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Tancred or Tankred is a masculine given name of Germanic origin. Tankrad comes from thank- (thought) and -rad (counsel), meaning "well-thought advice". It was used in the High Middle Ages mainly by the Normans (see French Tancrède) and especially associated with the Hauteville family in Italy. It is rare today as a first name, but still common as a Norman surname: Tanqueray. Its Italian form is Tancredi and in Latin it is Tancredus. Its Italian patronymic is also Tancredi. Famous historical persons with the name include:

Fictional characters
  • Tancred of Salerno, character in Boccaccio's Decameron
  • Tancred, a character in the Italian epic poem La Gerusalemme liberata, 1581, by Torquato Tasso. He is beloved by Clorinda and Erminia, and often shown in art with one of them
  • Tancred Torsson, a character in Jenny Nimmo's "Children of the Red King" series
  • Tancred, a character in the computer game Diablo 2
  • Tancred, a character in Summoner, known as the "King of Fleas"
Works of art
  • Tancredi, an opera by Gioachino Rossini (1813), based on Tasso
  • Tancred (novel), a novel published in 1847 by Benjamin Disraeli, with a contemporary setting
  • Tancred (play), a nineteenth-century play by John Augustus Stone, based on the crusader

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