904-1973), English writer, novelist, biographer and journalist, one of the renowned Mitford sisters
  • Nancy Padilla, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from New York, 1984, 1988
  • Nancy L. Weiss, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Illinois, 1972

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Citations


  1. ^ Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
  2. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, November 9) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html


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