The name Den belongs to the early history of Britain, it's origins lie with the Anglo-Saxons
. It is a product of their having lived in an area where there was a valley. The place-name is derived from the Old English word denu,
when translated means valley.
This Old English word has also given rise to other local
names such as West Dean in Sussex
, Deane in Hampshire
and Dean in Essex.
Early Origins of the Den family
The surname Den was first found in Sussex
where the first record was of Ralph Dene holding manor and estates in that shire.
Early History of the Den family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Den research.Another 215 words (15 lines of text) covering the years 1350, 1400, 1588, 1628, 1899, 1440, 1503, 1491, 1496, 1501, 1503, 1500, 1502, 1610, 1653, 1638, 1721, 1676, 1708 and are included under the topic Early Den History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Den Spelling Variations
Until the dictionary, an invention of only the last few hundred
years, the English language lacked any comprehensive system of spelling rules. Consequently, spelling variations
in names are frequently found in early Anglo-Saxon
and later Anglo-Norman documents. One person's name was often spelled several different ways over a lifetime. The recorded variations of Den include Dean, Deane, Dene, Deans, Deanes, Denes, Adeane and others.
Early Notables of the Den family (pre 1700)
Distinguished members of the family include Henry Deane (c.1440-1503), Lord Chancellor of Ireland
from 1491 to 1496, Archbishop of Canterbury from 1501 to 1503 and Lord Keeper of the Great Seal from 1500 to 1502; Richard Deane (1610-1653), a British... Another 39 words (3 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Den Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Den family to Ireland
Some of the Den family moved to Ireland
, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.Another 152 words (11 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 Den family to the New World and Oceana
Thousands of English families boarded ships sailing to the New World in the hope of escaping the unrest found in England
at this time. Although the search for opportunity and freedom from persecution abroad took the lives of many because of the cramped conditions and unsanitary nature of the vessels, the opportunity perceived in the growing colonies of North America beckoned. Many of the settlers who survived the journey went on to make important contributions to the transplanted cultures of their adopted countries. The Den were among these contributors, for they have been located in early North American records:
Den Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
- R A Den, who arrived in San Francisco, California in 1851 CITATION[CLOSE]
Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
The Den 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: Forti et fideli nihil difficile
Motto Translation: To the brave and faithful man nothing is difficult.