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The name Tankard reached English shores for the first time with the ancestors of the Tankard family as they migrated following the Norman Conquest of 1066. The name Tankard is based on the ancient Norman given name Tancred.

Tankard Early Origins



The surname Tankard was first found in Yorkshire where they held a family seat as Lords of the manor of Boroughbridge in that shire. They were descended from Tancred, son of the Good Marqis, who governed the principality of Antioch as Guardian of the Emperor Bohemond II. Tancred, whose barony was in Normandy in 912 A.D. was also the sire of the celebrated Tankervilles. Whixley in the West Riding of Yorkshire was home to one branch of the family. "The living [of Whixley] is a perpetual curacy, valued in the king's books at 7. 17. 1.; net income, 68; patrons and impropriators, the Governors of the Tancred charities. Christopher Tancred, Esq., whose family were long seated at the Hall, at his death in 1754, left his house to be converted into an hospital for twelve decayed gentlemen, and endowed it with estates which, in 1815, were let for 2480 per annum." [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.

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Tankard Spelling Variations


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Tankard Spelling Variations



The English language only became standardized in the last few centuries. For that reason, spelling variations are common among many Anglo-Norman names. The shape of the English language was frequently changed with the introduction of elements of Norman French, Latin, and other European languages; even the spelling of literate people's names were subsequently modified. Tankard has been recorded under many different variations, including Tancred, Tancard, Tancert, Tancrette, Tankard and many more.

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Tankard Early History


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Tankard Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Tankard research. Another 175 words (12 lines of text) covering the years 1187, 1663, 1703, 1665, 1744 and 1759 are included under the topic Early Tankard History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Tankard Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Tankard Early Notables (pre 1700)



Another 46 words (3 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Tankard Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Tankard In Ireland


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Tankard In Ireland



Some of the Tankard family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 35 words (2 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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The Great Migration



To escape the uncertainty of the political and religious uncertainty found in England, many English families boarded ships at great expense to sail for the colonies held by Britain. The passages were expensive, though, and the boats were unsafe, overcrowded, and ridden with disease. Those who were hardy and lucky enough to make the passage intact were rewarded with land, opportunity, and social environment less prone to religious and political persecution. Many of these families went on to be important contributors to the young nations of Canada and the United States where they settled. Tankards were some of the first of the immigrants to arrive in North America:

Tankard Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • William Tankard settled in Virginia in 1606
  • Reba Tankard, who arrived in Virginia in 1695

Tankard Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Walter Tankard arrived in Virginia in 1716
  • William Tankard settled in Maryland in 1774

Tankard Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • Alexander Tankard, aged 21, a painter, arrived in South Australia in 1849 aboard the ship "Marion"

Tankard Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • Arthur Tankard arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Zealandia" in 1878

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Contemporary Notables of the name Tankard (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Tankard (post 1700)



  • Bill Tankard, American politician, Representative from Tennessee 5th District, 1974

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Citations


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Citations



  1. ^ Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.

Other References

  1. Hanks, Hodges, Mills and Room. The Oxford Names Companion. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2002. Print. (ISBN 0-19-860561-7).
  2. Fairbairn. Fairbain's book of Crests of the Families of Great Britain and Ireland, 4th Edition 2 volumes in one. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1968. Print.
  3. Cook, Chris. English Historical Facts 1603-1688. London: MacMillan, 1980. Print.
  4. Virkus, Frederick A. Ed. Immigrant Ancestors A List of 2,500 Immigrants to America Before 1750. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1964. Print.
  5. Burke, Sir Bernard. General Armory Of England, Scotland, Ireland and Wales. Ramsbury: Heraldry Today. Print.
  6. Bradford, William. History of Plymouth Plantation 1620-1647 Edited by Samuel Eliot Morrison 2 Volumes. New York: Russell and Russell, 1968. Print.
  7. Innes, Thomas and Learney. The Tartans of the Clans and Families of Scotland 1st Edition. Edinburgh: W & A. K. Johnston Limited, 1938. Print.
  8. Library of Congress. American and English Genealogies in the Library of Congress. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1967. Print.
  9. Egle, William Henry. Pennsylvania Genealogies Scotch-Irish and German. Harrisburg: L.S. Hart, 1886. Print.
  10. Bede, The Venerable. Historia Ecclesiatica Gentis Anglorum (The Ecclesiastical History Of the English People). Available through Internet Medieval Sourcebook the Fordham University Centre for Medieval Studies. Print.
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The Tankard Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Tankard 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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