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The name Deans is of Anglo-Saxon origin and came 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.

Deans Early Origins



The surname Deans was first found in Sussex where the first record was of Ralph Dene holding manor and estates in that shire.

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Deans Spelling Variations


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Deans 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 Deans family name include Dean, Deane, Dene, Deans, Deanes, Denes, Adeane and others.

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Deans Early History


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Deans Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Deans research. Another 295 words (21 lines of text) covering the years 1350, 1400, 1588, 1628, 1899, 1440, 1503, 1509, 1547, 1610, 1653, 1638, 1721, 1676, 1708 and are included under the topic Early Deans History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Deans Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Deans Early Notables (pre 1700)



Distinguished members of the family include Henry Deane (c.1440-1503), Archbishop of Canterbury and Lord High Chancellor of England during the reign of Henry VIII (1509-1547); Richard Deane (1610-1653), a British naval general and major general...

Another 34 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Deans Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Deans In Ireland


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Deans In Ireland



Some of the Deans family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 159 words (11 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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The Great Migration


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The Great Migration



For political, religious, and economic reasons, thousands of English families boarded ships for Ireland, the Canadas, 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 Deans surname or a spelling variation of the name include :

Deans Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • James Deans, who landed in Virginia in 1762

Deans Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Ramo Deans, who landed in New Orleans, La in 1829
  • Walter Deans, who arrived in America in 1831
  • J W Deans, who landed in San Francisco, California in 1850
  • Jacob Deans, who arrived in New York in 1851
  • J Deans, who arrived in San Francisco, California in 1851
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Deans Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • James Deans, aged 23, a weaver, arrived in South Australia in 1855 aboard the ship "Switzerland"

Deans Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • William Deans landed in Wellington, New Zealand in 1840 aboard the ship Aurora
  • William Deans, aged 22, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Aurora" in 1840
  • John Deans, aged 22, arrived in Nelson aboard the ship "Thomas Harrison" in 1842
  • John Deans landed in Nelson, New Zealand in 1842
  • Elizabeth Deans arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Portland" in 1864
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Contemporary Notables of the name Deans (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Deans (post 1700)



  • Mickey Deans (1934-2003), born Michael DeVinko, American musician and entrepreneur, fifth and last husband of Judy Garland
  • Ruth C. Deans, American Democrat politician, Alternate Delegate to Democratic National Convention from California, 1972
  • Parke Poindexter Deans (b. 1880), American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Virginia, 1912
  • L. A. Deans, American Democrat politician, Alternate Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Virginia, 1916
  • Gilbert B. Deans, American Republican politician, Delegate to Republican National Convention from Alabama, 1904, 1912 (alternate)
  • Delores Deans, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from California, 1972
  • David Deans Jr., American politician, Delegate to New Hampshire State Constitutional Convention from Milford, 1956
  • Ian Deans (1937-2016), Scottish-born, Canadian politician, Member of the Canadian Parliament for Hamilton Mountain (1980-1986)
  • Steven Deans (b. 1982), Australian ice hockey player
  • Robert Maxwell Deans (b. 1959), New Zealand current coach of the Wallabies and former All Black
  • ... (Another 3 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Motto


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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.


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Citations



    Other References

    1. Shirley, Evelyn Philip. Noble and Gentle Men of England Or Notes Touching The Arms and Descendants of the Ancient Knightley and Gentle Houses of England Arranged in their Respective Counties 3rd Edition. Westminster: John Bowyer Nichols and Sons, 1866. Print.
    2. Burke, Sir Bernard. General Armory Of England, Scotland, Ireland and Wales. Ramsbury: Heraldry Today. Print.
    3. Bowman, George Ernest. The Mayflower Reader A Selection of Articales from The Mayflower Descendent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
    4. Skordas, Guest. Ed. The Early Settlers of Maryland an Index to Names or Immigrants Complied from Records of Land Patents 1633-1680 in the Hall of Records Annapolis, Maryland. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1968. Print.
    5. Thirsk, Joan. The Agrarian History of England and Wales. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press: 7 Volumes. Print.
    6. Dunkling, Leslie. Dictionary of Surnames. Toronto: Collins, 1998. Print. (ISBN 0004720598).
    7. Leeson, Francis L. Dictionary of British Peerages. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1986. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-1121-5).
    8. Burke, Sir Bernard. Genealogical and Heraldic History of the Peerage and Baronetage, The Privy Council, Knightage and Compainonage. London: Burke Publishing, 1921. Print.
    9. Hanks, Patricia and Flavia Hodges. A Dictionary of Surnames. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1988. Print. (ISBN 0-19-211592-8).
    10. Weis, Frederick Lewis, Walter Lee Sheppard and David Faris. Ancestral Roots of Sixty Colonists Who Came to New England Between 1623 and 1650 7th Edition. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0806313676).
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    The Deans Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Deans Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

    This page was last modified on 5 May 2016 at 10:18.

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