Denniss is an ancient name whose history on English soil dates back to the wave of emigration that followed the Norman Conquest
in 1066. The name comes from the medieval given name, Dennis,
which comes from the Greek name Dionysios,
which means a follower of the god Dionysius.
Early Origins of the Denniss family
The surname Denniss was first found in Lancashire
. Conjecturally, the name came to us from Normandy
, from the patron saint of France, St. Denis. CITATION[CLOSE]
Lowe, Mark Anthony, Patronymica Britannica, A Dictionary of Family Names of the United Kingdom. London: John Russel Smith, 1860. Print.
He was Bishop of Parisii (Paris), but was martyred in the Decian persecution of Christians, shortly after 250 AD. Apparently, after he was beheaded by a sword, he picked it up and walked ten kilometers (six miles), preaching a sermon the entire way. After the Norman Conquest
at the Battle of Hastings in 1066 A.D., the family were granted extensive lands in Lancashire
Early History of the Denniss family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Denniss research.Another 197 words (14 lines of text) covering the years 1273, 1379, 1500, 1546, 1498, 1477, 1561, 1507, 1554, 1592, 1555, 1591, 1609, 1606, 1660, 1616, 1692, 1660, 1679, 1628, 1693, 1656, 1657, 1734 and 1700 are included under the topic Early Denniss History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Denniss Spelling Variations
Endless spelling variations
are a prevailing characteristic of Norman surnames. Old and Middle English lacked any definite spelling rules, and the introduction of Norman French added an unfamiliar ingredient to the English linguistic stew. French and Latin, the languages of the court, also influenced spellings. Finally, Medieval scribes generally spelled words according to how they sounded, so one person was often referred to by different spellings in different documents. The name has been spelled Dennis, Denis, Dennys, Dennyss, Denys, Denniss and many more.
Early Notables of the Denniss family (pre 1700)
Outstanding amongst the family at this time was Sir Thomas Denys (d.1498) of Holcombe Burnell; and his son, Sir Thomas Denys (c.1477-1561), English politician and landholder of estates in Devon
at the Dissolution of the Monasteries, nine-time Sheriff of Devon
between 1507 and 1554, and Member of Parliament for Devon; and... Another 104 words (7 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Denniss Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Denniss family to Ireland
Some of the Denniss family moved to Ireland
, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.Another 75 words (5 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 Denniss family to the New World and Oceana
To escape the political and religious persecution within England
at the time, many English families left for the various British colonies abroad. The voyage was extremely difficult, though, and the cramped, dank ships caused many to arrive in the New World diseased and starving. But for those who made it, the trip was most often worth it. Many of the families who arrived went on to make valuable contributions to the emerging nations of Canada and the United States. An inquiry into the early roots of North American families reveals a number of immigrants bearing the name Denniss or a variant listed above:
Denniss Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
- Mary Denniss, who arrived in America in 1697 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)