The history of the Deyan family name begins after the Norman Conquest
of 1066. They lived in Sussex
. The name, however, derives from the family's place of residence prior to the Norman Conquest
in 1066, Dives,
Early Origins of the Deyan family
The surname Deyan was first found in Sussex
where they held a family seat
from very early times and were granted lands by Duke William of Normandy
, their liege Lord, for their distinguished assistance at the Battle of Hastings in 1066 A.D.
Early History of the Deyan family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Deyan research.Another 141 words (10 lines of text) covering the years 1352, 1412, 1413, 1377, 1397, 1383, 1414, 1383 and 1414 are included under the topic Early Deyan History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Deyan Spelling Variations
Anglo-Norman names are characterized by a multitude of spelling variations
. When the Normans
became the ruling people of England
in the 11th century, they introduced a new language into a society where the main languages of Old and later Middle English had no definite spelling rules. These languages were more often spoken than written, so they blended freely with one another. Contributing to this mixing of tongues was the fact that medieval scribes spelled words according to sound, ensuring that a person's name would appear differently in nearly every document in which it was recorded. The name has been spelled Dyne, Dine, Dives, Dynne, Dinne, Dyves, Dyon and others.
Early Notables of the Deyan family (pre 1700)
Outstanding amongst the family at this time was Nicholas Dyne ( fl.
1352) of East Grinstead; John Dyne I (died 1412/1413), who owned land in the Kentish hundreds of Hayne, an English... Another 30 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Deyan Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Deyan family to the New World and Oceana
For many English families, the political and religious disarray that plagued their homeland made the frontiers of the New World an attractive prospect. Thousands migrated, aboard cramped disease-ridden ships. They arrived sick, poor, and hungry, but were welcomed in many cases with far greater opportunity than at home in England
. Many of these hardy settlers went on to make important contributions to the emerging nations in which they landed. Among early immigrants bearing the name Deyan or a variant listed above were: George and Thomas Dine arrived in Philadelphia in 1836; William Dyon settled in Virginia in 1649.