Den History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms
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. 
"Atte Dene is the common form in old times, implying residence at such a place. There are, however, eighteen parishes or places called Dean in the Gazetteer of England, and Dene occurs in Domesday Book as a personal appellation."  Alternatively, the name could have been from one who holds the office as in "the dean." 
Another source claims the name could have been Norman in origin as two listings in the Latin form of the name were found in the Magni Rotuli Scaccarii Normanniae in 1180-1195: William and Godfrey Decanus of Normandy. 
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. 
"This name has two principal areas of distribution, one in Cheshire, Staffordshire, and in their vicinity, the other in the south of England, especially in Wiltshire and in the counties adjacent. There are numerous parishes of the name in the south of England, a circumstance that explains the prevalence of the name in that region." 
By the time of the Hundredorum Rolls of 1273, the name was scattered perhaps eluding to the aforementioned occupational nature of the name: Thomas dela Dene, Hertfordshire; Jacob de la Dene, Kent; and Robert le Deen, Cambridgeshire. 
In northern England, the Yorkshire Poll Tax Rolls of 1379 listed: Johanna del Dene; Willelmus del Dene; and Johannes de Denne as all holding lands there at that time. 
William Dene (fl. 1350), was an early English chronicler and probably author of a work preserved in the Cotton Library in the British Museum containing a record of the history of Rochester, 'Annales Roffenses,' from 1314 to 1358. "A William Dene who is mentioned as archdeacon of Rochester at various dates between 1323 and 1338 is no doubt to be distinguished from the chronicler, though probably related to him." 
Early History of the Den family
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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 naval general and major general for Cromwell; Sir Anthony Deane (1638-1721), English politician, naval architect, Master Shipwright and commercial shipbuilder, Mayor of Harwich, Essex in 1676; and Deane, made Baron Muskerry of Ireland by Queen Anne in 1708.
William Deane (d. 1588), was an English Catholic divine, educated in the English college at Rheims, and after...
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Migration of the Den family to Ireland
Some of the Den family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
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| Den migration to the United States ||+|
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 
| Den migration to Australia ||+|
Emigration to Australia
followed the First Fleets
of convicts, tradespeople and early settlers. Early immigrants include:
Den Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
- Mr. William Den, Scottish convict who was convicted in Aberdeen, Scotland for life, transported aboard the "Fairlie" on 14th October 1833, arriving in New South Wales, Australia 
|Contemporary Notables of the name Den (post 1700) ||+|
- Kristen den Hartog (b. 1965), Canadian fiction writer
- Arie den Hartog (b. 1941), Dutch former road bicycle racer
- Den Coates, American politician, Candidate for Oklahoma State Senate 20th District, 2002 
- Den Hegarty (b. 1954), Irish rock and roll singer
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.
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- Convict Records Voyages to Australia (Retrieved 21st September 2022). https://convictrecords.com.au/ships/fairlie
- The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2017, April 12) Den Coates. Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html