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The name Tanksley was brought to England in the great wave of migration following the Norman Conquest of 1066. It comes from the ancient Norman given name Tancred.

Tanksley Early Origins



The surname Tanksley 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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Tanksley Spelling Variations


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Tanksley 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 Tancred, Tancard, Tancert, Tancrette, Tankard and many more.

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Tanksley Early History


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Tanksley Early History



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

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Tanksley Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Tanksley Early Notables (pre 1700)



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

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Tanksley In Ireland


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Tanksley In Ireland



Some of the Tanksley 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



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 Tanksley or a variant listed above: Walter Tankard arrived in Virginia in 1716; William Tankard settled in Virginia in 1606; 14 years before the "Mayflower"; William Tankard settled in Maryland in 1774..

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Contemporary Notables of the name Tanksley (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Tanksley (post 1700)



  • Joshua O'Neil Tanksley (b. 1986), American actor, known for CrazySexyCool: The TLC Story (2013), Step Off (2011) and Stomp the Yard 2: Homecoming (2010)
  • Charles B. Tanksley (b. 1952), American politician, five-term member of the Georgia Senate (1995-2004)
  • Steven Dale Tanksley, American Liberty Hyde Bailey Professor of Plant breeding and Biometry, Chair of the Genomics Initiative Task Force at Cornell University College of Agriculture and Life Sciences
  • Peggy E. Tanksley, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Ohio, 2000, 2004, 2008

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See Also


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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. Hitching, F.K and S. Hitching. References to English Surnames in 1601-1602. Walton On Thames: 1910. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0181-3).
  2. Shaw, William A. Knights of England A Complete Record from the Earliest Time to the Present Day of the Knights of all the Orders of Chivalry in England, Scotland, Ireland and Knights Bachelors 2 Volumes. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print. (ISBN 080630443X).
  3. Hanks, Hodges, Mills and Room. The Oxford Names Companion. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2002. Print. (ISBN 0-19-860561-7).
  4. Marcharn, Frederick George. A Constitutional History of Modern England 1485 to the Present. London: Harper and Brothers, 1960. Print.
  5. Crozier, William Armstrong Edition. Crozier's General Armory A Registry of American Families Entitled to Coat Armor. New York: Fox, Duffield, 1904. Print.
  6. Bullock, L.G. Historical Map of England and Wales. Edinburgh: Bartholomew and Son, 1971. Print.
  7. Colletta, John P. They Came In Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
  8. Samuelsen, W. David. New York City Passenger List Manifests Index 1820 - 1824. North Salt Lake, Utah: Accelerated Indexing Systems International, 1986. Print.
  9. Bowman, George Ernest. The Mayflower Reader A Selection of Articales from The Mayflower Descendent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  10. Burke, John Bernard Ed. The Roll of Battle Abbey. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
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The Tanksley Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Tanksley 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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