Scotland. The name Denehay comes from the personal name Dennis. Denehay is a patronymic surname, which belongs to the category of hereditary surnames. Some patronyms were formed from the personal names of the father of the bearer, while others came from prominent religious and secular figures. The surname Denehay was first established in Lancashire, prior to the Norman Conquest of England in 1066.
Early Origins of the Denehay family
Lancashire (located in northwest England and dates back to 1180), where they held a family seat from ancient times.
Early History of the Denehay family
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Denehay Spelling Variations
spelling variations in names were common even among members of one family unit. Denehay has appeared Denny, Denney, Dennie, Denie, Denye, Deanney, Deannie and many more.
Early Notables of the Denehay family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Denehay family to Ireland
Some of the Denehay family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
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Migration of the Denehay family to the New World and Oceana
Faced by this persecution and the generally unstable political climate of those days, many Scots chose to leave their homeland for Ireland, Australia, and North America in search of greater opportunity and freedom. The colonies across the Atlantic were the most popular choice, but a passage there was neither cheap nor easily suffered. Passengers arrived sick and poor, but those who made it intact often found land and more tolerant societies in which to live. These brave settlers formed the backbone of the burgeoning nations of Canada and the United States. It is only this century that the ancestors of these families have begun to recover their collective identity through the patriotic highland games and Clan societies that have sprung up throughout North America. Research into early immigration and passenger lists revealed many immigrants bearing the name Denehay: Thomas Denny from Combs, Devon, England settled in Leicester, Massachusetts in 1646; Mary Denny settled in New England (Massachusetts) in 1635; another Mary Denny settled in Maryland in 1736.
The Denehay 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: Et mea messis erit
Motto Translation: My harvest will also arrive.
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