The rugged west coast of Scotland
in the kingdom of Dalriada is the setting from which came the Dannistoun name. The name derives from someone having lived near a place named Danzielstoun, in Scotland
. Thus Dannistoun is a local
surname, which belongs to a category of hereditary surnames
derived from pre-existing names for towns, villages, parishes, or farmsteads.
Early Origins of the Dannistoun family
The surname Dannistoun was first found in Renfrewshire
, at Danzielstoun, in the parish of Kilmalcolm. "The manor took its name from some man named Daniel, and it bore this name as early as the reign of Malcolm IV", CITATION[CLOSE]
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)
who died in 1165. It is generally thought that the town was founded about 1060.
Early History of the Dannistoun family
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Dannistoun Spelling Variations
In various documents Dannistoun has been spelled Since medieval scribes still spelled according to sound, records from that era contain an enormous number of spelling variations
. Denison, Denniston, Dennistoun, Deniston, Denistoun, Dinniston, Dinnistoun and many more.
Early Notables of the Dannistoun family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Dannistoun family to Ireland
Some of the Dannistoun family moved to Ireland
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Migration of the Dannistoun family to the New World and Oceana
Numerous Scottish settlers settled along the east coast of the colonies that would become the United States and Canada. Others traveled to the open country of the west. At the time of the American War of Independence
, some remained in the United States, while those who remained loyal to the crown went north to Canada as United Empire Loyalists. The highland games and Clan
societies that sprang up across North America in the 20th century have helped many Scots to recover parts of their lost traditions. Research into passenger and immigration lists has revealed some of the very first Dannistouns to arrive in North America: Sam Denniston who settled in New York in 1774; and John Denniston, who arrived in Philadelphia in 1802.