The ancestors of the bearers of the Denty family name are thought have lived in ancient Anglo-Saxon England
. They were first found in Daventry, a town in Northants (now Northampton). The place-name was rendered as Daventrei in the Domesday Book, CITATION[CLOSE]
Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds., Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8)
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. " CITATION[CLOSE]
Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.
Early Origins of the Denty family
The surname Denty was first found in Northampton
at Daventry, a market-town, a parish, and the head of a union, in the hundred
Early History of the Denty family
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Denty Spelling Variations
Until quite recently, the English language has lacked a definite system of spelling rules. Consequently, Anglo-Saxon
surnames are characterized by a multitude of spelling variations
. Changes in Anglo-Saxon
names were influenced by the evolution of the English language, as it incorporated elements of French, Latin, and other languages. Although Medieval scribes and church officials recorded names as they sounded, so it is common to find one person referred to by several different spellings of his surname, even the most literate people varied the spelling of their own names. Variations of the name Denty include Daventry, Daintry, Dainty, Dantry, Dantye and others.
Early Notables of the Denty family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Denty family to the New World and Oceana
Some of the first settlers of this family name were:
Denty Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
- Elizabeth Denty, aged 21, a servant, who arrived in South Australia in 1855 aboard the ship "Coromandel" CITATION[CLOSE]
South Australian Register Tuesday 9th January 1855. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) Coromandel 1855. Retrieved http://www.theshipslist.com/ships/australia/coromandel1855.shtml