Tankerville History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The history of the Tankerville family name begins after the Norman Conquest of 1066. 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." [1]

Early Origins of the Tankerville family

The surname Tankerville 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 Tankerville family

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Tankerville Spelling Variations

Anglo-Norman names are characterized by a multitude of spelling variations. When the Normans became the ruling people of England in the 11th century, they introduced a new language into a society where the main languages of Old and later Middle English had no definite spelling rules. These languages were more often spoken than written, so they blended freely with one another. Contributing to this mixing of tongues was the fact that medieval scribes spelled words according to sound, ensuring that a person's name would appear differently in nearly every document in which it was recorded. The name has been spelled Tancerville, Tankerville, Tancarville, Tankarville, Tancarvill and many more.

Early Notables of the Tankerville family (pre 1700)

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Migration of the Tankerville family

For many English families, the political and religious disarray that plagued their homeland made the frontiers of the New World an attractive prospect. Thousands migrated, aboard cramped disease-ridden ships. They arrived sick, poor, and hungry, but were welcomed in many cases with far greater opportunity than at home in England. Many of these hardy settlers went on to make important contributions to the emerging nations in which they landed. Among early immigrants bearing the name Tankerville or a variant listed above were: Christopher Tancarvill who landed in North America in 1746.


Contemporary Notables of the name Tankerville (post 1700) +

  • Tankerville Chamberlayne (1843-1924), English landowner in Hampshire and politician, Member of Parliament for Southampton


  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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