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The Norman Conquest
of 1066 added many new elements to the already vibrant culture. Among these were thousands of new names. The Dennys name is derived 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 Dennys family
The surname Dennys 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 Dennys family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Dennys 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 Dennys History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Dennys Spelling Variations
A multitude of spelling variations
characterize Norman surnames. Many variations occurred because Old and Middle English lacked any definite spelling rules. The introduction of Norman French to England
also had a pronounced effect, as did the court languages of Latin and French. Therefore, one person was often referred to by several different spellings in a single lifetime. The various spellings include Dennis, Denis, Dennys, Dennyss, Denys, Denniss and many more.
Early Notables of the Dennys 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 Dennys Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Dennys family to Ireland
Some of the Dennys 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 Dennys family to the New World and Oceana
Many English families left England
, to avoid the chaos of their homeland and migrated to the many British colonies abroad. Although the conditions on the ships were extremely cramped, and some travelers arrived diseased, starving, and destitute, once in the colonies, many of the families prospered and made valuable contributions to the cultures of what would become the United States and Canada. Research into the origins of individual families in North America has revealed records of the immigration of a number of people bearing the name Dennys or a variant listed above: Thomas Dennis who settled in Boston in 1630. Edward Dennis settled there also about six years after. Danniel Dennis was banished to Barbados in 1635; Ann Dennis settled in Virginia in 1650.