Denison History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms 

The Denison surname comes from the place name Danzielstoun, in Scotland. Thus Denison is a local surname, which belongs to a category of hereditary surnames derived from pre-existing names for towns, villages, parishes, or farmsteads.

Early Origins of the Denison family

The surname Denison was first found in Renfrewshire, at Danzielstoun, in the parish of Kilmalcolm. "The manor took its name from some man named Daniel, and it bore this name as early as the reign of Malcolm IV", [1] who died in 1165. It is generally thought that the town was founded about 1060.

Important Dates for the Denison family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Denison research. Another 91 words (6 lines of text) covering the years 1296, 1694 and are included under the topic Early Denison History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Denison Spelling Variations

Spelling variations of this family name include: Denison, Denniston, Dennistoun, Deniston, Denistoun, Dinniston, Dinnistoun and many more.

Early Notables of the Denison family (pre 1700)

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Migration of the Denison family to Ireland

Some of the Denison family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
Another 58 words (4 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Denison migration to the United States

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Denison Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • Edward Denison, who settled in Virginia in 1623
  • Edward Denison, who landed in Virginia in 1623 [2]
  • William Denison, his wife Margaret, and their three sons, who settled in Massachusetts in 1631
  • William Denison, who landed in Massachusetts in 1631 [2]
  • Margaret Denison, who landed in Massachusetts in 1632 [2]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)
Denison Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Catherine Denison, who settled in Maryland in 1735
Denison Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • James Denison, who landed in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1838 [2]

Denison migration to Canada

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Denison Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century
  • Ann Denison, who arrived in Nova Scotia in 1760

Denison migration to New Zealand

Emigration to New Zealand followed in the footsteps of the European explorers, such as Captain Cook (1769-70): first came sealers, whalers, missionaries, and traders. By 1838, the British New Zealand Company had begun buying land from the Maori tribes, and selling it to settlers, and, after the Treaty of Waitangi in 1840, many British families set out on the arduous six month journey from Britain to Aotearoa to start a new life. Early immigrants include:

Denison Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • John Denison, aged 22, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Seringapatam" in 1856

Contemporary Notables of the name Denison (post 1700)

  • Edward Fulton Denison (1915-1992), American economist
  • Edward E. Denison (1873-1953), American congressman
  • Ellery Denison (1900-1989), American philatelist who specialized in the postage stamps and postal history of China
  • Daniel Denison, American politician, Member of New York State Assembly, 1836-37, 1851 [3]
  • Charles Denison (1818-1867), American Democrat politician, U.S. Representative from Pennsylvania 12th District, 1863-67; Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Pennsylvania, 1864 [3]
  • Charles Denison, American politician, Member of Connecticut State House of Representatives from Suffield, 1826 [3]
  • Charles Denison, American politician, Member of Connecticut State House of Representatives from New Haven, 1820 [3]
  • C. Lyman Denison, American politician, Mayor of Belleville, New Jersey, 1911-13 [3]
  • Andrew W. Denison, American Republican politician, Delegate to Republican National Convention from Maryland, 1868; Postmaster at Baltimore, Maryland, 1869-77 [3]
  • Andrew Denison, American politician, Member of Connecticut State House of Representatives from Suffield, 1822-23, 1828; Member of Connecticut State Senate 2nd District, 1831-32 [3]
  • ... (Another 32 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Citations

  1. ^ Black, George F., The Surnames of Scotland Their Origin, Meaning and History. New York: New York Public Library, 1946. Print. (ISBN 0-87104-172-3)
  2. ^ Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
  3. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, November 17) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html
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