The forbears of the name Diniston are thought to be of the ancient Scottish kingdom of Dalriada. The name indicates that the first bearer lived near a place named Danzielstoun, in Scotland
. Thus Diniston is a local
surname, which belongs to a category of hereditary surnames
derived from pre-existing names for towns, villages, parishes, or farmsteads.
Early Origins of the Diniston family
The surname Diniston was first found in Renfrewshire
, at Danzielstoun, in the parish of Kilmalcolm. "The manor took its name from some man named Daniel, and it bore this name as early as the reign of Malcolm IV", CITATION[CLOSE]
Black, George F., The Surnames of Scotland Their Origin, Meaning and History. New York: New York Public Library, 1946. Print. (ISBN 0-87104-172-3)
who died in 1165. It is generally thought that the town was founded about 1060.
Early History of the Diniston family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Diniston research.Another 181 words (13 lines of text) covering the years 1296, 1694 and are included under the topic Early Diniston History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Diniston Spelling Variations
Medieval spelling was at best an intuitive process, and translation between Gaelic and English was no more effective. These factors caused an enormous number of spelling variations
in Dalriadan names. In fact, it was not uncommon to see a father and son who spelled their name differently. Over the years, Diniston has been spelled Denison, Denniston, Dennistoun, Deniston, Denistoun, Dinniston, Dinnistoun and many more.
Early Notables of the Diniston family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Diniston family to Ireland
Some of the Diniston family moved to Ireland
, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.Another 103 words (7 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 Diniston family to the New World and Oceana
Many settled along the east coast of what would become the United States and Canada. As the American War of Independence
broke out, those who remained loyal to the crown went north to Canada as United Empire Loyalists. The ancestors of all of these hardy Dalriadan-Scottish settlers began to recover their collective history in the 20th century with the advent of the vibrant culture fostered by highland games and Clan
societies in North America. Highland games, clan societies, and other organizations generated much renewed interest in Scottish heritage in the 20th century. The Diniston were among the earliest of the Scottish settlers as immigration passenger lists have shown: Sam Denniston who settled in New York in 1774; and John Denniston, who arrived in Philadelphia in 1802.