The name Deniss arrived in England
after the Norman Conquest
of 1066. The name Deniss comes from the medieval given name, Dennis,
which comes from the Greek name Dionysios,
which means a follower of the god Dionysius.
Early Origins of the Deniss family
The surname Deniss was first found in Lancashire
. Conjecturally, the name came to us from Normandy
, from the patron saint of France, St. Denis. CITATION[CLOSE]
Lowe, Mark Anthony, Patronymica Britannica, A Dictionary of Family Names of the United Kingdom. London: John Russel Smith, 1860. Print.
He was Bishop of Parisii (Paris), but was martyred in the Decian persecution of Christians, shortly after 250 AD. Apparently, after he was beheaded by a sword, he picked it up and walked ten kilometers (six miles), preaching a sermon the entire way. After the Norman Conquest
at the Battle of Hastings in 1066 A.D., the family were granted extensive lands in Lancashire
Early History of the Deniss family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Deniss research.Another 197 words (14 lines of text) covering the years 1273, 1379, 1500, 1546, 1498, 1477, 1561, 1507, 1554, 1592, 1555, 1591, 1609, 1606, 1660, 1616, 1692, 1660, 1679, 1628, 1693, 1656, 1657, 1734 and 1700 are included under the topic Early Deniss History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Deniss Spelling Variations
Multitudes of spelling variations
are a hallmark of Anglo Norman names. Most of these names evolved in the 11th and 12th century, in the time after the Normans
introduced their own Norman French language into a country where Old and Middle English had no spelling rules and the languages of the court were French and Latin. To make matters worse, medieval scribes spelled words according to sound, so names frequently appeared differently in the various documents in which they were recorded. The name was spelled Dennis, Denis, Dennys, Dennyss, Denys, Denniss and many more.
Early Notables of the Deniss family (pre 1700)
Outstanding amongst the family at this time was Sir Thomas Denys (d.1498) of Holcombe Burnell; and his son, Sir Thomas Denys (c.1477-1561), English politician and landholder of estates in Devon
at the Dissolution of the Monasteries, nine-time Sheriff of Devon
between 1507 and 1554, and Member of Parliament for Devon; and... Another 104 words (7 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Deniss Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Deniss family to Ireland
Some of the Deniss family moved to Ireland
, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.Another 75 words (5 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Deniss family to the New World and Oceana
Some of the first settlers of this family name were:
Deniss Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
- Mr. William Deniss, (b. 1858), aged 15, Cornish farm labourer departing on 19th May 1873 aboard the ship "Columbus" arriving in Lyttelton, Canterbury, New Zealand on 2nd September 1873 CITATION[CLOSE]
Cornwall Online Parish Clerks. (Retrieved 2018, April 30). Emigrants to Lyttelton 1858-84 [PDF]. Retrieved from http://www.opc-cornwall.org/Resc/pdfs/new_zealand_assisted.pdf