When the ancestors of the Deisny family emigrated to England
following the Norman Conquest
in 1066 they brought their family name with them. They lived in Lincolnshire
. This family was originally from Isigny, in Calvados, Normandy
, and it is from the local
form of this place-name, D'Isigny, literally translating as from Isigny,
that their surname derives. CITATION[CLOSE]
The Norman People and Their Existing Descendants in the British Dominions and the United States Of America. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1975. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0636-X)
Early Origins of the Deisny family
The surname Deisny was first found in Lincolnshire
where they "settled for many years at Norton D'Isney" CITATION[CLOSE]
Shirley, Evelyn Philip, The Noble and Gentle Men of England; The Arms and Descents. Westminster: John Bower Nichols and Sons, 1866, Print.
Now named Norton Disney, the small village and civil parish is on the western boundary of the North Kesteven district of Lincolnshire
. The first reference of the place name was found in 1331 as Norton Isny and was held by the de Isney family since the 12th century. CITATION[CLOSE]
Mills, A.D., Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4)
Early History of the Deisny family
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Deisny Spelling Variations
The English language only became standardized in the last few centuries. For that reason, spelling variations
are common among many Anglo-Norman names. The shape of the English language was frequently changed with the introduction of elements of Norman French, Latin, and other European languages; even the spelling of literate people's names were subsequently modified. Deisny has been recorded under many different variations, including Disney, Deisney, D'Isney and others.
Early Notables of the Deisny family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Deisny family to the New World and Oceana
To escape the uncertainty of the political and religious uncertainty found in England
, many English families boarded ships at great expense to sail for the colonies held by Britain. The passages were expensive, though, and the boats were unsafe, overcrowded, and ridden with disease. Those who were hardy and lucky enough to make the passage intact were rewarded with land, opportunity, and social environment less prone to religious and political persecution. Many of these families went on to be important contributors to the young nations of Canada and the United States where they settled. Deisnys were some of the first of the immigrants to arrive in North America: William Disney who settled in Maryland in 1740.
The Deisny 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: Vincit qui patitur
Motto Translation: He conquers who endures.