Dentt is a name of ancient Anglo-Saxon
origin and comes from the family once having lived in the places named Dent in Cumberland
and West Yorkshire
. Dentt is a local
surname, which belongs to the category of hereditary surnames
. There are a variety of types of local surnames, some of which include: topographic
surnames, which could be given to a person who lived beside any physical feature, such as a hill, stream, church or type of tree. Habitation
names form the other broad category of surnames that were derived from place-names. They were derived from pre-existing names for towns, villages, parishes, or farmsteads. Other local names are derived from the names of houses, manors, estates, regions, and entire counties. The surname Dentt comes from a British hill name, which is cognate with the Old Irish words dinn
which mean hill.
The earliest records of the surname Dentt found bearers of the name to be in Yorkshire
, on the border of Westmorland
(now part of Cumbria).
Early Origins of the Dentt family
The surname Dentt was first found in West Riding of Yorkshire
(now Cumbria) at Dent, a village and civil parish in the parish of Sedbergh, in Dentdale, a narrow valley on the western slopes of the Pennines. The origin of the place name is uncertain; it may have been a river name, but was first recorded as Denet c. 1202. CITATION[CLOSE]
Mills, A.D., Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4)
Early History of the Dentt family
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Dentt Spelling Variations
Sound was what guided spelling in the essentially pre-literate Middle Ages, so one person's name was often recorded under several variations during a single lifetime. Also, before the advent of the printing press and the first dictionaries, the English language was not standardized. Therefore, spelling variations
were common, even among the names of the most literate people. Known variations of the Dentt family name include Dent, Dente, Dentt, Dentte and others.
Early Notables of the Dentt family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Dentt family to the New World and Oceana
For political, religious, and economic reasons, thousands of English families boarded ships for Ireland
, Canada, the America colonies, and many of smaller tropical colonies in the hope of finding better lives abroad. Although the passage on the cramped, dank ships caused many to arrive in the New World diseased and starving, those families that survived the trip often went on to make valuable contributions to those new societies to which they arrived. Early immigrants bearing the Dentt surname or a spelling variation of the name include: Rich and Jo Dent who were banished to Barbados in 1635; and later transferred to the mainland. Eliza Dent settled in Virginia in 1643; Francis Dent settled in Salem Massachusetts in 1630.
The Dentt 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: Concordia et industria
Motto Translation: By concord and industry.