The ancestors of the Dennehay family were part of an ancient Scottish tribe called the Picts
. The name Dennehay is derived from the personal name
Dennis. Dennehay is a patronymic
surname, which belongs to the category of hereditary surnames
. Some patronyms were formed from the personal names of the father of the bearer, while others came from prominent religious and secular figures. The surname Dennehay was first established in Lancashire
, prior to the Norman Conquest
Early Origins of the Dennehay family
The surname Dennehay was first found in Lancashire
(located in northwest England
and dates back to 1180), where they held a family seat
from ancient times.
Early History of the Dennehay family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Dennehay research.Another 257 words (18 lines of text) covering the years 1400, 10,0, 1424, 1634, 1st , 1676, 1501 and 1549 are included under the topic Early Dennehay History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Dennehay Spelling Variations
The appearance of the printing press and the first dictionaries in the last few hundred
years did much to standardize spelling. Prior to that time scribes spelled according to sound, a practice that resulted in many spelling variations
. Dennehay has been spelled Denny, Denney, Dennie, Denie, Denye, Deanney, Deannie and many more.
Early Notables of the Dennehay family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Dennehay family to Ireland
Some of the Dennehay family moved to Ireland
, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.Another 45 words (3 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 Dennehay family to the New World and Oceana
The expense of the crossing to the North American colonies seemed small beside the difficulties of remaining in Scotland
. It was a long and hard trip, but at its end lay the reward of freedom. Some Scots remained faithful to England
and called themselves United Empire Loyalists, while others fought in the American War of Independence
. Much of this lost Scottish heritage has been recovered in the last century through Clan
societies and other patriotic Scottish organizations. A search of immigration and passenger lists revealed many important, early immigrants to North America bearing the name of Dennehay: Thomas Denny from Combs, Devon
settled in Leicester, Massachusetts in 1646; Mary Denny settled in New England
(Massachusetts) in 1635; another Mary Denny settled in Maryland in 1736.
The Dennehay Motto
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: Et mea messis erit
Motto Translation: My harvest will also arrive.