The rugged west coast of Scotland
and the desolate Hebrides
islands are the ancestral home of the Dinnison family. Their name indicates that the original bearer lived near a place named Danzielstoun, in Scotland
. Thus Dinnison 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 Dinnison family
The surname Dinnison 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 Dinnison family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Dinnison research.Another 181 words (13 lines of text) covering the years 1296, 1694 and are included under the topic Early Dinnison History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Dinnison Spelling Variations
Spelling and translation were not standardized practices until the last few centuries. Spelling variations
are extremely common among early Scottish names. Dinnison has been spelled Denison, Denniston, Dennistoun, Deniston, Denistoun, Dinniston, Dinnistoun and many more.
Early Notables of the Dinnison family (pre 1700)
More information is included under the topic Early Dinnison Notables in all our PDF Extended History products
and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Dinnison family to Ireland
Some of the Dinnison 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 Dinnison family to the New World and Oceana
The hardy Scots who made the crossing settled all along the east coast of North America and in the great west that was just then opening up. At the time of the American War of Independence
, many United Empire Loyalists moved north from the American colonies to Canada. Scottish national heritage became better known in North America in the 20th century through highland games and other patriotic events. An examination of immigration records and passenger ship lists revealed that people bearing the name Dinnison arrived in North America very early: Sam Denniston who settled in New York in 1774; and John Denniston, who arrived in Philadelphia in 1802.