Danahey History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The roots of the name Danahey are found among the Pictish clans of ancient Scotland. The name comes from the personal name Dennis. Danahey is a patronymic surname, which belongs to the category of hereditary surnames. Some patronyms were formed from the personal names of the father of the bearer, while others came from prominent religious and secular figures. The surname Danahey was first established in Lancashire, prior to the Norman Conquest of England in 1066.

Early Origins of the Danahey family

The surname Danahey was first found in Stirlingshire at Denny, a town and parish. "This place, of which the name, derived from the Gaelic Dun, is descriptive of its situation on an eminence, originally formed part of the parish of Falkirk, from which it was separated about the year 1618. A considerable portion of the parish appears to have belonged to an establishment of Knights Templars which probably existed here or in the immediate vicinity, and the land is still known by the appellation of Temple-Denny. " [1]

John Denny had a safe conduct into England in 1424 to trade with the Denizens. John Denny was a merchant of Glasgow in 1634. Peter Denny was the largest shipbuilder on the Clyde in his time, only to be overtaken by the great Brown's shipyard which built the Queens Mary and Elizabeth. [2]

In England, "Denny has long been a Suffolk name. In the reign of Edward III., Roger le Denney held the manor of Denneys in Coddenham parish, which remained in the family for several generations. In 1541 Thomas Denny, Esq., owned Mells; and in 1562 the Dennys held estates in Bramfield. John Denye resided at "Lakyngh" in the hundred of Laokford in the 13th century." [3]

Early History of the Danahey family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Danahey research. Another 77 words (6 lines of text) covering the years 1400, 1676, 1501 and 1549 are included under the topic Early Danahey History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Danahey Spelling Variations

Although Medieval Scotland lacked a basic set of spelling rules, which meant that scribes recorded names according to their sounds it was not uncommon for the names of a father and son to be recorded differently. As a result, there are many spelling variations of Scottish single names. Danahey has been written Denny, Denney, Dennie, Denie, Denye, Deanney, Deannie and many more.

Early Notables of the Danahey family (pre 1700)

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Ireland Migration of the Danahey family to Ireland

Some of the Danahey family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
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United States Danahey migration to the United States +

Thousands of Scots left their home country to travel to Ireland or Australia, or to cross the Atlantic for the North American colonies. The difficult crossing was an enormous hurdle, but those who survived found freedom and opportunity in ample measure. Some Scots even fought for their freedom in the American War of Independence. This century, their ancestors have become aware of the illustrious history of the Scots in North America and at home through Clan societies and other organizations. Passenger and immigration lists show many early and influential immigrants bearing the name Danahey:

Danahey Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Denis Danahey, aged 23, who arrived in New York in 1893 aboard the ship "Teutonic" from Liverpool & Queenstown [4]
Danahey Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
  • Kate Danahey, aged 20, originally from Sneem, who arrived in New York in 1903 aboard the ship "Cymric" from Queenstown, Ireland [5]

Contemporary Notables of the name Danahey (post 1700) +

  • Cornelius James Danahey (1856-1928), American-born Australian politician, Member of the New South Wales Legislative Assembly for Canterbury (1891–1894)


The Danahey Motto +

The motto was originally a war cry or slogan. Mottoes first began to be shown with arms in the 14th and 15th centuries, but were not in general use until the 17th century. Thus the oldest coats of arms generally do not include a motto. Mottoes seldom form part of the grant of arms: Under most heraldic authorities, a motto is an optional component of the coat of arms, and can be added to or changed at will; many families have chosen not to display a motto.

Motto: Et mea messis erit
Motto Translation: My harvest will also arrive.


  1. ^ Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of Scotland. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.
  2. ^ 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)
  3. ^ Guppy, Henry Brougham, Homes of Family Names in Great Britain. 1890. Print.
  4. ^ "New York Passenger Arrival Lists (Ellis Island), 1892-1924," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:J6Y2-26B : 6 December 2014), Denis Danahey, 25 May 1893; citing departure port Liverpool & Queenstown, arrival port New York, ship name Teutonic, NARA microfilm publication T715 and M237 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.).
  5. ^ "New York Passenger Arrival Lists (Ellis Island), 1892-1924," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:JF5K-P49 : 6 December 2014), Kate Danahey, 04 May 1903; citing departure port Queenstown, arrival port New York, ship name Cymric, NARA microfilm publication T715 and M237 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.).


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