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Where did the English Tansey family come from? What is the English Tansey family crest and coat of arms? When did the Tansey family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Tansey family history?


Until quite recently, the English language has lacked a definite system of spelling rules. Consequently, Anglo-Saxon surnames are characterized by a multitude of spelling variations. Changes in Anglo-Saxon names were influenced by the evolution of the English language, as it incorporated elements of French, Latin, and other languages. Although Medieval scribes and church officials recorded names as they sounded, so it is common to find one person referred to by several different spellings of his surname, even the most literate people varied the spelling of their own names. Variations of the name Tansey include Tansley, Tansleigh and others.

First found in Derbyshire where they held a family seat from very ancient times, before and after the Norman Conquest in 1066.


This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Tansey research. Another 137 words(10 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Tansey History in all our PDF Extended History products.


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Searching for a better life, many English families migrated to British colonies. Unfortunately, the majority of them traveled under extremely harsh conditions: overcrowding on the ships caused the majority of the immigrants to arrive diseased, famished, and destitute from the long journey across the ocean. For those families that arrived safely, modest prosperity was attainable, and many went on to make invaluable contributions to the development of the cultures of the new colonies. Research into the origins of individual families in North America revealed records of the immigration of a number of people bearing the name Tansey or a variant listed above:

Tansey Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • Alexander Tansey, who arrived in Maryland in 1680

Tansey Settlers in United States in the 20th Century

  • Annie Tansey, aged 12, who emigrated to the United States from Preston, England, in 1909
  • Brian Tansey, aged 18, who landed in America from Ballymote, Ireland, in 1909
  • Andrew Joseph Tansey, aged 28, who emigrated to America from London, England, in 1910
  • Annie Tansey, aged 20, who landed in America from Gusteen, Ireland, in 1910
  • Bridget Tansey, aged 23, who emigrated to the United States from Boyle, Ireland, in 1913

Tansey Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • Mary Tansey, aged 21, a nurse, arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Earl Granville" in 1880
  • Elizabeth Tansey, aged 18, a housemaid, arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Earl Granville" in 1880


  • Luraine Tansey, American slide librarian who created the first Universal Slide Classification System in 1969
  • Mark Tansey (b. 1949), American postmodern painter
  • Gregory James "Greg" Tansey (b. 1988), English footballer
  • Jordan Tansey (b. 1986), English rugby league player


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The Tansey Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Tansey 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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