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

The age-old Pictish-Scottish family name Denny is derived from the personal name Dennis. Denny 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 Denny was first established in Lancashire, prior to the Norman Conquest of England in 1066.


In the Middle ages, spelling and translation were not yet regulated by any general rules. spelling variations in names were common even among members of one family unit. Denny 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.


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


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


Some of the Denny 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.


Faced by this persecution and the generally unstable political climate of those days, many Scots chose to leave their homeland for Ireland, Australia, and North America in search of greater opportunity and freedom. The colonies across the Atlantic were the most popular choice, but a passage there was neither cheap nor easily suffered. Passengers arrived sick and poor, but those who made it intact often found land and more tolerant societies in which to live. These brave settlers formed the backbone of the burgeoning nations of Canada and the United States. It is only this century that the ancestors of these families have begun to recover their collective identity through the patriotic highland games and Clan societies that have sprung up throughout North America. Research into early immigration and passenger lists revealed many immigrants bearing the name Denny:

Denny Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • Mary Denny settled in Massachusetts in 1635
  • Edward Denny, who landed in New England in 1637
  • Jane Denny, who landed in Virginia in 1657
  • John Denny, who landed in Virginia in 1657
  • Adam Denny, who arrived in Virginia in 1657

Denny Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Nicholas Denny, who arrived in Virginia in 1701
  • Major Denny, who landed in New England in 1728
  • Mary Denny settled in Maryland in 1736
  • Joh Bernhart Denny, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1741
  • Mary Denny, who arrived in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1746

Denny Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Mr. Denny, who arrived in Mobile, Ala in 1822
  • Alex Denny, who landed in America in 1823
  • Christian Denny, who arrived in New Orleans, La in 1835
  • George Denny, who arrived in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1848
  • Catherine, Charles, Dennis, James, John, Mary, Robert, Thomas, and William Denny, all settled in Pennsylvania between 1796 and 1868

Denny Settlers in Canada in the 17th Century

  • Thomas Denny from Combs, Devon, England settled in Leicester, Massachusetts in 1646

Denny Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century

  • Charles Denny arrived in St. John aboard the ship "Protector" in 1834

Denny Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • Elizabeth Denny arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Glen Huntley" in 1849
  • D. Denny arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Psyche" in 1849
  • John Denny arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Mount Stuart Elphinstone" in 1851
  • Mary Denny, aged 48, a domestic servant, arrived in South Australia in 1855 aboard the ship "Norman"

Denny Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • Julia Denny, aged 16, a housemaid, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Salisbury" in 1874
  • Ellen Denny, aged 10, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Salisbury" in 1874


  • Martin Denny (1911-2005), American piano-player and composer
  • David Thomas Denny (1832-1903), American member of the Denny Party, generally credited as the founders of Seattle, Washington
  • William H. P. Denny (1811-1890), American newspaper editor and publisher
  • Martin Denny (1911-2005), American pianist and composer
  • John Allen Denny (b. 1952), former right-handed Major League Baseball pitcher
  • Jeremiah Dennis "Jerry" Denny (1859-1927), American Major League Baseball player
  • Harmar Denny (1794-1852), American politician, member of the U.S. House of Representatives from Pennsylvania from 1824 to 1829
  • Ebenezer Denny (1761-1822), American soldier in the American Revolutionary War, first Mayor of Pittsburgh, from 1816 to 1817
  • Arthur Armstrong Denny (1822-1899), American leader of the Denny Party who founded Seattle, Washington
  • Peter Denny (1821-1895), Scottish shipbuilder and shipowner based from Dumbarton, Scotland, founder of William Denny and Brothers Limited



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 Denny Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Denny 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 12 December 2014 at 10:55.

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