Denham History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms 

Though hidden in the annals of history, the chronicles of Scotland reveal the early records of the Norman surname Denham which ranks as one of the oldest. The history of the name is interwoven within the colorful plaid of Scottish history and is an intrinsic part of the heritage of Scotland.

Early Origins of the Denham family

The surname Denham was first found in Denholm, a small village located between Jedburgh and Hawick in the Scottish Borders. [1] As early as the 16th century, the hamlet was named Denum and was frequently plundered and burnt during English raids of that time. There are three parishes named Denham in England where the local is derived from the Old English word "denu" + "ham" meaning "homestead or village in a valley." [2] In Buckinghamshire, Denham is today a village and civil parish in the union of Eton and comprises 3780 acres. It was listed as Deneham in 1066 and later as Daneham in the Domesday Book [3]. Denham, Suffolk is near Bury St Edmunds and was listed as Denham in 1086. There is another Denham in Suffolk which lies near Eye and in this latter case, it was spelt Denham in 1086. Conjecturally, the family was descended from W. Hurrant, a Norman noble, who was granted the lands of Denham by William the Conqueror, and erected Denham Castle, and today the earthworks of the moat and bailey still remain.

Important Dates for the Denham family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Denham research. Another 120 words (9 lines of text) covering the years 1150, 1296, 1299, 1506, 1600, 1800, 1614, 1669 and 1815 are included under the topic Early Denham History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Denham Spelling Variations

Spelling variations of this family name include: Denham, Denholm, Denholme, Dennam and others.

Early Notables of the Denham family (pre 1700)

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Migration of the Denham family to Ireland

Some of the Denham family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
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Denham migration to the United States

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Denham Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • William Denham who settled in Virginia in 1623
  • William Denham, who landed in Virginia in 1623 [4]
  • Walter Denham, who arrived in Virginia in 1653 [4]
  • Charles Denham, who settled in Barbados in 1660
  • Richard Denham, who settled in Virginia in 1670
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Denham Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Thomas Denham, who arrived in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1715-1721 [4]
  • James Denham, who arrived in Maryland in 1716 [4]
  • James Denham, who settled in Maryland in 1716
  • Joseph Denham, who arrived in Mississippi in 1798 [4]
  • Reuben Denham, who landed in Mississippi in 1798 [4]
Denham Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Alex Denham, who landed in America in 1804 [4]
  • Ann Denham, who arrived in America in 1804 [4]
  • Alexander Denham, aged 37, who arrived in New York in 1812 [4]
  • John D Denham, aged 28, who landed in New York in 1812 [4]
  • Christopher Richard Denham, who landed in New York in 1836 [4]
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Denham migration to Australia

Emigration to Australia followed the First Fleets of convicts, tradespeople and early settlers. Early immigrants include:

Denham Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • Samuel Denham, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Lady Emma" in 1837 [5]
  • Ann Sophia Denham, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Lady Emma" in 1837 [5]
  • Alfred Denham, English convict from London, who was transported aboard the "Anna Maria" on March 6, 1848, settling in Van Diemen's Land, Australia [6]
  • Miss Elizabeth Denham, (b. 1830), aged 23, Cornish domestic servant departing from Plymouth on 17th September 1852 aboard the ship "Time and Truth" arriving in Geelong, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia on 5th January 1853 [7]
  • Sarah Denham, aged 20, a servant, who arrived in South Australia in 1855 aboard the ship "Warren Hastings"

Denham migration to New Zealand

Emigration to New Zealand followed in the footsteps of the European explorers, such as Captain Cook (1769-70): first came sealers, whalers, missionaries, and traders. By 1838, the British New Zealand Company had begun buying land from the Maori tribes, and selling it to settlers, and, after the Treaty of Waitangi in 1840, many British families set out on the arduous six month journey from Britain to Aotearoa to start a new life. Early immigrants include:

Denham Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • Mr. James Denham, (b. 1836), aged 22, British carpenter travelling from Gravesend aboard the ship "Indiana" arriving in Lyttelton, Christchurch, South Island, New Zealand on 28th November 1858 [8]
  • Mr. George Denham, Scottish settler travelling from Glasgow aboard the ship "Sevilla" arriving in Dunedin, Otago, South Island, New Zealand on 2nd December 1859 [9]
  • Mr. James Denham, British settler travelling from London aboard the ship "Evening Star" arriving in Dunedin, Otago, South Island, New Zealand on 14th October 1860 [8]
  • Mr. Allen H. Denham, (b. 1836), aged 34, British coach maker travelling from London aboard the ship 'Merope' arriving in Lyttelton, Christchurch, South Island, New Zealand on 27th October 1870 [8]
  • Mrs. Caroline Denham, (b. 1840), aged 30, British settler travelling from London aboard the ship 'Merope' arriving in Lyttelton, Christchurch, South Island, New Zealand on 27th October 1870 [8]
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Contemporary Notables of the name Denham (post 1700)

  • Jeffrey Denham (b. 1967), American Republican politician serving in the California State Senate [10]
  • Ms. Elizabeth Denham C.B.E.,, Canadian UK Information Commissioner at the Information Commissioner’s Office in Cheshire, was appointed Commander of the Order of the British Empire on 29th December 2018 for services to Protecting Information by Her Majesty the Queen [11]
  • Jack Denham (1924-2009), leading Australian horse trainer and businessman
  • Admiral Sir Henry Mangles Denham CMG (1800-1887), British Navy Officer knighted for his hydrographical services
  • Digby Frank Denham (1859-1944), Australian politician / businessman Premier of Queensland from 1911 to 1915
  • Maurice Denham (1909-2002), English character actor
  • Dixon Denham (1786-1828), English explorer in West Central Africa
  • Denham Harman (1916-2014), American biogerontologist, Professor emeritus at the University of Nebraska Medical Center, known as the "father of the free radical theory of aging"
  • Denham Dixon (1786-1828), English army officer

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Citations

  1. ^ Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of Scotland. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.
  2. ^ Mills, A.D., Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4)
  3. ^ Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds., Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8)
  4. ^ 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)
  5. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) LADY EMMA 1837. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1837LadyEmma.htm
  6. ^ State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2015, January 8) Anna Maria voyage to Van Diemen's Land or Port Phillip, Australia in 1848 with 190 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/anna-maria/1848
  7. ^ Cornwall Online Parish Clerks. (Retrieved 3rd May 2018). Retrieved from http://www.opc-cornwall.org/Resc/pdfs/emigration_australia_victoria.pdf
  8. ^ New Zealand Yesteryears Passenger Lists 1800 to 1900 (Retrieved 17th October 2018). Retrieved from http://www.yesteryears.co.nz/shipping/passlist.html
  9. ^ New Zealand Yesteryears Passenger Lists 1800 to 1900 (Retrieved 26th March 2019). Retrieved from http://www.yesteryears.co.nz/shipping/passlist.html
  10. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2010, September 27) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html
  11. ^ "Birthday and New Year Honours Lists (1940 to 2019)." Issue 62507, 28 December 2018 | London Gazette, The Gazette, Dec. 2018, www.thegazette.co.uk/honours-lists
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