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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.
The surname Denham was first found in Denholm, a small village located between Jedburgh and Hawick in the Scottish Borders. CITATION[CLOSE]
Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of Scotland. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print. 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." CITATION[CLOSE]
Mills, A.D., Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4) 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 CITATION[CLOSE]
Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds., Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8). 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.
Spelling variations of this family name include: Denham, Denholm, Denholme, Dennam and others.
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Denham research. Another 239 words (17 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.
Another 30 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Denham Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Some of the Denham family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 55 words (4 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Some of the first settlers of this family name were:
Denham Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
Denham Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
Denham Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
Denham Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
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: Cura dat victoriam
Motto Translation: Caution gives victory.
The Denham Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Denham 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.
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