Early Origins of the Dedman family
The surname Dedman 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. CITATION[CLOSE]
Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds., Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8)
The place name literally means "homestead or village by the deep river," from the Old English words "deope" + "ham." CITATION[CLOSE]
Mills, A.D., Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4)
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 Dedman family
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Dedman 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 Dedman family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Dedman family to the New World and Oceana
Some of the first settlers of this family name were:
Dedman Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
- Susa Dedman, who settled in Virginia in 1659
Dedman Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
- James Dedman, aged 30, a labourer, who arrived in South Australia in 1855 aboard the ship "Glentanner"
Dedman Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
- William Dedman, who arrived in Nelson, New Zealand aboard the ship "John Masterman" in 1857
- E. Dedman, who arrived in Nelson, New Zealand aboard the ship "John Masterman" in 1857
Contemporary Notables of the name Dedman (post 1700)
- Robert H. Dedman Sr., American eponym of the Dedman School of Law, Dallas, Texas
- Bill Dedman, American Pulitzer Prize winning journalist, and investigative reporter for NBC News
- Stephen Dedman (b. 1959), Australian author of dark fantasy and science fiction stories and novels
- John Johnstone Dedman (1896-1973), Scottish-born, Australian politician, Minister in the Australian Labor Party