Debenham History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Early Origins of the Debenham family

The surname Debenham was first found in Suffolk at Debenham, a large village and civil parish in the Mid Suffolk district that dates back to the Domesday Book of 1086 where it was listed as Depbenham. [1] The place name literally means "homestead or village by the deep river," from the Old English words "deope" + "ham." [2] Another reference claims the place name derives its name from its situation on the river Deben, which rises at some distance above the town. The kings of the East Angles are said to have held their courts at Debenham, where they had a palace. Originally a market town, Debenham was originally in the union of Bosmere and Claydon, hundred of Thredling and was held by William de Gulafra from Robert Malet who was recorded in the Domesday Book. At that time, Debenham consisted of two churches, St. Mary and St. Andrew and held twenty pigs and twenty eight goats and was noted for it's Norman church.

Early History of the Debenham family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Debenham research. Another 100 words (7 lines of text) covering the years 1279, 1674, 1426, 1503, 1404, 1481, 1427, 1432 and 1500 are included under the topic Early Debenham History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Debenham Spelling Variations

Spelling variations of this family name include: Debenham, Debnham, Dedham, Deadham, Dedam, Debynham, Debnam, Deadman, Dedman, Debingham, Dednum, Dednem and many more.

Early Notables of the Debenham family (pre 1700)

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United States Debenham migration to the United States +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Debenham Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • James Debenham, who settled in New York in 1837
Debenham Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
  • Mary Debenham, aged 28, originally from London, who arrived in New York in 1904 aboard the ship "Cedric" from Liverpool, England [3]
  • John Debenham, aged 42, who arrived in New York in 1907 aboard the ship "Celtic" from Liverpool, England [4]
  • Frank Debenham, aged 25, who arrived in New York in 1919 aboard the ship "Saxonia" from London, England [5]

Australia Debenham migration to Australia +

Emigration to Australia followed the First Fleets of convicts, tradespeople and early settlers. Early immigrants include:

Debenham Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • John Debenham, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "William Hyde" in 1850 [6]
  • Henry Debenham, aged 24, a carpenter, who arrived in South Australia in 1855 aboard the ship "Sea Park"

Contemporary Notables of the name Debenham (post 1700) +

  • William Debenham (1794-1863), English businessman, founder of Debenhams, one of the largest retailers in the United Kingdom
  • Christopher Debenham (b. 1953), English cricketer who played for Hertfordshire (1975-1977)
  • Benjamin John "Ben" Debenham (b. 1967), English cricket umpire
  • Sir Thomas Adam Debenham (b. 1971), 4th Baronet, English peer
  • Sir Gilbert Ridley Debenham (1906-2001), 3rd Baronet, English peer
  • Sir Piers Kenrick Debenham (1904-1964), 2nd Baronet, English peer
  • Sir Ernest Ridley Debenham (1865-1952), 1st Baronet, English businessman, Chairman of Debenhams Ltd
  • Nigel Debenham, New Zealand former association football player who represented New Zealand (1978-1989)
  • Frank Debenham OBE (1883-1965), Australian Emeritus Professor of Geography at the Department of Geography, Cambridge University, the first director of the Scott Polar Research Institute
  • John Debenham, Professor of Computer Science at the University of Technology, Sydney, Australia on Facebook
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