This surname of PIERCEY was a locational name 'of Perci' a parish and canton near St.Lo, Normandy. Local surnames, by far the largest group, derived from a place name where the man held land or from the place from which he had come, or where he actually lived. These local surnames were originally preceded by a preposition such as "de", "atte", "by" or "in". The names may derive from a manor held, from working in a religious dwelling or from literally living by a wood or marsh or by a stream. William de Perci is set down as a tenant in the Domesday Book of 1086 in many counties. The name was brought to England in the wake of the Norman Conquest of 1066. Local names usually denoted where a man held his land. This name is one of the earliest examples of a local name becoming a font-name. Other early records of the name mention William de Percy, 1273 County York. Robert de Percey was documented in County Sussex in 1277. In many parts of central and western Europe, hereditary surnames began to become fixed at around the 12th century, and have developed and changed slowly over the years. As society became more complex, and such matters as the management of tenure, and in particular the collection of taxes were delegated to special functionaries, it became imperative to distinguish a more complex system of nomenclature to differentiate one individual from another. Sir Henry Percy (1366-1403) was called Hotspur. He was the eldest son of the Duke of Northumberland, and helped to place Henry IV. on the throne. He revolted in 1403, and was killed at the Battle of Shewsbury. William Percy of County Somerset, was documented during the reign of Edward III (1327-1377). William Perceye of Yorkshire, was listed in the Yorkshire Poll Tax of 1379. John Percey and Mary Willimes were married at St. Jame's, Clerkenwell, London in the year 1668. Thomas Percy (1768-1808), was an English antiquary, the editor of 'Reliques of Ancient English Poetry' and he wrote a collection of ballads, romances, and historical songs. The associated arms are recorded in Sir Bernard Burkes General Armory. Ulster King of Arms in 1884.
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