Decan History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The ancient Anglo-Saxon surname Decan came from the personal name David. Daw was a common diminutive of David in the Middle Ages. The surname is a compound of daw and kin, and literally means "the kin of David." Over time there were changes in pronunciation and spelling, leading to many different variants of the name.

Early Origins of the Decan family

The surname Decan was first found in Norfolk at Docking, where strong evidence points to another possible origin of the family. "In the charter of endowment of Eton College, mention is made of the alien priory of Dokkyng, the monks whereof are supposed by Tanner to have belonged to the Abbey de Ibreio, in Normandy, to which this church was formerly appropriated. " [1]

Continuing this possible origin, we found Thomas of Docking ( fl. 1250), a "Franciscan, is stated in the Royal MS. 3 B. xii. in the British Museum to have been really named ‘Thomas Gude, i.e. Bonus,’ but called ‘Dochyng’ from the place of his birth (Casley, Catalogue of the Manuscripts of the King's Library, p. 43, London, 1734), evidently the village of Docking in the north of the county of Norfolk. The same manuscript describes him as doctor of divinity at Oxford." [2]

Early History of the Decan family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Decan research. Another 71 words (5 lines of text) covering the years 1275, 1691, 1654, 1656 and 1607 are included under the topic Early Decan History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Decan 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 Decan family name include Dakin, Dakins, Dakyn, Daykin, Daykins, Daken, Deakin, Daikins, Daikyns, Daikin, Dayken, Daiken, Deakyn, Deake, Deaken and many more.

Early Notables of the Decan family (pre 1700)

Another 45 words (3 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Decan Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.


Australia Decan migration to Australia +

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

Decan Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • James Decan, English convict from York, who was transported aboard the "Albion" on May 29, 1828, settling in New South Wales, Australia [3]

Contemporary Notables of the name Decan (post 1700) +

  • Clarence DeCan, American politician, Prohibition Candidate for Michigan State Senate 10th District, 1942, 1960; Prohibition Candidate for U.S. Representative from Michigan 2nd District, 1944, 1946 [4]


  1. ^ Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.
  2. ^ Smith, George (ed), Dictionary of National Biography. London: Smith, Elder & Co., 1885-1900. Print
  3. ^ State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2014, November 24) Albion voyage to New South Wales, Australia in 1828 with 192 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/albion/1828
  4. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, December 8) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html


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