The name Denslay arrived in England
after the Norman Conquest
of 1066. The Denslay family lived in Wiltshire
. The family was originally from Anizy, in Calvados, Normandy
, and it is from this location that their surname derives. The name would have stood D'Anizy, which means from Anizy. CITATION[CLOSE]
Lowe, Mark Anthony, Patronymica Britannica, A Dictionary of Family Names of the United Kingdom. London: John Russel Smith, 1860. Print.
Early Origins of the Denslay family
The surname Denslay was first found in Wiltshire
where Richard de Dauntesye was one of the first records of the name as listed in the Hundredorum Rolls
of 1273. The same rolls listed Peter de Dauntesy in Berkshire. CITATION[CLOSE]
Bardsley, C.W, A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6)
West Lavington in Wiltshire
"was for many generations the property of the Dauntsey family, of whom William Dauntsey, a younger son, was alderman of London in 1542." CITATION[CLOSE]
Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.
He would later found and endow an almshouse, and a grammar school there. The church contains the sepulchral chapel of the Dauntsey family. Through marriage the property passed to the Danvers family.
Early History of the Denslay family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Denslay research.Another 156 words (11 lines of text) covering the years 1242, 1348, 1349, 1632 and 1542 are included under the topic Early Denslay History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Denslay 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 Dancey, Dauncy, Dauncey, Dauntsey, Dance, Dancie, Dauncie, Dauntsie and many more.
Early Notables of the Denslay family (pre 1700)
Migration of the Denslay family to Ireland
Some of the Denslay family moved to Ireland
, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. More information about their life in Ireland
is included in all our PDF Extended History products
and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Denslay 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 Denslay or a variant listed above: John Dancy who settled in Virginia in 1621; and later Henry Dancey who settled in the same colony in 1697; Gilbert Dance settled in New Orleans in 1822..