The name Tancervile was carried to England
in the enormous movement of people that followed the Norman Conquest
of 1066. The Tancervile family lived in Lincolnshire
. Their name, however, is a reference to Tanerdevilla, Normandy
. "An ancient barony in the arrondissement of Havre in Normandy
, called in records Tancredi villa, 'the vill of Tancred,' and, at the present day Tancarville. The ancient barons of Tancarville were hereditary chamberlains to the Dukes of Normandy." CITATION[CLOSE]
Lowe, Mark Anthony, Patronymica Britannica, A Dictionary of Family Names of the United Kingdom. London: John Russel Smith, 1860. Print.
Early Origins of the Tancervile family
The surname Tancervile was first found in Lincolnshire
where this family has to be considered one of the premier Norman families of all time. Tradition has it that they are descended from Tancred who lived in 912 A.D. and whose fief in Normandy
was named Tanerdevilla. Descended was Gerold, Sire de Tankcarville who had three sons, Ralph, who was Chamberlain and Guardian to William Duke of Normandy
, Gerold, was Dapifer of Duke William, and Amaury. Ralph's son William was Treasurer to King Henry 1st, and Justice of England
. He married Matilda, the daughter of William, the Viscount d'Arques. He had two sons, Rabel and Ralph. They held lands in Grantham, Oston and Somerly.
Early History of the Tancervile family
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Tancervile Spelling Variations
Endless spelling variations
are a prevailing characteristic of Norman surnames. Old and Middle English lacked any definite spelling rules, and the introduction of Norman French added an unfamiliar ingredient to the English linguistic stew. French and Latin, the languages of the court, also influenced spellings. Finally, Medieval scribes generally spelled words according to how they sounded, so one person was often referred to by different spellings in different documents. The name has been spelled Tancerville, Tankerville, Tancarville, Tankarville, Tancarvill and many more.
Early Notables of the Tancervile family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Tancervile family to the New World and Oceana
To escape the political and religious persecution within England
at the time, many English families left for the various British colonies abroad. The voyage was extremely difficult, though, and the cramped, dank ships caused many to arrive in the New World diseased and starving. But for those who made it, the trip was most often worth it. Many of the families who arrived went on to make valuable contributions to the emerging nations of Canada and the United States. An inquiry into the early roots of North American families reveals a number of immigrants bearing the name Tancervile or a variant listed above: Christopher Tancarvill who landed in North America in 1746.