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The surname is one of the oldest family names to came from that French region known as Brittany
. It is derived from the Greek given name Dionysios, which means a follower of the Greek god of the same name. Much of the popularity of the name Denys is due to the fact that it was borne by the 3rd century Bishop of Paris who later became the patron saint of France.
Early Origins of the Denys family
The surname Denys was first found in Champagne
, where this illustrious family held a family seat
since ancient times.
Early History of the Denys family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Denys research.Another 461 words (33 lines of text) covering the years 1340, 1360, 1404, 1294, 1384, 1390, 1448, 1438, 1700, 1700, 1610, 1670, 1644, 1708, 1598, 1688, 1643, 1704, 1659, 1711, 1715 and 1706 are included under the topic Early Denys History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Denys Spelling Variations
Throughout the course of history most surnames have undergone changes for many reasons. During the early development of the French language, a son and father may not have chosen to spell their name the same way. Many are simple spelling changes by a person who gave his name, phonetically, to a scribe, priest, or recorder. Many names held prefixes or suffixes which became optional as they passed through the centuries, or were adopted by different branches to signify either a political or religious adherence. Hence, we have many spelling variations
of this name, Denys some of which are Denis, Dennis, Denys, Dennys, Denice, Denise, Deniset, Deniseau, Denison, Denisard, Denizot, Denizon and many more.
Early Notables of the Denys family (pre 1700)
Notable amongst the family during this period was Claude Denis, Lord of la Cornillere, during the 1700's; Frans Denys (c.
1610-1670), a Flemish
Baroque painter mainly of portraits; Jacob Denys (1644-1708) was a Flemish
Baroque painter; Nicolas Denys (1598?-1688), a French aristocrat who became an explorer, colonizer, soldier and leader in... Another 63 words (4 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Denys Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Denys family to the New World and Oceana
In 1643, 109 years after the first landings by Cartier, there were only about 300 people in Quebec, in 1663 there were only 500, 2,000 migrants arrived during the next decade. Early marriage was desperately encouraged amongst the immigrants. Youths of 18 took fourteen-year-old girls for their wives. The fur trade was developed and attracted migrants, both noble and commoner from France. 15,000 explorers left Montreal in the late 17th and 18th centuries. Migration from France to New France or Quebec as it was now more popularly called, continued from France until it fell in 1759. By 1675, there were 7000 French in Quebec. By the same year the Acadian presence in Nova Scotia, New Brunswick and Prince Edward Island had reached 500. In 1755, 10,000 French Acadians refused to take an oath of allegiance to England
and were deported to Louisiana. Meanwhile, in Quebec, the French race flourished, founding in Lower Canada, one of the two great solitudes which became Canada. Many distinguished contributions have been made by members of this family name Denys. It has been prominent in the arts, religion, politics and culture in France and New France. Amongst the settlers in North America with this distinguished name Denys were
Denys Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
- Margaritje Denys, who arrived in America in 1649 CITATION[CLOSE]
Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
Denys Settlers in Canada in the 17th Century
- Antoine Denys, who landed in Canada in 1642
Contemporary Notables of the name Denys (post 1700)
- Pierre Denys, contemporary French physician who co-discovered Denys-Drash syndrome
- André C. Denys (1948-2013), Belgian politician, Governor of the province East Flanders from 2004 to 2013