Denning History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The old family name Denning is thought to have derived from the place name Dunoon (Dunomhainn in Gaelic), located in Argyll and Bute, Scotland, on the Firth of Clyde.

Early Origins of the Denning family

The surname Denning was first found in Ross-shire (Gaelic: Siorrachd Rois) a former county, now part of the Council Areas of Highland and Western Isles in Northern Scotland, which emerged from the Gaelic lordship of the Earl of Ross. Today Dunoon is a town situated on the Cowal Peninsula in Argyll and Bute but was originally a barony in Argyllshire. [1]

Early History of the Denning family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Denning research. Another 146 words (10 lines of text) covering the years 1606, 1255, 1265 and 1296 are included under the topic Early Denning History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Denning Spelling Variations

Spelling variations of this family name include: Denoon, Dennin, Denning, Denune, Dunnoon, Dunoon, Denoone and many more.

Early Notables of the Denning family (pre 1700)

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United States Denning migration to the United States +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Denning Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • William Denning, who landed in Boston, Massachusetts in 1654 [2]
Denning Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Adam Denning, who landed in Virginia in 1700 [2]
  • John, Denning Jr., who arrived in America in 1795 [2]
Denning Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Matthew Denning, aged 42, who landed in America in 1821 [2]
  • Charles Denning, who landed in Washington County, Pennsylvania in 1842 [2]
  • Anna Denning, who landed in New York in 1850 [2]
  • R Denning, who arrived in San Francisco, California in 1850 [2]
  • Michael Denning, who arrived in New York, NY in 1876 [2]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Australia Denning migration to Australia +

Emigration to Australia followed the First Fleets of convicts, tradespeople and early settlers. Early immigrants include:

Denning Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • Benjamin Denning, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Louisa Baillie" in 1849 [3]
  • John Denning, aged 30, a labourer, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Joseph Somes" in 1850 [4]
  • John Denning, aged 30, a farm labourer, who arrived in South Australia in 1850 aboard the ship "Joseph Soames" [5]
  • Jane Denning, aged 13, a child, who arrived in South Australia in 1854 aboard the ship "Thetis" [6]
  • Charles Denning, aged 44, a farm labourer, who arrived in South Australia in 1857 aboard the ship "Henry Moore"
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Contemporary Notables of the name Denning (post 1700) +

  • Carolyn Denning (1927-2016), American pediatrician, known for her extensive work in the treatment of cystic fibrosis, member of the Society for Pediatric Research, the American Academy of Pediatrics and the American Thoracic Society
  • Joe William Denning (b. 1945), American mayor, former city commissioner, retired police officer and politician
  • Otto George Denning (1912-1992), American Major League Baseball catcher
  • Troy Denning (b. 1958), American fantasy and science fiction author and game designer
  • Kat Denning (b. 1986), American actress
  • Peter J. Denning (b. 1942), American computer scientist, and prolific writer
  • Richard Denning (1914-1998), New York Actor
  • Natalie Denning (b. 1983), English glamour model
  • Nicholas Alexander Denning (b. 1978), English cricketer
  • Arthur Denning (1901-1975), Australian first director of the University of New South Wales from 1949 - 1952
  • ... (Another 12 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)


  1. ^ 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)
  2. ^ 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)
  3. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) The LOUISA BAILLIE 1849. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1849LouisaBaillie.htm
  4. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) JOSEPH SOMES / SOAMES 1850. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1850JosephSomes.htm
  5. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) JOSEPH SOMES / SOAMES 1850. Retrieved http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1850JosephSomes.htm
  6. ^ South Australian Register Friday 1st September 1854. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) Emigrant 1854. Retrieved http://www.theshipslist.com/ships/australia/thetis1854.shtml


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