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

First found in Northumberland where they the first record of the name was a considerable time before the Norman Conquest when Aelfweard Denton held manor and lands in that county. However, they are also traditionally understood to be a branch of the Barons of Tatershall, descended from Eudo, a companion of the Conqueror. [1] Denton Hall, located in Denton, a hamlet and civil parish in the Harrogate district of North Yorkshire is home to "a large colony" [2] 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. [3]


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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.

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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


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


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

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


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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  • 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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  1. ^ 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)
  2. ^ Bardsley, C.W, A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6)
  3. ^ Mills, A.D., Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4)

Other References

  1. Marcharn, Frederick George. A Constitutional History of Modern England 1485 to the Present. London: Harper and Brothers, 1960. Print.
  2. MacAulay, Thomas Babington. History of England from the Accession of James the Second 4 volumes. New York: Harper and Brothers, 1879. Print.
  3. Foster, Joseph. Dictionary of Heraldry Feudal Coats of Arms and Pedigrees. London: Bracken Books, 1989. Print. (ISBN 1-85170-309-8).
  4. Crozier, William Armstrong Edition. Crozier's General Armory A Registry of American Families Entitled to Coat Armor. New York: Fox, Duffield, 1904. Print.
  5. Sanders, Joanne McRee Edition. English Settlers in Barbados 1637-1800. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  6. Browning, Charles H. Americans of Royal Descent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  7. Le Patourel, John. The Norman Empire. New York: Oxford University Press, 1976. Print. (ISBN 0-19-822525-3).
  8. Filby, P. William and Mary K Meyer. Passenger and Immigration Lists Index in Four Volumes. Detroit: Gale Research, 1985. Print. (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8).
  9. Hitching, F.K and S. Hitching. References to English Surnames in 1601-1602. Walton On Thames: 1910. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0181-3).
  10. Thirsk, Joan. The Agrarian History of England and Wales. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press: 7 Volumes. Print.
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