Dinnes History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms 

Dinnes is one of the many names that the Normans brought with them when they conquered England in 1066. The Dinnes family lived in Sussex. The name, however, derives from the family's place of residence prior to the Norman Conquest of England in 1066, Dives, Normandy.

Early Origins of the Dinnes family

The surname Dinnes was first found in Sussex where they held a family seat from very early times and were granted lands by Duke William of Normandy, their liege Lord, for their distinguished assistance at the Battle of Hastings in 1066 A.D.

Important Dates for the Dinnes family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Dinnes research. Another 71 words (5 lines of text) covering the years 1352, 1412, 1413, 1377, 1397, 1383, 1414, 1383 and 1414 are included under the topic Early Dinnes History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Dinnes Spelling Variations

Anglo-Norman names tend to be marked by an enormous number of spelling variations. This is largely due to the fact that Old and Middle English lacked any spelling rules when Norman French was introduced in the 11th century. The languages of the English courts at that time were French and Latin. These various languages mixed quite freely in the evolving social milieu. The final element of this mix is that medieval scribes spelled words according to their sounds rather than any definite rules, so a name was often spelled in as many different ways as the number of documents it appeared in. The name was spelled Dyne, Dine, Dives, Dynne, Dinne, Dyves, Dyon and others.

Early Notables of the Dinnes family (pre 1700)

Outstanding amongst the family at this time was Nicholas Dyne ( fl. 1352) of East Grinstead; John Dyne I (died 1412/1413), who owned land in the Kentish hundreds of Hayne, an English...
Another 30 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Dinnes Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Dinnes migration to Canada

Because of the political and religious discontent in England, families began to migrate abroad in enormous numbers. Faced with persecution and starvation at home, the open frontiers and generally less oppressive social environment of the New World seemed tantalizing indeed to many English people. The trip was difficult, and not all made it unscathed, but many of those who did get to Canada and the United States made important contributions to the young nations in which they settled. Some of the first North American settlers with Dinnes name or one of its variants:

Dinnes Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century
  • Fedor Dinnes, who landed in Halifax, Nova Scotia in 1899

Contemporary Notables of the name Dinnes (post 1700)

  • Martin R. Dinnes, American veterinarian from Agua Dulce, California, founder of Dinnes Memorial Veterinary Hospital of Santa Clarita, California

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