Denet History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms
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Denet is one of the many new names that came to England following the Norman Conquest of 1066. The Denet family lived in Sussex. The family was originally from D'Anet, in Normandy,  which is now home to the Château d'Anet, a château near Dreux, built by Philibert de l'Orme from 1547 to 1552.
Early Origins of the Denet family
The surname Denet was first found in Sussex where they held a family seat from very early times. However, the Hundredorum Rolls of 1273 record the first listings of the name: Alicia Denet in Bedfordshire; and Robert Dynot in Oxfordshire.  Regardless of this early roll, Sussex has traditionally held the greatest listings of the name through history.
Early History of the Denet family
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Denet Spelling Variations
Anglo-Norman names are characterized by a multitude of spelling variations. When the Normans became the ruling people of England in the 11th century, they introduced a new language into a society where the main languages of Old and later Middle English had no definite spelling rules. These languages were more often spoken than written, so they blended freely with one another. Contributing to this mixing of tongues was the fact that medieval scribes spelled words according to sound, ensuring that a person's name would appear differently in nearly every document in which it was recorded. The name has been spelled Dennette, Dennett, Denett, Dennet, Denet and others.
Early Notables of the Denet family
Outstanding amongst the family at this time was Thomas Danett (fl. 1566-1601), English author of the following works:— 1. ‘The Description of the Low Countreys and of the Prouinces thereof, gathered into an Epitome out of the Historie of Lodouico Guicchardini,’ London, 1593, dedicated to Lord Burghley. 2. ‘A...
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Migration of the Denet family
For many English families, the political and religious disarray that plagued their homeland made the frontiers of the New World an attractive prospect. Thousands migrated, aboard cramped disease-ridden ships. They arrived sick, poor, and hungry, but were welcomed in many cases with far greater opportunity than at home in England. Many of these hardy settlers went on to make important contributions to the emerging nations in which they landed. Among early immigrants bearing the name Denet or a variant listed above were: John Dennett who settled in Maine in 1630; Samuel Dennett and his wife Susannah arrived in west New Jersey in 1664; Alexander Dennett arrived in Maine in 1630.
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: Per Dei providentiam
Motto Translation: By God's providence.
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