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The surname Denton was first found in Northumberland where they the first record of the name was a considerable time before the Norman Conquest when Aelfweard Dentune held manor and lands in that county in 972. [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
Reaney, P.H and R.M. Wilson, A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X)
However, they are also traditionally understood to be a branch of the Barons of Tatershall, descended from Eudo, a companion of the Conqueror. [2]CITATION[CLOSE]
The Norman People and Their Existing Descendants in the British Dominions and the United States Of America. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1975. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0636-X)

Continuing this line, Linmouth in Northumberland was an ancient family seat. "This township, which comprises about 300 acres, derives its name from its situation near the influx of the river Line into the ocean. In 1240, John, son of Robert Rue, held the place by military service; and in the 11th of Edward III. the Countess of Pembroke conveyed it to John de Denton, burgess of Newcastle." [3]CITATION[CLOSE]
Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.

Denton Hall, located in Denton, a hamlet and civil parish in the Harrogate district of North Yorkshire is home to "a large colony" [4]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)
of the name. The name Denton literally means "farmstead or village in a valley" derived from the Old English "denu" + "tun." Accordingly, there are many listings in the Domesday Book of the name with various spellings including Dentone, Denetun, Danetone, Dentuna, Dentun and Dodintone. [5]CITATION[CLOSE]
Mills, A.D., Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4)

Further to the north in Scotland, the family claim descent from "the old barony of Denton in Dumfriesshire. Alan de Denton was juror on an inquest held at Gerwan (Girvan) in 1260. In 1329, Elizabet de Denton received a legacy from the crown. [6]CITATION[CLOSE]
Black, George F., The Surnames of Scotland Their Origin, Meaning and History. New York: New York Public Library, 1946. Print. (ISBN 0-87104-172-3)

Spelling variations of this family name include: Denton, Dennton, Dentone, Dentonn, Dentowne, Dentown, Dentoun, Denntoun, Danton, Dannton and many more.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Denton research. Another 161 words (12 lines of text) covering the years 1066, 1407, 1414, 1515, 1558, 1536, 1558, 1536, 1539, 1547, 1554, 1554, 1558, 1633, 1604, 1622, 1626, 1703 and 1670 are included under the topic Early Denton History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Notable amongst the family name during their early history was Sir Richard Denton; Thomas Denton, English Member of Parliament for Leicester in 1407 and 1414; Thomas Denton (before 1515-1558), an English lawyer and politician, a Member of Parliament from 1536 until his death in 1558, who served as a politician for...

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Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Denton Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • Richard Denton, who landed in Boston, Massachusetts in 1630
  • Jacob Denton who settled in Virginia in the year 1633
  • Richard Denton settled in Connecticut in 1635
  • Jacob Denton, aged 20, arrived in Virginia in 1635
  • Henrick Denton, who landed in Virginia in 1658
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Denton Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Trephana Denton, who landed in Virginia in 1719

Denton Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Gideon Denton, who arrived in America in 1805
  • Charles Denton, aged 34, arrived in New York in 1812
  • Mr. Denton, who arrived in Mobile, Ala in 1821
  • Christino Denton, who landed in San Francisco, California in 1850
  • J Denton, who arrived in San Francisco, California in 1850
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Denton Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century

  • Simon Denton, who arrived in Nova Scotia in 1749
  • Eliza Denton, who arrived in Nova Scotia in 1750
  • Mary Denton, who arrived in Nova Scotia in 1750
  • Simion Denton, who landed in Nova Scotia in 1750
  • Mr. Joseph Denton U.E. who settled in Canada c. 1784 [7]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Rubincam, Milton. The Old United Empire Loyalists List. Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc, 1976. (Originally published as; United Empire Loyalists. The Centennial of the Settlement of Upper Canada. Rose Publishing Company, 1885.) ISBN 0-8063-0331-X

