Denise History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The surname Denis is one of the oldest family names to come from the French region known as Bretagne, or Brittany in English. It is derived from the Greek given name Dionysios, which means a follower of the Greek god of the same name. Much of the popularity of the name Denise is due to the fact that it was borne by the 3rd century Bishop of Paris who later became the patron saint of France.

Early Origins of the Denise family

The surname Denise was first found in Champagne, where this illustrious family held a family seat since ancient times. By the 14th century the family was well established in the region of Thiérache and several members of the family distinguished themselves through their contributions to the community in which they lived and were rewarded with lands, titles and letters patent confirming their nobility.

From the original line of Thiérache, the family branched, expanded, and prospered. Resulting from this expansion, the members of the family had their names recorded with a variety of spellings. As the members of the many branches were involved politically and culturally in their region, they were recorded in the ancient surveys. From the ancient records of the Denisard branch, Adam of la Capelle is recorded in Thiérache in 1340, Jehan is noted in 1360 and Mahieu is registered in 1404. From the Denise branch, Bernard appears in 1294, Pierre in 1384, Jehan Denise rendered homage in 1390, and Jacques appears in a census of 1448. As well, from the ancient cartularies Jehan Denisot is mentioned in 1438. [1]

Early History of the Denise family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Denise research. Another 69 words (5 lines of text) covering the years 1700, 1700, 1610, 1670, 1644, 1708, 1598, 1688, 1643, 1704, 1659, 1711, 1715 and 1706 are included under the topic Early Denise History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Denise Spelling Variations

Throughout the course of history most surnames have undergone changes for many reasons. During the early development of the French language, a son and father may not have chosen to spell their name the same way. Many are simple spelling changes by a person who gave his name, phonetically, to a scribe, priest, or recorder. Many names held prefixes or suffixes which became optional as they passed through the centuries, or were adopted by different branches to signify either a political or religious adherence. Hence, we have many spelling variations of this name, Denise some of which are Denis, Dennis, Denys, Dennys, Denice, Denise, Deniset, Deniseau, Denison, Denisard, Denizot, Denizon and many more.

Early Notables of the Denise family (pre 1700)

Notable amongst the family during this period was Claude Denis, Lord of la Cornillere, during the 1700's; Frans Denys (c. 1610-1670), a Flemish Baroque painter mainly of portraits; Jacob Denys (1644-1708) was a Flemish Baroque painter; Nicolas Denys (1598?-1688), a French aristocrat who became an explorer, colonizer, soldier and leader in New France, founder of settlements at...
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United States Denise migration to the United States +

In 1643, 109 years after the first landings by Cartier, there were only about 300 people in Quebec, in 1663 there were only 500, 2,000 migrants arrived during the next decade. Early marriage was desperately encouraged amongst the immigrants. Youths of 18 took fourteen-year-old girls for their wives. The fur trade was developed and attracted migrants, both noble and commoner from France. 15,000 explorers left Montreal in the late 17th and 18th centuries. Migration from France to New France or Quebec as it was now more popularly called, continued from France until it fell in 1759. By 1675, there were 7000 French in Quebec. By the same year the Acadian presence in Nova Scotia, New Brunswick and Prince Edward Island had reached 500. In 1755, 10,000 French Acadians refused to take an oath of allegiance to England and were deported to Louisiana. Meanwhile, in Quebec, the French race flourished, founding in Lower Canada, one of the two great solitudes which became Canada. Many distinguished contributions have been made by members of this family name Denise. It has been prominent in the arts, religion, politics and culture in France and New France. Amongst the settlers in North America with this distinguished name Denise were

Denise Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • Teunis Nyssen Denise, who arrived in New Netherland(s) in 1620-1664 [2]
  • Theunis Denise, who arrived in New York in 1638 [2]
Denise Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • A. Denise, aged 24, who settled in America, in 1892
  • Jos. Denise, aged 11, who immigrated to America from Ireland, in 1892
  • Walter Denise, aged 9, who landed in America from Ireland, in 1892
  • Henri Denise, aged 32, who landed in America, in 1895
Denise Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
  • Katherine Denise, aged 34, who landed in America, in 1907
  • Donald Philip Denise, aged 17, who immigrated to the United States from Channel Islds., Jersey, England, in 1918
  • Marien Denise, aged 21, who immigrated to the United States from Paris, France, in 1923
  • Raymond Denise, aged 17, who landed in America, in 1923
  • Raymond Denise, aged 19, who settled in America, in 1923

Contemporary Notables of the name Denise (post 1700) +

  • Ms. Patricia Denise Kane O.B.E. (b. 1958), British Executive Headteacher for The Education and Leadership Trust, was appointed Officer of the Order of the British Empire on 29th December 2018 for services to Education [3]
  • Ms. Clare Denise Gibbs O.B.E., British Strategic Partnering Manager for the Cabinet Office, was appointed Officer of the Order of the British Empire on 29th December 2018 for public service [3]
  • Mrs. Alison Denise Fendley O.B.E. (b. 1970), British Executive Director for Forensic Archive Limited, was appointed Officer of the Order of the British Empire on 29th December 2018 for services to Forensic Science [3]
  • Stephanie Denise Lucero, American television reporter and journalist
  • Michel'le Denise Toussaint (b. 1970), known mononymously as Michel'le, an American R&B singer and songwriter
  • Carol Denise Ensley (b. 1970), birth name of Carol Denise "Niecy" Nash, an American Primetime Emmy Award nominated comedian, model, actress, and producer, known for Clean House (2003), Reno 911! (2003) and Horton Hears a Who! (2008)
  • Ericka Denise Lorenz (b. 1981), American gold, two-time silver and bronze medalist water polo player
  • Jacqueline Denise Welch (b. 1958), English actress, dancer and television presenter best known for her roles as Natalie Barnes on Coronation Street
  • Carol Denise Barbee (b. 1959), American television writer, actress and producer
  • Shannon Denise Bobbitt, American professional basketball player

  1. ^ Hozier, Charles D, and Antoine Bachelin-Delforenne. État présent De La Noblesse française (1883-1887): Contenant Le Distionnaire De La Noblesse Contemporaine Et Larmorial général De France, Dapres Les Manuscrits De Ch. D Hozier. Librairie Des Bibliophiles, 1884. Print.
  2. ^ 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)
  3. ^ "Birthday and New Year Honours Lists (1940 to 2019)." Issue 62507, 28 December 2018 | London Gazette, The Gazette, Dec. 2018, on Facebook
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