The vast movement of people that followed the Norman Conquest
of 1066 brought the Tancerville family name to the British Isles. They 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 Tancerville family
The surname Tancerville 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 Tancerville family
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Tancerville Spelling Variations
A multitude of spelling variations
characterize Norman surnames. Many variations occurred because Old and Middle English lacked any definite spelling rules. The introduction of Norman French to England
also had a pronounced effect, as did the court languages of Latin and French. Therefore, one person was often referred to by several different spellings in a single lifetime. The various spellings include Tancerville, Tankerville, Tancarville, Tankarville, Tancarvill and many more.
Early Notables of the Tancerville family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Tancerville family to the New World and Oceana
Many English families left England
, to avoid the chaos of their homeland and migrated to the many British colonies abroad. Although the conditions on the ships were extremely cramped, and some travelers arrived diseased, starving, and destitute, once in the colonies, many of the families prospered and made valuable contributions to the cultures of what would become the United States and Canada. Research into the origins of individual families in North America has revealed records of the immigration of a number of people bearing the name Tancerville or a variant listed above: Christopher Tancarvill who landed in North America in 1746.