Tankervill History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The name Tankervill came to England with the ancestors of the Tankervill family in the Norman Conquest of 1066. The Tankervill 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." [1]

Early Origins of the Tankervill family

The surname Tankervill 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 was guardian to Duke William, hereditary Chamberlain of Normandy, and founder of Bocherville Abbey." [2]

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. [3]

Early History of the Tankervill family

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Tankervill 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 Tancerville, Tankerville, Tancarville, Tankarville, Tancarvill and many more.

Early Notables of the Tankervill family (pre 1700)

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Migration of the Tankervill family

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 Tankervill or a variant listed above: Christopher Tancarvill who landed in North America in 1746.



  1. ^ Lower, Mark Anthony, Patronymica Britannica, A Dictionary of Family Names of the United Kingdom. London: John Russel Smith, 1860. Print.
  2. ^ 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)
  3. ^ Cleveland, Dutchess of The Battle Abbey Roll with some Account of the Norman Lineages. London: John Murray, Abermarle Street, 1889. Print. Volume 3 of 3


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