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Where did the English Denton family come from? What is the English Denton family crest and coat of arms? When did the Denton family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Denton family history?


Spelling variations of this family name include: Denton, Dennton, Dentone, Dentonn, Dentowne, Dentown, Dentoun, Denntoun, Danton, Dannton and many more.

First found in Northumberland where they the first record of the name was a considerable time before the Norman Conquest when Aelfweard Denton held manor and lands in that county. However, they are also traditionally understood to be a branch of the Barons of Tatershall, descended from Eudo, a companion of the Conqueror. [1] Denton Hall, located in Denton, a hamlet and civil parish in the Harrogate district of North Yorkshire is home to "a large colony" [2] of the name. The name Denton literally means "farmstead or village in a valley" derived from the Old English "denu" + "tun." Accordingly, there are many listings in the Domesday Book of the name with various spellings including Dentone, Denetun, Danetone, Dentuna, Dentun and Dodintone. [3]


This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Denton research. Another 161 words(12 lines of text) covering the years 1066, 1407, 1414, 1515, 1558, 1536, 1558, 1536, 1539, 1547, 1554, 1554, 1558, 1633, 1604, 1622, 1626, 1703 and 1670 are included under the topic Early Denton History in all our PDF Extended History products.


Another 247 words(18 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Denton Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.


Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Denton Settlers in the United States in the 17th Century

  • Richard Denton, who landed in Boston, Massachusetts in 1630
  • Jacob Denton who settled in Virginia in the year 1633
  • Richard Denton settled in Connecticut in 1635
  • Jacob Denton, aged 20, arrived in Virginia in 1635
  • Henrick Denton, who landed in Virginia in 1658

Denton Settlers in the United States in the 18th Century

  • Trephana Denton, who landed in Virginia in 1719

Denton Settlers in the United States in the 19th Century

  • Gideon Denton, who arrived in America in 1805
  • Charles Denton, aged 34, arrived in New York in 1812
  • Mr. Denton, who arrived in Mobile, Ala in 1821
  • Christino Denton, who landed in San Francisco, California in 1850
  • J Denton, who arrived in San Francisco, California in 1850


  • Denice Dee Denton (1959-2006), ninth chancellor of the University of California, Santa Cruz
  • James Thomas "Jamie" Denton (b. 1963), American film and television actor, best known for playing Mike Delfino in the television series Desperate Housewives
  • Jeremiah Andrew Denton (b. 1924), retired United States Navy rear admiral, naval aviator who spent almost eight years as a Prisoner of War and a former Republican U.S. senator
  • Steve Denton (b. 1956), American former professional tennis player for the ATP Tour, inducted into the ITA Hall of Fame
  • Eric Denton (b. 1978), American soccer player
  • William "Bill" Thomas Denton (1911-1946), American silver medalist artistic gymnast at the 1932 Summer Olympics
  • Arthur "Crahan" Denton (1914-1966), American stage and television actor
  • Alec Sam Denton (b. 1994), English footballer
  • Samuel Denton, English barrister who formed Denton Hall Burgin in 1788 which later became SNR Denton, a multinational law firm with over 1,250 employees
  • Andrew Christopher Denton (b. 1960), Australian Gold Logie-nominated television producer, comedian, television presenter and former radio host



  • The Plum(ly, lee, blee) Family From Bucks to Buncombe, 1682-1982, and Allied Lines: Denton, Murray, Fletcher, Johnson, Gullick, Ballenger by Millard Quentin Plumblee.

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  1. ^ The Norman People and Their Existing Descendants in the British Dominions and the United States Of America. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1975. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0636-X)
  2. ^ Bardsley, C.W, A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6)
  3. ^ Mills, A.D., Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4)

Other References

  1. Shirley, Evelyn Philip. Noble and Gentle Men of England Or Notes Touching The Arms and Descendants of the Ancient Knightley and Gentle Houses of England Arranged in their Respective Counties 3rd Edition. Westminster: John Bowyer Nichols and Sons, 1866. Print.
  2. Cook, Chris. English Historical Facts 1603-1688. London: MacMillan, 1980. Print.
  3. Shaw, William A. Knights of England A Complete Record from the Earliest Time to the Present Day of the Knights of all the Orders of Chivalry in England, Scotland, Ireland and Knights Bachelors 2 Volumes. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print. (ISBN 080630443X).
  4. Hanks, Patricia and Flavia Hodges. A Dictionary of Surnames. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1988. Print. (ISBN 0-19-211592-8).
  5. Thirsk, Joan. The Agrarian History of England and Wales. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press: 7 Volumes. Print.
  6. Innes, Thomas and Learney. The Tartans of the Clans and Families of Scotland 1st Edition. Edinburgh: W & A. K. Johnston Limited, 1938. Print.
  7. Filby, P. William and Mary K Meyer. Passenger and Immigration Lists Index in Four Volumes. Detroit: Gale Research, 1985. Print. (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8).
  8. Bowman, George Ernest. The Mayflower Reader A Selection of Articales from The Mayflower Descendent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  9. Markale, J. Celtic Civilization. London: Gordon & Cremonesi, 1976. Print.
  10. Crozier, William Armstrong Edition. Crozier's General Armory A Registry of American Families Entitled to Coat Armor. New York: Fox, Duffield, 1904. Print.
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The Denton Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Denton Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

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