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Gender: Male Meaning of Tancred: "thoughtful counsel" Origin of Tancred: German

The name Tancred is a boy's name of German origin meaning "thoughtful counsel". Tancred and discussed in our forums with posts like "Love, Like, Lose -- Outlandish/Guilty Pleasures edition!".

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More familiar to most English speakers in its Italian form, Tancredo, this Old School name is one to consider if you want something both authentic and highly unusual.

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Famous People Named Tancred

Tancred, Norman leader of the First Crusade, Prince of Galilee and regent of Antioch
Tancred of Hauteville, Norman nobleman
Tancred, Prince of Bari
Tancred, Count of Syracuse
Tancred, King of Sicily
Tancred Ibsen, Norwegian officer, grandson of Henrik Ibsen
(Carl) Tancred Borenius, Finnish art historian
Tancred of Conversano, count of Brindisi
Tancred Tancredi, Dominican friar
Tancred of Bologna, Dominican canonist
Tankrad, abbot of Prum Abbey
Tancred "Tanc" Sade, Australian actor

Pop Culture References for the name Tancred

Tancred of Salerno, character in Boccaccio's Decameron
Tancred, a character in computer game Diablo 2
Tancred, a character in Summoner, known as the "King of Fleas"
Tancred Torsson, character in Jenny Nimmo's "The Children of the Red King" series
Tancred, King of Naples and Prince of Salerne, character in "Tancred and Gismund," English Elizabethan play
Old French name of Germanic origin, brought to England by the Normans


bgcatp Says:


This name has been passed down for generations in my family. We always use the nickname "Tanc" though people always misspell it as "Tank"

lesliemarion Says:


I like it, but…. I always think of tanked when I see it.

Zelliew Says:


I don't think it has anything going for it either

HollyMaxSpencer Says:


I feel, for some odd reason, that this could be a female name as well

senseandsensibility Says:


Like Tancred Paladin from my favourite book series! Love it, probably only because of the association :)

Whirligig Says: