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The name Percy reached England
in the great wave of migration following the Norman Conquest
of 1066. The Percy family lived in Yorkshire
. They claim the same ancestry as Tesson and Marmion in Normandy
, both relatively rare names today. One of the oldest records was Ralph Tesson who was found in Anjou
in the 10th century. He acquired a barony in Normandy
and founded the abbey of Fontenay. From this House, descended the Marmions, of whom William Marmilon on Fontenay (a Tesson estate) was listed. It is generally thought that the Percys probably derive from Ernegis Tesson. 
"The arms of these families show their common origin." All bear a fesse with the Percys having a fesse indented. 
The surname Percy was first found in Yorkshire
where "William de Perci, who with his brother Serlo, assisted in the Conquest of England
, appears in the Domesday [Book] as tenant
in capite in many counties, especially in those of York and Lincoln. Perci is the name of a parish and canton near St. Lo, in Normandy
, the ancient fief on the family." 
Sawley in the West Riding of Yorkshire
was an early home to the family. "It belonged to a Cistercian abbey in honour of the Blessed Virgin, founded here in 1146, by William de Percy, and the revenue of which, at the Dissolution, was estimated at £221." 
Thirsk in the North Riding of Yorkshire
was home to another branch of the family. "In the reign of Henry VII., during a popular commotion, Henry Percy, Earl of Northumberland
, and lieutenant of this county, is said to have been put to death here, beneath a very ancient elm-tree, which formerly grew on Elm Green." 
And yet another branch of the family was found in Wressel in the East Riding of Yorkshire
. "Wressel Castle was built by Thomas Percy, Earl of Worcester, who was made prisoner at the battle of Shrewsbury, and afterwards beheaded; this once princely mansion continued to be a seat of the family till the reign of Charles I., when it was dismantled by order of the parliament." 
Before English spelling was standardized a few hundred years ago, spelling variations of names were a common occurrence. Elements of Latin, Norman French and other languages became incorporated into English throughout the Middle Ages, and name spellings changed even among the literate. The variations of the surname Percy include Percy, Percie and others.
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Percy research. Another 605 words (43 lines of text) covering the years 1403, 1364, 1403, 1403, 1343, 1403, 1560, 1605, 1341, 1408, 1362, 1367, 1564, 1632, 1586, 1631, 1602, 1668, 1646, 1690, 1667 and 1722 are included under the topic Early Percy History in all our PDF Extended History products
Another 385 words (28 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Percy Notables in all our PDF Extended History products
at this time, the uncertainty of the political and religious environment of the time caused many families to board ships for distant British colonies in the hopes of finding land and opportunity, and escaping persecution. The voyages were expensive, crowded, and difficult, though, and many arrived in North America sick, starved, and destitute. Those who did make it, however, were greeted with greater opportunities and freedoms that they could have experienced at home. Many of those families went on to make important contributions to the young nations in which they settled. Early immigration records have shown some of the first Percys to arrive on North American shores:
Percy Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
- Abraham Percy, who arrived in Virginia in 1616
- George Percy, who landed in Virginia in 1632
- Edward Percy, who arrived in Virginia in 1633
- Robert Percy settled in Virginia in 1634
- Annis Percy settled in Barbados in 1635
Percy Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
- John Percy, who landed in Virginia in 1713
- Francis Percy, who arrived in Georgia in 1735
Percy Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
- Barnd Elliott Percy, aged 26, arrived in South Carolina in 1812
- Thomas Percy, who landed in San Francisco, California in 1851
Percy Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century
- Mr. James Percy U.E. who settled in St. Andrews, Charlotte County, New Brunswick c. 1784
- Mr. John Percy U.E. who settled in Canada c. 1784
- Mr. John Percy U.E., (Perry) who settled in Ernest Town [Ernestown], Lennox & Addington, Ontario c. 1784
Percy Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century
- Charles Percy, who landed in Canada in 1841
Percy Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
- William Percy, aged 54, a labourer, arrived in South Australia in 1855 aboard the ship "Thomas Arbuthnot"
- Richard S. Percy, aged 24, a labourer, arrived in South Australia in 1855 aboard the ship "Thomas Arbuthnot"
- Rodger Percy, aged 26, a labourer, arrived in South Australia in 1855 aboard the ship "Thomas Arbuthnot"
- Anne Percy, aged 16, a servant, arrived in South Australia in 1855 aboard the ship "Thomas Arbuthnot"
- Harriet Percy, aged 19, a servant, arrived in South Australia in 1855 aboard the ship "Thomas Arbuthnot"
Percy Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
- Joseph Hewlett Percy, aged 40, a carpenter, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Clifton" in 1842
- Esther Percy, aged 39, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Clifton" in 1842
- Joseph Henry Percy, aged 19, a carpenter, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Clifton" in 1842
- Elizabeth Percy, aged 16, a dressmaker, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Clifton" in 1842
- Henry James Percy, aged 7, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Clifton" in 1842
- Hugh Earl Percy (1742-1817), Duke of Northumberland and Brigadier General in the Battle of Lexington and Concord in the American Revolutionary War
- Le Roy Percy (1860-1929), American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Mississippi, 1892; U.S. Senator from Mississippi, 1910-13
- John A. Percy, American Republican politician, Alternate Delegate to Republican National Convention from California, 1924
- George R. Percy, American politician, Member of Maryland State House of Delegates from Dorchester County, 1906
- George Percy, American politician, Candidate for Mayor of Monroe, Michigan, 1933
- George Percy, American politician, Member of Maryland State House of Delegates from Allegany County, 1870
- Charles Harting Percy (1919-2011), American Republican politician, Candidate for Governor of Illinois, 1964; U.S. Senator from Illinois, 1967-85; Defeated, 1984
- Algernon S. Percy, American politician, Member of Maryland State House of Delegates from Dorchester County, 1868
- Patricia Percy, American Republican politician, Chair of Sagadahoc County Republican Party, 2003; Alternate Delegate to Republican National Convention from Maine, 2008
- S. Lynn Percy, American politician, Member of Maryland State House of Delegates from Dorchester County, 1888
The motto was originally a war cry or slogan. Mottoes first began to be shown with arms in the 14th and 15th centuries, but were not in general use until the 17th century. Thus the oldest coats of arms generally do not include a motto. Mottoes seldom form part of the grant of arms: Under most heraldic authorities, a motto is an optional component of the coat of arms, and can be added to or changed at will; many families have chosen not to display a motto. Motto:
Esperance en DieuMotto Translation:
Hope in God.
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The Percy Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Percy 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.
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