Densum is a name of ancient Anglo-Saxon
origin and comes from a family once having lived in an area where there was a valley. The place-name is derived from the Old English word denu,
when translated means valley.
This Old English word has also given rise to other local
names such as West Dean in Sussex
, Deane in Hampshire
and Dean in Essex.
Early Origins of the Densum family
The surname Densum was first found in Sussex
where the first record was of Ralph Dene holding manor and estates in that shire.
Early History of the Densum family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Densum research.Another 215 words (15 lines of text) covering the years 1350, 1400, 1588, 1628, 1899, 1440, 1503, 1491, 1496, 1501, 1503, 1500, 1502, 1610, 1653, 1638, 1721, 1676, 1708 and are included under the topic Early Densum History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Densum Spelling Variations
The English language only became standardized in the last few centuries; therefore, spelling variations
are common among early Anglo-Saxon
names. As the form of the English language changed, even the spelling of literate people's names evolved. Densum has been recorded under many different variations, including Dean, Deane, Dene, Deans, Deanes, Denes, Adeane and others.
Early Notables of the Densum family (pre 1700)
Distinguished members of the family include Henry Deane (c.1440-1503), Lord Chancellor of Ireland
from 1491 to 1496, Archbishop of Canterbury from 1501 to 1503 and Lord Keeper of the Great Seal from 1500 to 1502; Richard Deane (1610-1653), a British... Another 39 words (3 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Densum Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Densum family to Ireland
Some of the Densum family moved to Ireland
, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.Another 152 words (11 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 Densum family to the New World and Oceana
For many English families, the political and religious disarray that shrouded England
made the far away New World an attractive prospect. On cramped disease-ridden ships, thousands migrated to those British colonies that would eventually become Canada and the United States. Those hardy settlers that survived the journey often went on to make important contributions to the emerging nations in which they landed. Analysis of immigration records indicates that some of the first North American immigrants bore the name Densum or a variant listed above: Stephen Deane who arrived on the 'Fortune', just one year after the arrival of the "Mayflower" in 1621. He built the first corn mill in New England
. John Deane, his brother Walter and their wives arrived in New England
The Densum Motto
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: Forti et fideli nihil difficile
Motto Translation: To the brave and faithful man nothing is difficult.