Pancefort History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The ancestors of the Pancefort family brought their name to England in the wave of migration after the Norman Conquest of 1066. They lived in Gloucestershire, where the family was found since the early Middle Ages.

Early Origins of the Pancefort family

The surname Pancefort 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 Pancefort family

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

Pancefort Spelling Variations

Before the last few hundred years the English language had no fixed system of spelling rules. For that reason, spelling variations occurred commonly in Anglo Norman surnames. Over the years, many variations of the name Pancefort were recorded, including Pauncefoot, Pauncefort, Pauncefoote, Pauncefote and others.

Early Notables of the Pancefort family (pre 1700)

Another 30 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Pancefort Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Migration of the Pancefort family

The unstable environment in England at this time caused numerous families to board ships and leave in search of opportunity and freedom from persecution abroad in places like Ireland, Australia, and particularly the New World. The voyage was extremely difficult, however, and only taken at great expense. The cramped conditions and unsanitary nature of the vessels caused many to arrive diseased and starving, not to mention destitute from the enormous cost. Still opportunity in the emerging nations of Canada and the United States was far greater than at home and many went on to make important contributions to the cultures of their adopted countries. An examination of many early immigration records reveals that people bearing the name Pancefort arrived in North America very early: John Pauncefoot who landed in North America in 1750.

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