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The ancient and distinguished name Denns comes from the Old English word "denich," which means "Danish"; the name was originally for an immigrant from Denmark. There were many Danes throughout England in the Middle Ages, especially the long-established settlers of the Danelaw region. Some bearers of "Dennis" come from these Danish roots, while others are of Norman stock. The more recent variation "Denmark" probably refers to a new Danish immigrant.

Denns Early Origins



The surname Denns was first found in Worcestershire, where the family held a seat from ancient times, before and after the Norman Conquest in 1066. The earliest recorded bearer of the name was a Norman knight named Robert le Daneis, who was a charter witness in 1133. The Old English "Dench" was first recorded in 1327, when Thomas Dench was listed in the Subsidy Rolls of Worcestershire in 1327.

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Denns Spelling Variations


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Denns Spelling Variations



Spelling variations of this family name include: Dench, Dence, Denns, Dence, Dentch, Dennish, Dennys (Old French), Dane and many more.

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Denns Early History


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Denns Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Denns research. Another 183 words (13 lines of text) covering the years 1133, 1327, 1808, 1767, 1851, 1793, 1849, 1809 and 1852 are included under the topic Early Denns History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Denns Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Denns Early Notables (pre 1700)



Another 30 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Denns Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Denns In Ireland


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Denns In Ireland



Some of the Denns family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 59 words (4 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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The Great Migration



Some of the first settlers of this family name or some of its variants were: William Dench, who came to Barbados in 1635; Patrick Denmark, who settled in New Hampshire in 1664; Eleanor Dench, who arrived in Virginia in 1759; Maria Jane Dench, who arrived in South Carolina in 1812.

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Citations



    Other References

    1. Cook, Chris. English Historical Facts 1603-1688. London: MacMillan, 1980. Print.
    2. Humble, Richard. The Fall of Saxon England. New York: Barnes and Noble, 1975. Print. (ISBN 0-88029-987-8).
    3. Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin . Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8).
    4. Bolton, Charles Knowles. Bolton's American Armory. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1964. Print.
    5. Foster, Joseph. Dictionary of Heraldry Feudal Coats of Arms and Pedigrees. London: Bracken Books, 1989. Print. (ISBN 1-85170-309-8).
    6. Shirley, Evelyn Philip. Noble and Gentle Men of England Or Notes Touching The Arms and Descendants of the Ancient Knightley and Gentle Houses of England Arranged in their Respective Counties 3rd Edition. Westminster: John Bowyer Nichols and Sons, 1866. Print.
    7. Le Patourel, John. The Norman Empire. New York: Oxford University Press, 1976. Print. (ISBN 0-19-822525-3).
    8. Ingram, Rev. James. Translator Anglo-Saxon Chronicle 1823. Print.
    9. Papworth, J.W and A.W Morant. Ordinary of British Armorials. London: T.Richards, 1874. Print.
    10. Dunkling, Leslie. Dictionary of Surnames. Toronto: Collins, 1998. Print. (ISBN 0004720598).
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    The Denns Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Denns 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.

    This page was last modified on 21 September 2012 at 14:30.

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