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

The Denson surname is a patronymic, created from the personal name Dennis; thus the name originally meant "son of Dennis." Dennis comes ultimately from the Latin Dionysius.


Repeated and inaccurate translation of Scottish names from Gaelic to English and back resulted in a wide variety of spelling variations with single names. Denson has appeared Dennison, Denison, Denson, Dennistoun, Dennistown, Dennisone and many more.

First found in County of Yorkshire in 1212. Richard Dionys of Yorkshire, was listed in the Yorkshire Poll Tax of 1379.


This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Denson research. Another 186 words(13 lines of text) covering the years 1275, 1381, 1694, 1714, and 1782 are included under the topic Early Denson History in all our PDF Extended History products.


Another 24 words(2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Denson Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.


Some of the Denson family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 128 words(9 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products.


Many Scottish families suffered enormous hardships and were compelled to leave their country of birth. They traveled to Ireland and Australia, but mostly to the colonies of North America, where many found the freedom and opportunity they sought. It was not without a fight, though, as many were forced to stand up and defend their freedom in the American War of Independence. The ancestors of these Scots abroad have rediscovered their heritage in the last century through the Clan societies and other organizations that have sprung up across North America. Immigration and passenger ship lists show some important early immigrants bearing the name Denson:

Denson Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • William Denson, who arrived in Virginia in 1637
  • Roland Denson, who arrived in Virginia in the year 1645
  • Row Denson, who landed in Virginia in 1663
  • James Denson, who arrived in Maryland in 1677

Denson Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century

  • Henry Dennie Denson, who arrived in Nova Scotia in 1760
  • Henry Maturin Denson, who landed in Nova Scotia in 1760
  • John Denson, who landed in Nova Scotia in 1760
  • Lucy Denson, who arrived in Nova Scotia in 1760

Denson Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • Michael Denson, English convict from Middlesex, who was transported aboard the "Asia" on October 22nd, 1824, settling in New South Wales, Australia
  • Sarah A. Denson, aged 17, a servant, arrived in South Australia in 1855 aboard the ship "Telegraph"


  • Brigadier-General Eley Parker Denson (1884-1970), American Commanding Officer Seattle Port of Embarkation (1941-1946)
  • Alfred Freddie "Al" Denson (b. 1942), former American football wide receiver
  • Willie Denson (1936-2006), American singer and songwriter
  • Moses Denson (b. 1944), former American football running back
  • G. Roger Denson (b. 1956), American art critic, theoretician, novelist, and curator
  • Damon Michael Denson (b. 1975), preacher, motivational speaker, writer and former American football guard
  • Beasley Denson, the current Tribal Chief of the Mississippi Band of Choctaw Indians
  • Andrew Denson (1965-2014), retired American Major League Baseball first baseman
  • Abby Denson, American artist, comic s creator, illustrator and musician
  • Autry Denson (b. 1976), former professional American football player



  • The Denson Family of Houston and Anderson Counties, Texas by Lucile De Berry McCutcheon.
  • Jordan Denson (?-1806), Some of His Ancestors and Descendants and Beechwo.
  • , Denson-Pretlow-Darden Ancestral Home, Southampton County, Virginia by Peggy S. Joyner.

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: Adversa virtute repello
Motto Translation: I repel adversity by virtue.


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  11. ...

The Denson Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Denson 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 11 February 2015 at 21:02.

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