The Donnison surname is a patronymic
, created from the personal name
Dennis; thus the name originally meant "son of Dennis." Dennis comes ultimately from the Latin Dionysius.
Early Origins of the Donnison family
The surname Donnison was first found in Yorkshire
where the first record of the name was found in 1212. Richard Dionys of Yorkshire
, was listed in the Yorkshire Poll Tax
of 1379. CITATION[CLOSE]
Reaney, P.H and R.M. Wilson, A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X)
Some were found at the chapelry of Speeton in the East Riding of Yorkshire
. "This township, which belongs to W. J. Denison, Esq., comprises about 1820 acres of land, and commands a beautiful view of the shore from Scarborough to Flamborough Head: the village is situated on an eminence north-east of the road from Bridlington to Scarborough." CITATION[CLOSE]
Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.
However, there is much dispute over the origin of the name. Some claim the name was derived from the Scottish Dennistouns. CITATION[CLOSE]
Guppy, Henry Brougham, Homes of Family Names in Great Britain. 1890. Print.
Yet the author admits that that name was also found in Norfolk
in early times too. Thomas Denison, one of the Society of Merchant Adventurers, was buried in Leeds parish church in 1708.
Early History of the Donnison family
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Donnison Spelling Variations
Although Medieval Scotland
lacked a basic set of spelling rules, which meant that scribes recorded names according to their sounds it was not uncommon for the names of a father and son to be recorded differently. As a result, there are many spelling variations
of Scottish single names. Donnison has been written Dennison, Denison, Denson, Dennistoun, Dennistown, Dennisone and many more.
Early Notables of the Donnison family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Donnison family to Ireland
Some of the Donnison 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 Donnison family to the New World and Oceana
Thousands of Scots left their home country to travel to Ireland
, or to cross the Atlantic for the North American colonies. The difficult crossing was an enormous hurdle, but those who survived found freedom and opportunity in ample measure. Some Scots even fought for their freedom in the American War of Independence
. This century, their ancestors have become aware of the illustrious history of the Scots in North America and at home through Clan
societies and other organizations. Passenger and immigration lists show many early and influential immigrants bearing the name Donnison: Edward Denison, who settled in Virginia in 1623; Dannie Dennison, who was on record in New England
in 1626; William Denison, his wife Margaret, and their three sons, who settled in Massachusetts in 1631.
Contemporary Notables of the name Donnison (post 1700)
- Ella Louise Donnison (b. 1975), English former captain and wicket-keeper for the England women's cricket team from Nottingham
The Donnison 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: Adversa virtute repello
Motto Translation: I repel adversity by virtue.