Denton Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • Thomas Denton, English convict from Huntingdon, who was transported aboard the "Ann" on August 1809, settling in New South Wales, Australia
  • George Denton, English convict from Northampton, who was transported aboard the "Andromeda" on November 13, 1832, settling in New South Wales, Australia
  • George Denton arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Fairlee" in 1840
  • Mary Ann Denton arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Fairlee" in 1840
  • Henry Paul Denton arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Siam" in 1841
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Denton Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • John Denton, aged 26, a railway labourer, arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Reiherstieg" in 1864
  • John H. Denton, aged 25, a railway foreman, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Howrah" in 1874
  • Annie Denton, aged 35, a cook, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Hermione" in 1878
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  • Winfield Kirkpatrick Denton (1896-1971), American Democrat politician, Member of Indiana State House of Representatives, 1939-42; U.S. Representative from Indiana, 1949-53, 1955-67; Defeated, 1946, 1952
  • Vachel Denton, American politician, Mayor of Annapolis, Maryland, 1722-26, 1727-45
  • Samuel Denton, American politician, Member of South Dakota State House of Representatives 32nd District, 1897-98
  • Samuel Denton (1803-1860), American politician, Member of University of Michigan Board of Regents, 1837-40; Member of Michigan State Senate 2nd District, 1845-48
  • Partee Denton, American Democrat politician, Alternate Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Mississippi, 1948
  • Phil Denton, American Democrat politician, Candidate for U.S. Representative from Florida 6th District, 1992
  • O. A. Denton, American Democrat politician, Alternate Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Kentucky, 1960
  • Lester Denton, American Democrat politician, Alternate Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Tennessee, 1944
  • Kenneth Michael Denton (b. 1958), American Republican politician, Delegate to Republican National Convention from Virginia, 2004
  • Julie Denton (b. 1960), American Republican politician, Member of Kentucky State Senate 36th District, 1995-
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Denton Historic Events



RMS Lusitania

  • Mr. Jonathan S. Denton, English Barber from New Ferry, England, who worked aboard the RMS Lusitania and survived the sinking
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  • The Plum(ly, lee, blee) Family From Bucks to Buncombe, 1682-1982, and Allied Lines: Denton, Murray, Fletcher, Johnson, Gullick, Ballenger by Millard Quentin Plumblee.
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Citations



  1. ^ Reaney, P.H and R.M. Wilson, A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X)
  2. ^ The Norman People and Their Existing Descendants in the British Dominions and the United States Of America. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1975. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0636-X)
  3. ^ Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.
  4. ^ Bardsley, C.W, A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6)
  5. ^ Mills, A.D., Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4)
  6. ^ Black, George F., The Surnames of Scotland Their Origin, Meaning and History. New York: New York Public Library, 1946. Print. (ISBN 0-87104-172-3)
  7. ^ Rubincam, Milton. The Old United Empire Loyalists List. Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc, 1976. (Originally published as; United Empire Loyalists. The Centennial of the Settlement of Upper Canada. Rose Publishing Company, 1885.) ISBN 0-8063-0331-X

Other References

  1. Thirsk, Joan. The Agrarian History of England and Wales. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press: 7 Volumes. Print.
  2. Sanders, Joanne McRee Edition. English Settlers in Barbados 1637-1800. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  3. Bolton, Charles Knowles. Bolton's American Armory. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1964. Print.
  4. The Norman People and Their Existing Descendants in the British Dominions and the United States Of America. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1975. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0636-X).
  5. Papworth, J.W and A.W Morant. Ordinary of British Armorials. London: T.Richards, 1874. Print.
  6. Samuelsen, W. David. New York City Passenger List Manifests Index 1820 - 1824. North Salt Lake, Utah: Accelerated Indexing Systems International, 1986. Print.
  7. Bullock, L.G. Historical Map of England and Wales. Edinburgh: Bartholomew and Son, 1971. Print.
  8. Burke, Sir Bernard. Genealogical and Heraldic History of the Peerage and Baronetage, The Privy Council, Knightage and Compainonage. London: Burke Publishing, 1921. Print.
  9. Chadwick, Nora Kershaw and J.X.W.P Corcoran. The Celts. London: Penguin, 1790. Print. (ISBN 0140212116).
  10. Fairbairn. Fairbain's book of Crests of the Families of Great Britain and Ireland, 4th Edition 2 volumes in one. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1968. Print.
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