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Where did the English Denmark family come from? What is the English Denmark family crest and coat of arms? When did the Denmark family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Denmark family history?

The ancient and distinguished name Denmark comes from the Old English word "denich," which means "Danish"; the name was originally for an immigrant from Denmark. There were many Danes throughout England in the Middle Ages, especially the long-established settlers of the Danelaw region. Some bearers of "Dennis" come from these Danish roots, while others are of Norman stock. The more recent variation "Denmark" probably refers to a new Danish immigrant.

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Spelling variations of this family name include: Dench, Dence, Denns, Dence, Dentch, Dennish, Dennys (Old French), Dane and many more.

First found in Worcestershire, where the family held a seat from ancient times, before and after the Norman Conquest in 1066. The earliest recorded bearer of the name was a Norman knight named Robert le Daneis, who was a charter witness in 1133. The Old English "Dench" was first recorded in 1327, when Thomas Dench was listed in the Subsidy Rolls of Worcestershire in 1327.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Denmark research. Another 183 words(13 lines of text) covering the years 1133, 1327, 1808, 1767, 1851, 1793, 1849, 1809 and 1852 are included under the topic Early Denmark History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Another 45 words(3 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Denmark Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Some of the Denmark family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 59 words(4 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Denmark Settlers in United States in the 17th Century


  • Patrick Denmark, who settled in New Hampshire in 1664
  • Patrick Denmark, who arrived in New Hampshire in 1664

Denmark Settlers in United States in the 19th Century


  • R Denmark, who landed in San Francisco, California in 1856
  • G Denmark, who landed in San Francisco, California in 1856

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The Denmark Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Denmark 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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