Tansey History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Early Origins of the Tansey family

The surname Tansey was first found in Derbyshire at Tansley, a hamlet, in the parish of Crich, union of Bakewell, hundred of Wirksworth. [1] The first record of this family was Hemming de Taneslea who was listed in the Pipe Rolls of Derbyshire in 1175. [2]

The hamlet of Tansley dates back to the Domesday Book of 1086 where it was first recorded as Taneslege. [3] The place name probably meant "woodland clearing of a man called Tan," from the Old English personal name + "leah." [4]

Early History of the Tansey family

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Tansey Spelling Variations

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.

Early Notables of the Tansey family (pre 1700)

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United States Tansey migration to the United States +

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 [5]
Tansey Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
  • Annie Tansey, aged 12, who immigrated 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 immigrated 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 immigrated to the United States from Boyle, Ireland, in 1913
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Canada Tansey migration to Canada +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Tansey Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century
  • Mr. Dennis Tansey, aged 26 who was emigrating through Grosse Isle Quarantine Station, Quebec aboard the ship "Dykes" departing 23rd April 1847 from Sligo, Ireland; the ship arrived on 10th June 1847 but he died on board [6]
  • Mr. James Tansey, aged 2 who was emigrating through Grosse Isle Quarantine Station, Quebec aboard the ship "Dykes" departing 23rd April 1847 from Sligo, Ireland; the ship arrived on 10th June 1847 but he died on board [6]

New Zealand Tansey migration to New Zealand +

Emigration to New Zealand followed in the footsteps of the European explorers, such as Captain Cook (1769-70): first came sealers, whalers, missionaries, and traders. By 1838, the British New Zealand Company had begun buying land from the Maori tribes, and selling it to settlers, and, after the Treaty of Waitangi in 1840, many British families set out on the arduous six month journey from Britain to Aotearoa to start a new life. Early immigrants include:

Tansey Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • Mary Tansey, aged 21, a nurse, who arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Earl Granville" in 1880
  • Elizabeth Tansey, aged 18, a housemaid, who arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Earl Granville" in 1880

Contemporary Notables of the name Tansey (post 1700) +

  • T. B. Tansey, American politician, Member of Alaska territorial House of Representatives 3rd District, 1915-16 [7]
  • Joseph J. Tansey, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Maine, 1956 [7]
  • John P. Tansey, American Democrat politician, Alternate Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Puerto Rico, 1940 [7]
  • Charles M. Tansey, American politician, Delegate to New Mexico State Constitutional Convention, 1969 [7]
  • Mark Tansey (b. 1949), American postmodern painter
  • Luraine Tansey, American slide librarian who created the first Universal Slide Classification System in 1969
  • Jordan Tansey (b. 1986), English rugby league player
  • Gregory James "Greg" Tansey (b. 1988), English footballer


  1. ^ Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.
  2. ^ Reaney, P.H and R.M. Wilson, A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X)
  3. ^ Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds., Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8)
  4. ^ Mills, A.D., Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4)
  5. ^ 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)
  6. ^ Charbonneau, André, and Doris Drolet-Dubé. A Register of Deceased Persons at Sea and on Grosse Île in 1847. The Minister of Canadian Heritage, 1997. ISBN: 0-660-198/1-1997E (p. 97)
  7. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2016, January 27) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html


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