Last name: Lacey
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I think the brothers were Ilbert and Walter(not William).There must have been many junior branches of the family and at least one illegitimate son is recorded.There is also the issue of the FitzEustace name change.Ultimately,it is likely that most modern Lacy/Lacey families are descended from an Anglo Norman.Unless you are of the modern nobility, with a pedigree,it's exceedingly difficult to find out which Anglo Norman.Nevertheless,a great surname.
hannah, dont listen to Rodger. Clearly he has no idea what he is talking about. Making a statement that "most Laceys are descendend from unimportant members of the family who inherited little of note" is an embarrasing, childish and woefully uniformed commentary. He is likely unemployed and most lacking a formal education.
Rodger De Lacey
It means Lacey's are of Norman descent (''Lacey'' would be rare for non-members of the original family. Servants taking the name of the master does happen but it is over-played and names like ''Lacey'' seem too particular), however, most Laceys are descended from unimportant members of the family who inherited little of note. Ah, how fickle fate can be!
Rodger De Lacey you need to study your history. Many De Lacey came from France to create a settlement to give Marie Antoinette. Though they weren't successful. Most of the De Lacey changed their name spelling to Lacey to make it easier to avoid the authorities looking for anyone who was willing to help Marie A.
Sorry for the second sentence I meant to say that they were trying to give Marie Antoinette a place to come for safety.
Michael De Leacy
All very interesting given the variation in my surname which is also mentioned in the article above. this is the first time I have seen anything of this detail. I looked "Lassy" up on Google and discovered we had inadvertently driven through there on holiday.