The name Dinniston was first used in the ancient Scottish kingdom of Dalriada. It indicates that the first bearer lived near a place named Danzielstoun, in Scotland
. Thus Dinniston 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 Dinniston family
The surname Dinniston 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 Dinniston family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Dinniston research.Another 181 words (13 lines of text) covering the years 1296, 1694 and are included under the topic Early Dinniston History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Dinniston 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, Dinniston has been spelled Denison, Denniston, Dennistoun, Deniston, Denistoun, Dinniston, Dinnistoun and many more.
Early Notables of the Dinniston family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Dinniston family to Ireland
Some of the Dinniston 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 Dinniston family to the New World and Oceana
Many of the ancestors of Dalriadan families who arrived in North America still live in communities along the east coast of Canada and the United States. In the American War of Independence
many of the original settlers traveled north to Canada as United Empire Loyalists. In the late 19th and early 20th centuries the ancestors of many Scots began recovering their collective national heritage through Clan
societies, highland games, and other patriotic events. Research into the origins of individual families in North America revealed records of the immigration of a number of people bearing the name Dinniston or a variant listed above: Sam Denniston who settled in New York in 1774; and John Denniston, who arrived in Philadelphia in 1802.