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The history of the Dan family goes back to the ancient Anglo-Saxon culture of Britain. It is derived from the family living in the valley or the dann. The surname often meant the dweller in the valley.

Dan Early Origins



The surname Dan was first found in Sussex where they held a family seat from very ancient times.

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Dan Spelling Variations


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Dan Spelling Variations



Until quite recently, the English language has lacked a definite system of spelling rules. Consequently, Anglo-Saxon surnames are characterized by a multitude of spelling variations. Changes in Anglo-Saxon names were influenced by the evolution of the English language, as it incorporated elements of French, Latin, and other languages. Although Medieval scribes and church officials recorded names as they sounded, so it is common to find one person referred to by several different spellings of his surname, even the most literate people varied the spelling of their own names. Variations of the name Dan include Dan, Dann, Danne, Dans, Danns, Dannes and others.

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Dan Early History


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Dan Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Dan research. Another 254 words (18 lines of text) covering the year 1327 is included under the topic Early Dan History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Dan Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Dan Early Notables (pre 1700)



More information is included under the topic Early Dan Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Dan In Ireland


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Dan In Ireland



Some of the Dan family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 108 words (8 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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The Great Migration



Searching for a better life, many English families migrated to British colonies. Unfortunately, the majority of them traveled under extremely harsh conditions: overcrowding on the ships caused the majority of the immigrants to arrive diseased, famished, and destitute from the long journey across the ocean. For those families that arrived safely, modest prosperity was attainable, and many went on to make invaluable contributions to the development of the cultures of the new colonies. Research into the origins of individual families in North America revealed records of the immigration of a number of people bearing the name Dan or a variant listed above:

Dan Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • George Dan who settled in Virginia in 1655
  • John Dan, who arrived in Virginia in 1665
  • John Dan settled in Barbados in 1678

Dan Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • C K Dan, who landed in San Francisco, California in 1850

Dan Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century

  • Mr. John Dan U.E. who settled in Parr Town [Saint John], New Brunswick c. 1784 [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Rubincam, Milton. The Old United Empire Loyalists List. Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc, 1976. (Originally published as; United Empire Loyalists. The Centennial of the Settlement of Upper Canada. Rose Publishing Company, 1885.) ISBN 0-8063-0331-X
  • Mr. Sillick Dan U.E. who settled in Parr Town [Saint John], New Brunswick c. 1784 [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Rubincam, Milton. The Old United Empire Loyalists List. Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc, 1976. (Originally published as; United Empire Loyalists. The Centennial of the Settlement of Upper Canada. Rose Publishing Company, 1885.) ISBN 0-8063-0331-X

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Contemporary Notables of the name Dan (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Dan (post 1700)



  • W. McClaws Dan, American Democrat politician, Mayor of Jacksonville, Florida, 1883-85
  • James Dan, American Libertarian politician, Candidate for U.S. Representative from Nevada 1st District, 1996

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Citations


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  1. ^ Rubincam, Milton. The Old United Empire Loyalists List. Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc, 1976. (Originally published as; United Empire Loyalists. The Centennial of the Settlement of Upper Canada. Rose Publishing Company, 1885.) ISBN 0-8063-0331-X

Other References

  1. Virkus, Frederick A. Ed. Immigrant Ancestors A List of 2,500 Immigrants to America Before 1750. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1964. Print.
  2. Chadwick, Nora Kershaw and J.X.W.P Corcoran. The Celts. London: Penguin, 1790. Print. (ISBN 0140212116).
  3. Bradford, William. History of Plymouth Plantation 1620-1647 Edited by Samuel Eliot Morrison 2 Volumes. New York: Russell and Russell, 1968. Print.
  4. Fairbairn. Fairbain's book of Crests of the Families of Great Britain and Ireland, 4th Edition 2 volumes in one. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1968. Print.
  5. Humble, Richard. The Fall of Saxon England. New York: Barnes and Noble, 1975. Print. (ISBN 0-88029-987-8).
  6. Bolton, Charles Knowles. Bolton's American Armory. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1964. Print.
  7. Innes, Thomas and Learney. The Tartans of the Clans and Families of Scotland 1st Edition. Edinburgh: W & A. K. Johnston Limited, 1938. Print.
  8. Samuelsen, W. David. New York City Passenger List Manifests Index 1820 - 1824. North Salt Lake, Utah: Accelerated Indexing Systems International, 1986. Print.
  9. Sanders, Joanne McRee Edition. English Settlers in Barbados 1637-1800. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  10. Le Patourel, John. The Norman Empire. New York: Oxford University Press, 1976. Print. (ISBN 0-19-822525-3).
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The Dan Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Dan 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.

This page was last modified on 8 December 2015 at 11:05.

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