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The name Dene first arose amongst the Anglo-Saxon tribes of Britain. It is derived from 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.

Dene Early Origins



The surname Dene was first found in Sussex where the first record was of Ralph Dene holding manor and estates in that shire.

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Dene Spelling Variations


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Dene Spelling Variations



One relatively recent invention that did much to standardize English spelling was the printing press. However, before its invention even the most literate people recorded their names according to sound rather than spelling. The spelling variations under which the name Dene has appeared include Dean, Deane, Dene, Deans, Deanes, Denes, Adeane and others.

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Dene Early History


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Dene Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Dene research. Another 295 words (21 lines of text) covering the years 1350, 1400, 1588, 1628, 1899, 1440, 1503, 1509, 1547, 1610, 1653, 1638, 1721, 1676, 1708 and are included under the topic Early Dene History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Dene Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Dene Early Notables (pre 1700)



Distinguished members of the family include Henry Deane (c.1440-1503), Archbishop of Canterbury and Lord High Chancellor of England during the reign of Henry VIII (1509-1547); Richard Deane (1610-1653), a British naval general and major general...

Another 34 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Dene Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Dene In Ireland


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Dene In Ireland



Some of the Dene family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 159 words (11 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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The Great Migration


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The Great Migration



At this time, the shores of the New World beckoned many English families that felt that the social climate in England was oppressive and lacked opportunity for change. Thousands left England at great expense in ships that were overcrowded and full of disease. A great portion of these settlers never survived the journey and even a greater number arrived sick, starving, and without a penny. The survivors, however, were often greeted with greater opportunity than they could have experienced back home. These English settlers made significant contributions to those colonies that would eventually become the United States and Canada. An examination of early immigration records and passenger ship lists revealed that people bearing the name Dene arrived in North America very early:

Dene Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • Francis Dene, aged 21, landed in Barbados in 1634
  • Tho Dene, aged 17, arrived in Bermuda in 1635

Dene Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Susan Dene, aged 18, arrived in New Castle or Philadelphia in 1803
  • Walter M. Dene, aged 19, who settled in America from London, in 1897

Dene Settlers in United States in the 20th Century

  • Marceline Dene, who landed in America, in 1904
  • Connie Dene, aged 31, who landed in America from London, in 1906
  • Monckton Dene, aged 47, who settled in America, in 1910
  • Arundel C. Dene, aged 25, who emigrated to America from St. Leonards, England, in 1911
  • Thomas Dene, aged 26, who emigrated to the United States from Thurles, Ireland, in 1915
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Contemporary Notables of the name Dene (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Dene (post 1700)



  • Dorothy Dene (1859-1899), born Ada Alice Pullen, English stage actress and artist's model for the painter Lord Leighton
  • Graham Dene (b. 1949), British radio personality
  • Terry Dene (b. 1938), born Terence Williams, British pop singer popular in the late 1950s

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Dene Historic Events


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Dene Historic Events




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Motto


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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.


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Citations


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Citations



    Other References

    1. Colletta, John P. They Came In Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
    2. Magnusson, Magnus. Chambers Biographical Dictionary 5th edition. Edinburgh: W & R Chambers, 1990. Print.
    3. Bullock, L.G. Historical Map of England and Wales. Edinburgh: Bartholomew and Son, 1971. Print.
    4. Burke, Sir Bernard. Burke's Genealogical and Heraldic History of the Landed Gentry: Including American Families with British Ancestry. (2 Volumes). London: Burke Publishing, 1939. Print.
    5. Zieber, Eugene. Heraldry in America. Philadelphia: Genealogical Publishing Co. Print.
    6. Sanders, Joanne McRee Edition. English Settlers in Barbados 1637-1800. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
    7. Shirley, Evelyn Philip. Noble and Gentle Men of England Or Notes Touching The Arms and Descendants of the Ancient Knightley and Gentle Houses of England Arranged in their Respective Counties 3rd Edition. Westminster: John Bowyer Nichols and Sons, 1866. Print.
    8. Passenger Lists of Vessels Arriving at Galveston Texas 1896-1951. National Archives Washington DC. Print.
    9. Lennard, Reginald. Rural England 1086-1135 A Study of Social and Agrarian Conditions. Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1959. Print.
    10. Hitching, F.K and S. Hitching. References to English Surnames in 1601-1602. Walton On Thames: 1910. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0181-3).
    11. ...

    The Dene Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Dene Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

    This page was last modified on 3 March 2016 at 16:10.

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