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The ancient and distinguished name Dence comes from the Old English word "denich," which means "Danish"; the name was originally for an immigrant from Denmark. There were many Danes throughout England in the Middle Ages, especially the long-established settlers of the Danelaw region. Some bearers of "Dennis" come from these Danish roots, while others are of Norman stock. The more recent variation "Denmark" probably refers to a new Danish immigrant.

Early Origins of the Dence family


The surname Dence was first found in Worcestershire, where the family held a seat from ancient times, before and after the Norman Conquest in 1066. The earliest recorded bearer of the name was a Norman knight named Robert le Daneis, who was a charter witness in 1133. The Old English "Dench" was first recorded in 1327, when Thomas Dench was listed in the Subsidy Rolls of Worcestershire in 1327.

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Early History of the Dence family

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Early History of the Dence family


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Dence Spelling Variations

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Dence Spelling Variations


Spelling variations of this family name include: Dench, Dence, Denns, Dence, Dentch, Dennish, Dennys (Old French), Dane and many more.

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Early Notables of the Dence family (pre 1700)

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Early Notables of the Dence family (pre 1700)


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Migration of the Dence family to Ireland

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Migration of the Dence family to Ireland


Some of the Dence family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
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Migration of the Dence family to the New World and Oceana

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Migration of the Dence family to the New World and Oceana


Some of the first settlers of this family name or some of its variants were: William Dench, who came to Barbados in 1635; Patrick Denmark, who settled in New Hampshire in 1664; Eleanor Dench, who arrived in Virginia in 1759; Maria Jane Dench, who arrived in South Carolina in 1812.

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