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Multiple Origins for the Surname Dana


English


The present generation of the Dana family is only the most recent to bear a name that dates back to the ancient Anglo-Saxon culture of Britain. Their name comes from having lived in the valley or the dann. The surname often meant the dweller in the valley.

Dana Early Origins



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

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Dana Spelling Variations


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Dana Spelling Variations



Until the dictionary, an invention of only the last few hundred years, the English language lacked any comprehensive system of spelling rules. Consequently, spelling variations in names are frequently found in early Anglo-Saxon and later Anglo-Norman documents. One person's name was often spelled several different ways over a lifetime. The recorded variations of Dana include Dan, Dann, Danne, Dans, Danns, Dannes and others.

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Dana Early History


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Dana Early History



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

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Dana Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Dana Early Notables (pre 1700)



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

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Dana In Ireland


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Dana In Ireland



Some of the Dana 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


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The Great Migration



Thousands of English families boarded ships sailing to the New World in the hope of escaping the unrest found in England at this time. Although the search for opportunity and freedom from persecution abroad took the lives of many because of the cramped conditions and unsanitary nature of the vessels, the opportunity perceived in the growing colonies of North America beckoned. Many of the settlers who survived the journey went on to make important contributions to the transplanted cultures of their adopted countries. The Dana were among these contributors, for they have been located in early North American records:

Dana Settlers in United States in the 16th Century

  • Alonso Dana, who setted in Peru in 1598

Dana Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • Richard Dana, who landed in Cambridge, Massachusetts in 1655 [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    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)

Dana Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Sally Dana, who arrived in New York in 1807 [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    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)
  • John Dana, who landed in New York in 1807 [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    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)
  • Abraham Dana, who arrived in New York in 1807 [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    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)
  • Dolly Dana, who landed in New York in 1807 [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    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)
  • Patrick Dana, aged 22, who arrived in Boston, Massachusetts in 1822 [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    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)
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Dana Settlers in United States in the 20th Century

  • Anna Dana, who settled in Galveston, TX in 1906

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Contemporary Notables of the name Dana (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Dana (post 1700)



  • Robert Dana (1929-2010), American poet, recipient of two National Endowment for the Arts Fellowships (1985 and 1993)
  • Samuel Whittlesey Dana (1760-1830), American lawyer and politician, United States Senator from Connecticut (1810-1821)
  • Vic Dana (b. 1942), American dancer and singer discovered by Sammy Davis, Jr
  • Richard Dana (1700-1772), American lawyer and politician in colonial Massachusetts, founding member of the Sons of Liberty
  • Richard Henry Dana III (1851-1931), American lawyer and civil service reformer
  • Charles Root Dana (1802-1868), American Mormon leader, pioneer, and missionary
  • Paul Dana (1975-2006), American race car driver who died in a car crash at Homestead-Miami Speedway
  • Viola Dana (1897-1987), American silent film actress who appeared in 108 titles and has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame
  • Charles A. Dana (1881-1975), American businessman, politician and philanthropist, founder of the Dana Corporation in 1904 and the Dana Foundation in 1950
  • Bill Dana (b. 1924), American comedian, actor, and screenwriter perhaps best known as the heavily-accented Mexican character named José Jiménez on the Ed Sullivan Show
  • ... (Another 4 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Citations


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Citations



  1. ^ 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)

Other References

  1. Burke, Sir Bernard. Burke's Genealogical and Heraldic History of the Landed Gentry: Including American Families with British Ancestry. (2 Volumes). London: Burke Publishing, 1939. Print.
  2. Leeson, Francis L. Dictionary of British Peerages. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1986. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-1121-5).
  3. Innes, Thomas and Learney. The Tartans of the Clans and Families of Scotland 1st Edition. Edinburgh: W & A. K. Johnston Limited, 1938. Print.
  4. Zieber, Eugene. Heraldry in America. Philadelphia: Genealogical Publishing Co. Print.
  5. Robb H. Amanda and Andrew Chesler. Encyclopedia of American Family Names. New York: Haper Collins, 1995. Print. (ISBN 0-06-270075-8).
  6. Humble, Richard. The Fall of Saxon England. New York: Barnes and Noble, 1975. Print. (ISBN 0-88029-987-8).
  7. Best, Hugh. Debrett's Texas Peerage. New York: Coward-McCann, 1983. Print. (ISBN 069811244X).
  8. 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).
  9. Hitching, F.K and S. Hitching. References to English Surnames in 1601-1602. Walton On Thames: 1910. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0181-3).
  10. 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).
  11. ...

The Dana Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Dana 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 9 January 2017 at 09:15.

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