Last name: Lacey

Recorded in several forms including de Lacey, Lacey, Lacy, Lassy, and Leacy, this is an English surname but of Norman-French pre 10th century origin. Introduced into Britain after the Conquest of 1066, it is locational and derives from the village of "Lassy" in Calvados, France. The place name is from an ancient Gaulish personal name, "Lascius", of uncertain etymology, plus the locational suffix "-acum", denoting place of or settlement. Two members of the original "Lassy" family came to England with William the Conqueror in 1066. These were the brothers Ilbert and William de Laci or Lacy. Ilbert was the ancestor of John, the 1st Earl of Lincoln, who was one of the barons involved in compelling King John (1199 - 1216) to sign Magna Carta in 1215. William's descendants distinguished themselves in Ireland under Henry 11 (1154 - 1189), whilst Peter Lacy (1678 - 1751), was the military adviser to Czar Peter, the Great, of Russia. Early examples of the surname include: Henry de Lasci (1185, Lincolnshire); Gilbert de Lascy (1273, Shropshire); and Isabella Lassy (1379, Yorkshire). Among the many recordings in the surviving church registers are the christening of John Lacy on August 26th 1586, at St. Botolph without Aldgate, in the city of London, and the marriage of John Lacey and Samone Steeven at Ingatestone, in the county of Kent, on October 13th 1594. The first recorded spelling of the family name is shown to be that of Roger Laci. This was dated 1086, in the Domesday Book, during the reign of King William 1st, 1066 - 1087. Throughout the centuries, surnames in every country have continued to "develop", often leading to astonishing variants of the original spelling.

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Michael Laci
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.

Steve
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!

Dean Lacey
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.

Dean Lacey
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.