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Early Origins of the Denley family

The surname Denley was first found in Oxfordshire where they held a family seat as Lords of the Manor. The Saxon influence of English history diminished after the Battle of Hastings in 1066. The language of the courts was French for the next three centuries and the Norman ambience prevailed. But Saxon surnames survived and the family name was first referenced in the year 1279 when Thomas de Denley held estates in that shire.

Early History of the Denley family

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Denley Spelling Variations

Spelling variations of this family name include: Denly, Denleigh, Denlegh, Dennerly, Dennarly and others.

Early Notables of the Denley family (pre 1700)

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United States Denley migration to the United States +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Denley Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
  • Mr. John C. Denley, (b. 1883), aged 21, Cornish engineer travelling aboard the ship "Majestic" arriving at Ellis Island, New York on 24th March 1904 en route to Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA [1]

Australia Denley migration to Australia +

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

Denley Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • William Denley, aged 15, who arrived in South Australia in 1849 aboard the ship "Indian" [2]
  • W. Denley, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Indian" in 1849 [2]

Contemporary Notables of the name Denley (post 1700) +

  • Catherine Denley, English mezzo-soprano
  • Randall Denley, Canadian journalist for the Ottawa Citizen, author and politician
  • Jim Denley, Australian flautist

  1. Cornwall Online Parish Clerks. (Retrieved 3rd May 2018). Retrieved from
  2. State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) The INDIAN 1849. Retrieved from on Facebook