The surname Dannatt is a name that came to England
in the 11th century wave of migration that was set off by the Norman Conquest
of 1066. The Dannatt family lived in Sussex
. The family was originally from D'Anet, in Normandy
, and it is from this location that their surname derives.
Early Origins of the Dannatt family
The surname Dannatt was first found in Leicestershire
where they held a family seat
as Lords of the Manor. The Saxon influence of English history diminished after the Battle of Hastings in 1066. The language of the courts was French for the next three centuries and the Norman ambience prevailed. But Saxon surnames survived and the family name was first referenced in the 13th century when they held estates in that shire.
Some of the family were later found in Owlpen, a parish, in the union of Dursley, Upper division of the hundred of Berkeley, W. division of the county of Gloucester. The church there has "some memorials of the very ancient family of Danet, who formerly resided here, and were of considerable eminence." CITATION[CLOSE]
Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.
Early History of the Dannatt family
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Dannatt Spelling Variations
of this family name include: Dannett, Dannet, Danet, Donat, Donatt, Donett, Donet, Dannatt, Danatt, Dannet, Dannant and many more.
Early Notables of the Dannatt family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Dannatt family to Ireland
Some of the Dannatt family moved to Ireland
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Migration of the Dannatt family to the New World and Oceana
Some of the first settlers of this family name or some of its variants were: John Dennett who settled in Maine in 1630; Samuel Dennett and his wife Susannah arrived in west New Jersey in 1664; Alexander Dennett arrived in Maine in 1630.
Contemporary Notables of the name Dannatt (post 1700)
- General Sir Francis Richard Dannatt (b. 1950), Chief of the General Staff, the professional head of the British Army