The history of the ancestors of the Dannahay family begins among the Pictish clans ancient Scotland
. The name Dannahay comes from the personal name
Dennis. Dannahay 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 Dannahay was first established in Lancashire
, prior to the Norman Conquest
Early Origins of the Dannahay family
The surname Dannahay was first found in Lancashire
(located in northwest England
and dates back to 1180), where they held a family seat
from ancient times.
Early History of the Dannahay family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Dannahay research.Another 257 words (18 lines of text) covering the years 1400, 10,0, 1424, 1634, 1st , 1676, 1501 and 1549 are included under the topic Early Dannahay History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Dannahay Spelling Variations
Prior to the invention of the printing press in the last hundred
years, documents were basically unique. Names were written according to sound, and often appeared differently each time they were recorded. Spelling variations
of the name Dannahay include Denny, Denney, Dennie, Denie, Denye, Deanney, Deannie and many more.
Early Notables of the Dannahay family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Dannahay family to Ireland
Some of the Dannahay family moved to Ireland
, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.Another 45 words (3 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Dannahay family to the New World and Oceana
The freedom of the North American colonies was enticing, and many Scots left to make the great crossing. It was a long and hard journey, but its reward was a place where there was more land than people and tolerance was far easier to come by. Many of these people came together to fight for a new nation in the American War of Independence
, while others remained loyal to the old order as United Empire Loyalists. The ancestors of Scots in North America have recovered much of this heritage in the 20th century through Clan
societies and other such organizations. A search of immigration and passenger lists revealed many important and early immigrants to North America bearing the name of Dannahay: Thomas Denny from Combs, Devon
settled in Leicester, Massachusetts in 1646; Mary Denny settled in New England
(Massachusetts) in 1635; another Mary Denny settled in Maryland in 1736.
The Dannahay 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.