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The ancient and distinguished name Dench 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 Dench family


The surname Dench 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.

Early History of the Dench family


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Dench Spelling Variations


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

Early Notables of the Dench family (pre 1700)


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Migration of the Dench family to Ireland


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


Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Dench Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • William Dench, who settled in Barbados in 1635
  • William Dench, aged 16, who landed in Barbados in 1635 [1]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)

Dench Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Eleanor Dench, who arrived in Virginia in 1759

Dench Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Maria Jane Dench, who arrived in South Carolina in 1812
  • J C Dench, aged 35, who arrived in South Carolina in 1812 [1]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)
  • Maria Jane Dench, aged 8, who landed in South Carolina in 1812 [1]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)
  • Mariah E Dench, aged 32, who arrived in South Carolina in 1812 [1]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)
  • Conrad Dench, who was naturalized in Michigan in 1878

Dench Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century

  • John Dench, who was living in Ontario in 1871

Dench Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • John Dench, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Moffatt" in 1839 [2]CITATION[CLOSE]
    State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) MOFFATT 1839. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1839Moffatt.htm
  • Mary Ann Dench, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Moffatt" in 1839 [2]CITATION[CLOSE]
    State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) MOFFATT 1839. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1839Moffatt.htm
  • jane Dench, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Moffatt" in 1839 [2]CITATION[CLOSE]
    State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) MOFFATT 1839. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1839Moffatt.htm

Dench Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • James Dench, aged 38, who arrived in Nelson, New Zealand aboard the ship "Clifford" in 1842
  • Elizabeth Dench, aged 37, who arrived in Nelson, New Zealand aboard the ship "Clifford" in 1842

Contemporary Notables of the name Dench (post 1700)


  • Dame Judi Dench CH, DBE, FRSA (b. 1934), Oscar, Golden Globe, Tony, three-time BAFTA, and six-time Laurence Olivier Award-winning English actress
  • Charles Edward Dench (1873-1958), English first-class cricketer and Test match umpire
  • Jeffery Danny Dench (1928-2014), English actor, best known for his work with the Royal Shakespeare Company, older brother of actress Judi Dench
  • David Dench (b. 1951), former Australian rules footballer who played for North Melbourne (1969-1984)
  • Michelle Dench, Australian sportswoman who played women's Australian rules football and basketball in the Women's National Basketball League, daughter of David Dench
  • Ian Dench (b. 1964), British songwriter and musician for EMF, best known for their song "Unbelievable" in 1991
  • Chris Dench (b. 1953), London-born Australian composer

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Citations


  1. ^ 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)
  2. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) MOFFATT 1839. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1839Moffatt.htm


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