The ancestors of the Dennestoun name date back to the kingdom of Dalriada in ancient Scotland
. Dennestoun was a name for someone who lived near a place named Danzielstoun, in Scotland. Thus Dennestoun is a local
surname, which belongs to a category of hereditary surnames
derived from pre-existing names for towns, villages, parishes, or farmsteads.
Early Origins of the Dennestoun family
The surname Dennestoun was first found in Renfrewshire
, at Danzielstoun, in the parish of Kilmalcolm. "The manor took its name from some man named Daniel, and it bore this name as early as the reign of Malcolm IV", CITATION[CLOSE]
Black, George F., The Surnames of Scotland Their Origin, Meaning and History. New York: New York Public Library, 1946. Print. (ISBN 0-87104-172-3)
who died in 1165. It is generally thought that the town was founded about 1060.
Early History of the Dennestoun family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Dennestoun research.Another 181 words (13 lines of text) covering the years 1296, 1694 and are included under the topic Early Dennestoun History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Dennestoun Spelling Variations
Spelling in the medieval era was a highly imprecise process. Translation, particularly from Gaelic to English, was little better. For these reasons, early Scottish names are rife with spelling variations
. In various documents Dennestoun has been spelled Denison, Denniston, Dennistoun, Deniston, Denistoun, Dinniston, Dinnistoun and many more.
Early Notables of the Dennestoun family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Dennestoun family to Ireland
Some of the Dennestoun family moved to Ireland
, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.Another 103 words (7 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 Dennestoun family to the New World and Oceana
Ancestors of many of the Dalriadan families who crossed the Atlantic still live along the east coast of the United States and Canada. Some Scottish settlers arrived in Canada during the American War of Independence
as United Empire Loyalists, while others stayed south to fight for a new nation. The descendants of Scottish settlers in both countries began to rediscover their heritage in the 19th and 20th centuries through Clan
societies and highland games. An inquiry into the early roots of North American families has revealed a number of immigrants bearing the name Dennestoun or a variant listed above: Sam Denniston who settled in New York in 1774; and John Denniston, who arrived in Philadelphia in 1802.