The name Deain is an old Anglo-Saxon
name. It comes from when a family lived in an area where there was a valley. The place-name is derived from the Old English word denu,
when translated means valley.
This Old English word has also given rise to other local
names such as West Dean in Sussex
, Deane in Hampshire
and Dean in Essex.
Early Origins of the Deain family
The surname Deain was first found in Sussex
where the first record was of Ralph Dene holding manor and estates in that shire.
Early History of the Deain family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Deain research.Another 148 words (11 lines of text) covering the years 1350, 1400, 1588, 1628, 1899, 1440, 1503, 1491, 1496, 1501, 1503, 1500, 1502, 1610, 1653, 1638, 1721, 1676, 1708 and are included under the topic Early Deain History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Deain Spelling Variations
Before the last few hundred
years, the English language had no fast system of spelling rules. For that reason, spelling variations
are commonly found in early Anglo-Saxon
surnames. Over the years, many variations of the name Deain were recorded, including Dean, Deane, Dene, Deans, Deanes, Denes, Adeane and others.
Early Notables of the Deain family (pre 1700)
Distinguished members of the family include Henry Deane (c.1440-1503), Lord Chancellor of Ireland
from 1491 to 1496, Archbishop of Canterbury from 1501 to 1503 and Lord Keeper of the Great Seal from 1500 to 1502; Richard Deane (1610-1653), a British... Another 39 words (3 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Deain Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Deain family to Ireland
Some of the Deain family moved to Ireland
, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.Another 86 words (6 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 Deain family to the New World and Oceana
To escape oppression and starvation at that time, many English families left for the "open frontiers" of the New World with all its perceived opportunities. In droves people migrated to the many British colonies, those in North America in particular, paying high rates for passages in cramped, unsafe ships. Although many of the settlers did not make the long passage alive, those who did see the shores of North America perceived great opportunities before them. Many of the families that came from England
went on to make essential contributions to the emerging nations of Canada and the United States. Research into various historical records revealed some of first members of the Deain family emigrate to North America: Stephen Deane who arrived on the 'Fortune', just one year after the arrival of the "Mayflower" in 1621. He built the first corn mill in New England
. John Deane, his brother Walter and their wives arrived in New England
The Deain 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: Forti et fideli nihil difficile
Motto Translation: To the brave and faithful man nothing is difficult.