Origins Available: English
The name Dinis was brought to England
in the wave of migration that followed the Norman Conquest
of 1066. Dinis is based on the medieval given name, Dennis,
which comes from the Greek name Dionysios,
which means a follower of the god Dionysius.
Early Origins of the Dinis family
The surname Dinis was first found in Lancashire
. Conjecturally, the name came to us from Normandy
, from the patron saint of France, St. Denis. CITATION[CLOSE]
Lowe, Mark Anthony, Patronymica Britannica, A Dictionary of Family Names of the United Kingdom. London: John Russel Smith, 1860. Print.
He was Bishop of Parisii (Paris), but was martyred in the Decian persecution of Christians, shortly after 250 AD. Apparently, after he was beheaded by a sword, he picked it up and walked ten kilometers (six miles), preaching a sermon the entire way. After the Norman Conquest
at the Battle of Hastings in 1066 A.D., the family were granted extensive lands in Lancashire
Early History of the Dinis family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Dinis research.Another 197 words (14 lines of text) covering the years 1273, 1379, 1500, 1546, 1498, 1477, 1561, 1507, 1554, 1592, 1555, 1591, 1609, 1606, 1660, 1616, 1692, 1660, 1679, 1628, 1693, 1656, 1657, 1734 and 1700 are included under the topic Early Dinis History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Dinis Spelling Variations
Before the last few hundred
years the English language had no fixed system of spelling rules. For that reason, spelling variations
occurred commonly in Anglo Norman surnames. Over the years, many variations of the name Dinis were recorded, including Dennis, Denis, Dennys, Dennyss, Denys, Denniss and many more.
Early Notables of the Dinis family (pre 1700)
Outstanding amongst the family at this time was Sir Thomas Denys (d.1498) of Holcombe Burnell; and his son, Sir Thomas Denys (c.1477-1561), English politician and landholder of estates in Devon
at the Dissolution of the Monasteries, nine-time Sheriff of Devon
between 1507 and 1554, and Member of Parliament for Devon; and... Another 104 words (7 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Dinis Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Dinis family to Ireland
Some of the Dinis family moved to Ireland
, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.Another 75 words (5 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Dinis family to the New World and Oceana
The unstable environment in England
at this time caused numerous families to board ships and leave in search of opportunity and freedom from persecution abroad in places like Ireland
, and particularly the New World. The voyage was extremely difficult, however, and only taken at great expense. The cramped conditions and unsanitary nature of the vessels caused many to arrive diseased and starving, not to mention destitute from the enormous cost. Still opportunity in the emerging nations of Canada and the United States was far greater than at home and many went on to make important contributions to the cultures of their adopted countries. An examination of many early immigration records reveals that people bearing the name Dinis arrived in North America very early: Thomas Dennis who settled in Boston in 1630. Edward Dennis settled there also about six years after. Danniel Dennis was banished to Barbados in 1635; Ann Dennis settled in Virginia in 1650.
Contemporary Notables of the name Dinis (post 1700)
- Edmund Dinis (1924-2010), American politician and prosecutor, Southern District Attorney, Massachusetts (1960-1971)
- Edmund Dinis, American Democrat politician, Member of Massachusetts State House of Representatives; Member of Massachusetts State Senate CITATION[CLOSE]
The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, December 11) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html
- Alfredo Dinis (1917-1945), Portuguese anti-fascist
- Antônio Lino da Silva Dinis (1943-2013), Portuguese-born Brazilian Roman Catholic bishop
- Joaquim António Dinis (b. 1947), former Angolan-Portuguese footballer
- Carlos Dinis, Angolan silver and bronze medalist basketball head coach
- Dinis Martins Vital (b. 1932), former Portuguese footballer