The ancestors of the Disnie family brought their name to England
in the wave of migration after the Norman Conquest
of 1066. They lived in Lincolnshire
. This family was originally from Isigny, in Calvados, Normandy
, and it is from the local
form of this place-name, D'Isigny, literally translating as from Isigny,
that their surname derives. CITATION[CLOSE]
The Norman People and Their Existing Descendants in the British Dominions and the United States Of America. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1975. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0636-X)
Early Origins of the Disnie family
The surname Disnie was first found in Lincolnshire
where they "settled for many years at Norton D'Isney" CITATION[CLOSE]
Shirley, Evelyn Philip, The Noble and Gentle Men of England; The Arms and Descents. Westminster: John Bower Nichols and Sons, 1866, Print.
Now named Norton Disney, the small village and civil parish is on the western boundary of the North Kesteven district of Lincolnshire
. The first reference of the place name was found in 1331 as Norton Isny and was held by the de Isney family since the 12th century. CITATION[CLOSE]
Mills, A.D., Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4)
Early History of the Disnie family
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Disnie 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 Disnie were recorded, including Disney, Deisney, D'Isney and others.
Early Notables of the Disnie family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Disnie 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 Disnie arrived in North America very early: William Disney who settled in Maryland in 1740.
The Disnie Motto
The motto was originally a war cry or slogan. Mottoes first began to be shown with arms in the 14th and 15th centuries, but were not in general use until the 17th century. Thus the oldest coats of arms generally do not include a motto. Mottoes seldom form part of the grant of arms: Under most heraldic authorities, a motto is an optional component of the coat of arms, and can be added to or changed at will; many families have chosen not to display a motto.
Motto: Vincit qui patitur
Motto Translation: He conquers who endures.