Dentay History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms
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The ancient roots of the Dentay family name are in the Anglo-Saxon culture. The name Dentay comes from when the family lived in Daventry, a town in Northants (now Northampton). The place-name was rendered as Daventrei in the Domesday Book,  a census and survey taken by William the Conqueror in 1086. The place-name Daventry is derived from the Old English personal name Dafa, and means "tree of a man called Dafa, Dafa's tree." It is interesting to note that the pronunciation of the placename Daventry is not as it would appear. Locals pronounce Daventry as Daintree, giving rise to the many variations of this name that are found. Another source has a different understanding about the origin of the place name. "The British name of this place, Dwy-Avon-Tre, 'the town of two Avons,' from which its present appellation is derived, originated in its situation between the source of the river Leam, which falls into the Western Avon, and the river Nene, anciently styled the Aufona. " 
Early Origins of the Dentay family
The surname Dentay was first found in Northampton at Daventry, a market-town, a parish, and the head of a union, in the hundred of Fawsley.
Early History of the Dentay family
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Dentay Spelling Variations
One relatively recent invention that did much to standardize English spelling was the printing press. However, before its invention even the most literate people recorded their names according to sound rather than spelling. The spelling variations under which the name Dentay has appeared include Daventry, Daintry, Dainty, Dantry, Dantye and others.
Early Notables of the Dentay family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Dentay family
At this time, the shores of the New World beckoned many English families that felt that the social climate in England was oppressive and lacked opportunity for change. Thousands left England at great expense in ships that were overcrowded and full of disease. A great portion of these settlers never survived the journey and even a greater number arrived sick, starving, and without a penny. The survivors, however, were often greeted with greater opportunity than they could have experienced back home. These English settlers made significant contributions to those colonies that would eventually become the United States and Canada. An examination of early immigration records and passenger ship lists revealed that people bearing the name Dentay arrived in North America very early: William Daintry who settled in New England in 1695; Henry Dainty settled in Barbados in 1640; Katherine Daintye settled in Maryland in 1685.
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- ^ Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds., Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8)
- ^ Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.