D'signey History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The name D'signey reached English shores for the first time with the ancestors of the D'signey family as they migrated following the Norman Conquest of 1066. The D'signey family lived in Lincolnshire. This family was originally from Isigny, in Calvados, Normandy, and it is from the local form of this place-name, D'Isigny, literally translating as from Isigny, that their surname derives. [1]

Early Origins of the D'signey family

The surname D'signey was first found in Lincolnshire where they "settled for many years at Norton D'Isney" [2] Now named Norton Disney, the small village and civil parish is on the western boundary of the North Kesteven district of Lincolnshire. The first reference of the place name was found in 1331 as Norton Isny and was held by the de Isney family since the 12th century. [3]

Important Dates for the D'signey family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our D'signey research. Another 111 words (8 lines of text) covering the years 164 and 1641 are included under the topic Early D'signey History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

D'signey 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 Disney, Deisney, D'Isney and others.

Early Notables of the D'signey family (pre 1700)

Another 30 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early D'signey Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Migration of the D'signey family

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 D'signey name or one of its variants: William Disney who settled in Maryland in 1740.

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Citations

  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. ^ Shirley, Evelyn Philip, The Noble and Gentle Men of England; The Arms and Descents. Westminster: John Bower Nichols and Sons, 1866, Print.
  3. ^ Mills, A.D., Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4)
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