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Dennett is a name that was carried to England in the great wave of migration from Normandy following the Norman Conquest of 1066. The Dennett family lived in Sussex. The family was originally from D'Anet, in Normandy, [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
The Norman People and Their Existing Descendants in the British Dominions and the United States Of America. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1975. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0636-X)
which is now home to the Château d'Anet, a château near Dreux, built by Philibert de l'Orme from 1547 to 1552.

Early Origins of the Dennett family


The surname Dennett was first found in Sussex where they held a family seat from very early times. However, the Hundredorum Rolls of 1273 record the first listings of the name: Alicia Denet in Bedfordshire; and Robert Dynot in Oxfordshire. [2]CITATION[CLOSE]
Bardsley, C.W, A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6)
Regardless of this early roll, Sussex has traditionally held the greatest listings of the name through history.

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Early History of the Dennett family

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Early History of the Dennett family


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Dennett Spelling Variations

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Dennett Spelling Variations


Before English spelling was standardized a few hundred years ago, spelling variations of names were a common occurrence. Elements of Latin, Norman French and other languages became incorporated into English throughout the Middle Ages, and name spellings changed even among the literate. The variations of the surname Dennett include Dennette, Dennett, Denett, Dennet, Denet and others.

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Early Notables of the Dennett family (pre 1700)

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Early Notables of the Dennett family (pre 1700)


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Migration of the Dennett family to the New World and Oceana

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Migration of the Dennett family to the New World and Oceana


In England at this time, the uncertainty of the political and religious environment of the time caused many families to board ships for distant British colonies in the hopes of finding land and opportunity, and escaping persecution. The voyages were expensive, crowded, and difficult, though, and many arrived in North America sick, starved, and destitute. Those who did make it, however, were greeted with greater opportunities and freedoms that they could have experienced at home. Many of those families went on to make important contributions to the young nations in which they settled. Early immigration records have shown some of the first Dennetts to arrive on North American shores:

Dennett Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • John Dennett who settled in Maine in 1630
  • Alexander Dennett, who arrived in Maine in 1630
  • John Dennett, who settled in Virginia in 1635
  • James Dennett, who settled in Virginia in 1650
  • James Dennett, who arrived in Virginia in 1650 [3]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
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Dennett Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • John Dennett, who arrived in Arkansas in 1888 [3]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)

Dennett Settlers in United States in the 20th Century

  • Bertha E. Dennett, aged 22, who settled in America from Brighton, in 1901
  • Sara Dennett, aged 44, who emigrated to America from Brighton, in 1901
  • Prescilla Dennett, aged 48, who emigrated to the United States from Nottingham, in 1905
  • David Dennett, aged 51, who emigrated to the United States from Sussex, in 1906
  • Charlotte Dennett, aged 43, who landed in America from Bradford, England, in 1907
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Dennett Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • Matthew Dennett, who landed in Wellington, New Zealand in 1840
  • William Dennett, who landed in Auckland, New Zealand in 1840

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Contemporary Notables of the name Dennett (post 1700)

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Contemporary Notables of the name Dennett (post 1700)


  • Fred Dennett (1863-1928), Chilean-born, American 32nd Commissioner of the General Land Office (1908-1913)
  • Tyler Dennett (1883-1949), American historian and educator, best known for his book John Hay (1933), for which he won the 1934 Pulitzer Prize for biography
  • Daniel Clement Dennett (b. 1942), American philosopher, writer, and cognitive scientist, often referred to as one of the "Four Horsemen of New Atheism"
  • Jill Dennett, American motion picture actress in Hollywood movies for a decade
  • Mary Coffin Ware Dennett (1872-1947), American birth control activist and pacifist
  • Edward George Dennett, English cricketer for Gloucestershire between 1903 and 1926
  • Richard Edward "R.E." Dennett, English trader and author operating out of the Kongo (present day Republic of Congo) in the early 20th century
  • Jack Dennett (1916-1975), Canadian radio and television announcer, best known for his interviews with seven prime ministers (more than any other) and as play by play announcer for Hockey Night in Canada, inducted into Canada's Sports Hall of Fame

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The Dennett Motto

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The Dennett 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: Per Dei providentiam
Motto Translation: By God's providence.


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  1. ^ The Norman People and Their Existing Descendants in the British Dominions and the United States Of America. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1975. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0636-X)
  2. ^ Bardsley, C.W, A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6)
  3. ^ Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)

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