When the ancestors of the Diness family emigrated to England
following the Norman Conquest
in 1066 they brought their family name with them. 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 Diness family
The surname Diness 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 Diness family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Diness 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 Diness History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Diness Spelling Variations
The English language only became standardized in the last few centuries. For that reason, spelling variations
are common among many Anglo-Norman names. The shape of the English language was frequently changed with the introduction of elements of Norman French, Latin, and other European languages; even the spelling of literate people's names were subsequently modified. Diness has been recorded under many different variations, including Dyne, Dine, Dives, Dynne, Dinne, Dyves, Dyon and others.
Early Notables of the Diness 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 Diness Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Diness family to the New World and Oceana
To escape the uncertainty of the political and religious uncertainty found in England
, many English families boarded ships at great expense to sail for the colonies held by Britain. The passages were expensive, though, and the boats were unsafe, overcrowded, and ridden with disease. Those who were hardy and lucky enough to make the passage intact were rewarded with land, opportunity, and social environment less prone to religious and political persecution. Many of these families went on to be important contributors to the young nations of Canada and the United States where they settled. Dinesss were some of the first of the immigrants to arrive in North America: George and Thomas Dine arrived in Philadelphia in 1836; William Dyon settled in Virginia in 1649.