Danan History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Danan is a name whose history is connected to the ancient Anglo-Saxon tribes of Britain. The name is derived from when the Danan family once lived in Dinham, a hamlet in the county Monmouthshire.

Early Origins of the Danan family

The surname Danan was first found in Monmouthshire where they held a family seat from very ancient times, some say well before the Norman Conquest and the arrival of Duke William at Hastings in 1066 A.D.

Important Dates for the Danan family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Danan research. Another 78 words (6 lines of text) covering the years 1295, 1320, 1433, 1501, 1460 and 1486 are included under the topic Early Danan History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Danan Spelling Variations

Sound was what guided spelling in the essentially pre-literate Middle Ages, so one person's name was often recorded under several variations during a single lifetime. Also, before the advent of the printing press and the first dictionaries, the English language was not standardized. Therefore, spelling variations were common, even among the names of the most literate people. Known variations of the Danan family name include Dynham, Dinan, Dinham, Dinat, Dyneham and others.

Early Notables of the Danan family (pre 1700)

Another 50 words (4 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Danan Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Migration of the Danan family

For political, religious, and economic reasons, thousands of English families boarded ships for Ireland, Canada, the America colonies, and many of smaller tropical colonies in the hope of finding better lives abroad. Although the passage on the cramped, dank ships caused many to arrive in the New World diseased and starving, those families that survived the trip often went on to make valuable contributions to those new societies to which they arrived. Early immigrants bearing the Danan surname or a spelling variation of the name include: Thomas Dinham, who came to Virginia in 1731; George Dinham, who arrived in New England in 1763; as well as Daniel, James, Michael, and Thomas Dinan, who all settled in Philadelphia between 1840 and 1860..

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