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

The saga of the Denney family name begins among the people of an ancient Scottish tribe called the Picts. The Denney name is derived from the personal name Dennis. Denney 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 Denney was first established in Lancashire, prior to the Norman Conquest of England in 1066.

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Repeated and inaccurate translation of Scottish names from Gaelic to English and back resulted in a wide variety of spelling variations with single names. Denney has appeared Denny, Denney, Dennie, Denie, Denye, Deanney, Deannie and many more.

First found in Lancashire (located in northwest England and dates back to 1180), where they held a family seat from ancient times.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Denney 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 Denney History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Another 69 words(5 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Denney Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Some of the Denney 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.

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Many Scottish families suffered enormous hardships and were compelled to leave their country of birth. They traveled to Ireland and Australia, but mostly to the colonies of North America, where many found the freedom and opportunity they sought. It was not without a fight, though, as many were forced to stand up and defend their freedom in the American War of Independence. The ancestors of these Scots abroad have rediscovered their heritage in the last century through the Clan societies and other organizations that have sprung up across North America. Immigration and passenger ship lists show some important early immigrants bearing the name Denney:

Denney Settlers in United States in the 19th Century


  • Charles Denney, who arrived in Mobile, Ala in 1860
  • Mrs. Minna Denney, aged 32, who emigrated to the United States, in 1892
  • R. A. Denney, aged 39, who landed in America, in 1894
  • Frank Denney, aged 17, who emigrated to the United States, in 1894
  • Hattie Denney, aged 16, who emigrated to the United States, in 1896

Denney Settlers in United States in the 20th Century


  • George Denney, aged 40, who landed in America, in 1908
  • John Denney, aged 22, who settled in America from Newcastle, England, in 1910
  • Minna Denney, aged 55, who settled in America, in 1911
  • Joseph V. Denney, aged 51, who landed in America, in 1914
  • Mary Denney, aged 1, who emigrated to the United States from London, England, in 1914


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  • Nora "Dodo" Denney (1928-2005), American stage, television, and film actress, best known for her role as Mrs. Teevee in Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory (1971)
  • Reuel Denney (1913-1995), award-winning American poet and academic
  • Robert Vernon Denney (1916-1981), American Republican politician in Nebraska
  • William duHamel Denney (1873-1953), American businessman and politician, Governor of Delaware from 1921 to 1925
  • Ryan Craig Denney (b. 1977), American NFL football defensive end
  • Kyle Dean Denney (b. 1977), American Major League Baseball pitcher who played for the Cleveland Indians in 2004
  • Caydee Denney (b. 1993), American pair skater, the 2012 Four Continents silver medalist and 2012 U.S. national champion
  • Tom Denney (b. 1982), American musician, founding member and the ex-lead guitarist of A Day to Remember
  • Haven Denney (b. 1995), American pair skater, the 2013 World Junior champion and the 2012 U.S. national junior champion
  • Kevin Denney (b. 1978), American country music artist

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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.

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