The Quince surname is one of the many Norman names that came to Britain following 1066. The Quince surname is generally thought to have come from Cuinchy in the Arrondissement of Béthune, Pays de Calais region of northern France; however there were several places in France such as Quincy-sous-Sénard in Seine-et-Oise or Quincy-Voisins in Seine-et-Marne. Another reference states clearly that the name is "a baronial family from Quincé, Maine." CITATION[CLOSE]
The Norman People and Their Existing Descendants in the British Dominions and the United States Of America. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1975. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0636-X)
These place names all derive from the Gallo-Roman personal name
Quintus, meaning "fifth-born."
Early Origins of the Quince family
The surname Quince was first found in Northamptonshire, where the first of several to bear the name Saer de Quincy (Saer I) was Lord of the Manor of Long Buckby. Saer I was the second husband of Matilda of St Liz, stepdaughter of King David I of Scotland
, and thus the family had holdings in Scotland
from very early times.
This line produced Saer de Quincy (1170-1219), 1st Earl of Winchester. He was one of the leaders of the baronial rebellion against King John of England. He fought against King John after the Magna Carta was signed in 1215. While on the Fifth Crusade in 1219, he fell sick and died and was buried in Acre, the capital of the Kingdom of Jerusalem.
He had a grant from the crown of the Manor of Bushley in Northamptonshire, previously the property of Anselme de Conchis. He had two sons, one was a Soldier of the Cross and the other named Saier was created Earl of Winchester by King John. CITATION[CLOSE]
Burke, John Bernard, The Roll of Battle Abbey. London: Edward Churton, 26, Holles Street, 1848, Print. "The name is in Holinshed's list of the followers of William the Conqueror." CITATION[CLOSE]
Lowe, Mark Anthony, Patronymica Britannica, A Dictionary of Family Names of the United Kingdom. London: John Russel Smith, 1860. Print.
Early History of the Quince family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Quince research.Another 226 words (16 lines of text) covering the years 1160, 1155, 1219, 1195, 1265, 1155, 1219, 1219 and 1722 are included under the topic Early Quince History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Quince Spelling Variations
Multitudes of spelling variations
are a hallmark of Anglo Norman names. Most of these names evolved in the 11th and 12th century, in the time after the Normans
introduced their own Norman French language into a country where Old and Middle English had no spelling rules and the languages of the court were French and Latin. To make matters worse, medieval scribes spelled words according to sound, so names frequently appeared differently in the various documents in which they were recorded. The name was spelled Quincy, Quincey, de Quincey, Quince and others.
Early Notables of the Quince family (pre 1700)
Outstanding amongst the family at this time was Saer de Quincy (1155-1219), 1st Earl of Winchester, a prominent figure in both Scotland
, who was one of the leaders of the baronial rebellion against King John of England
that followed the Magna Carta. He died in 1219... Another 48 words (3 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Quince Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Quince family to Ireland
Some of the Quince family moved to Ireland
, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.Another 74 words (5 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Quince family to the New World and Oceana
Because of this political and religious unrest within English society, many people decided to immigrate to the colonies. Families left for Ireland
, North America, and Australia
in enormous numbers, traveling at high cost in extremely inhospitable conditions. The New World in particular was a desirable destination, but the long voyage caused many to arrive sick and starving. Those who made it, though, were welcomed by opportunities far greater than they had known at home in England
. Many of these families went on to make important contributions to the emerging nations of Canada and the United States. Analysis of immigration records indicates that some of the first North American immigrants bore the name Quince or a variant listed above:
Quince Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
- Parker Quince who settled in Boston in 1763
Quince Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
- Thomas Quince, who landed in New York, NY in 1816 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)
Quince Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
- Jane Quince, aged 30, a servant, who arrived in South Australia in 1854 aboard the ship "Fortune" CITATION[CLOSE]
South Australian Register Thursday 8th June 1854. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) Fortune 1854. Retrieved http://www.theshipslist.com/ships/australia/fortune1854.shtml.
Quince Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
- Hannah Quince, aged 27, a laundress, who arrived in Nelson, New Zealand aboard the ship "Clifford" in 1842