Pancefoot History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The name Pancefoot was brought to England in the great wave of migration following the Norman Conquest of 1066. The Pancefoot family lived in Gloucestershire, where the family was found since the early Middle Ages.

Early Origins of the Pancefoot family

The surname Pancefoot was first found in Gloucestershire where they held a family seat as Lords of the Manor of Hasfield. At the time of the taking of the Domesday Book in the year 1086 A.D., a survey of England initiated by Duke William of Normandy after his conquest of England in 1066, the chief tenant of Hasfield was Westminster Abbey and holding the land from the Abbey was Thurstan FitzRolf. It is from this latter Norman noble that the Paunceforts are conjecturally descended. Pancevold was a tenant-in-chief at the survey, and Pancefolt was an under-tenant. They held this manor until 1598. The name is derived from the French Pancevolt.

Important Dates for the Pancefoot family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Pancefoot research. Another 125 words (9 lines of text) covering the years 1200, 1383 and 1437 are included under the topic Early Pancefoot History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Pancefoot Spelling Variations

Norman surnames are characterized by a multitude of spelling variations. The frequent changes in surnames are largely due to the fact that the Old and Middle English languages lacked definite spelling rules. The introduction of Norman French to England, as well as the official court languages of Latin and French, also had pronounced influences on the spelling of surnames. Since medieval 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. The name has been spelled Pauncefoot, Pauncefort, Pauncefoote, Pauncefote and others.

Early Notables of the Pancefoot family (pre 1700)

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Migration of the Pancefoot family

Many English families emigrated to North American colonies in order to escape the political chaos in Britain at this time. Unfortunately, many English families made the trip to the New World under extremely harsh conditions. Overcrowding on the ships caused the majority of the immigrants to arrive diseased, famished, and destitute from the long journey across the stormy Atlantic. Despite these hardships, many of the families prospered and went on to make invaluable contributions to the development of the cultures of the United States and Canada. Early North American immigration records have revealed a number of people bearing the name Pancefoot or a variant listed above: John Pauncefoot who landed in North America in 1750.

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