The age-old Pictish-Scottish family name Deenay is derived from the personal name
Dennis. Deenay is a patronymic
surname, which belongs to the category of hereditary surnames
. Some patronyms were formed from the personal names of the father of the bearer, while others came from prominent religious and secular figures. The surname Deenay was first established in Lancashire
, prior to the Norman Conquest
Early Origins of the Deenay family
The surname Deenay was first found in Lancashire
(located in northwest England
and dates back to 1180), where they held a family seat
from ancient times.
Early History of the Deenay family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Deenay research.Another 257 words (18 lines of text) covering the years 1400, 10,0, 1424, 1634, 1st , 1676, 1501 and 1549 are included under the topic Early Deenay History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Deenay Spelling Variations
In medieval Scotland
, names were more often spelled according to sound than any regular set of rules. An enormous number of spelling variations
were the result. Over the years, the name Deenay has been spelled Denny, Denney, Dennie, Denie, Denye, Deanney, Deannie and many more.
Early Notables of the Deenay family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Deenay family to Ireland
Some of the Deenay family moved to Ireland
, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.Another 45 words (3 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 Deenay family to the New World and Oceana
In such difficult times, Ireland
, and North America looked like better homes for many Scots. The trips were expensive and grueling, but also rewarding, as the colonies were havens for those unwelcome in the old country. That legacy did not die easily, though, and many were forced to fight for their freedom in the American War of Independence
. The Scottish legacy has resurface in more recent times, though, through Clan
societies, highland games, and other organizations. Immigration and passenger lists have shown many early immigrants bearing the old Scottish name of Deenay: Thomas Denny from Combs, Devon
settled in Leicester, Massachusetts in 1646; Mary Denny settled in New England
(Massachusetts) in 1635; another Mary Denny settled in Maryland in 1736.
The Deenay 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: Et mea messis erit
Motto Translation: My harvest will also arrive.