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.
Early Origins of the Tankard family
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." CITATION[CLOSE]
Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.
Early History of the Tankard family
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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.
Early Notables of the Tankard family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Tankard family to 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.
Migration of the Tankard family to the New World and Oceana
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, who settled in Virginia in 1606
- Reba Tankard, who arrived in Virginia in 1695 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)
Tankard Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
- Walter Tankard, who arrived in Virginia in 1716
- William Tankard, who settled in Maryland in 1774
Tankard Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
- Alexander Tankard, aged 21, a painter, who arrived in South Australia in 1849 aboard the ship "Marion" CITATION[CLOSE]
State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) The MARION 1849. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1849Marion.htm
Tankard Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
- Arthur Tankard, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Zealandia" in 1878
Contemporary Notables of the name Tankard (post 1700)
- Bill Tankard, American politician, Representative from Tennessee 5th District, 1974 CITATION[CLOSE]
The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, October 20) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html