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This is a noble English and sometimes Irish surname, but one of ultimately Norman-French origins. It originates from the town of Lassy in Calvados, France, and the original name holders came to England with the army of William, Duke of Normandy in 1066. The place name is derived from the Gaulish personal name, "Lascius", itself of biblical and Roman origins. The brothers Ilbert de Lacy and William de Lacy both founded notable and distinguished families in later centuries, with one of Ilbert's descendants being John, the first earl of Lincoln, one of the noblemen who compelled King John to sign the famous Magna Carta in 1215, which helped in time to guarantee freedom for all citizens...

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