Donnison History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms
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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.  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."  However, there is much dispute over the origin of the name. Some claim the name was derived from the Scottish Dennistouns.  Yet the author admits that that name was also found in Norfolk and Suffolk in early times too. Thomas Denison, one of the Society of Merchant Adventurers, was buried in Leeds parish church in 1708.
Important Dates for 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.
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Donnison migration to New Zealand
Emigration to New Zealand followed in the footsteps of the European explorers, such as Captain Cook (1769-70): first came sealers, whalers, missionaries, and traders. By 1838, the British New Zealand Company had begun buying land from the Maori tribes, and selling it to settlers, and, after the Treaty of Waitangi in 1840, many British families set out on the arduous six month journey from Britain to Aotearoa to start a new life. Early immigrants include:
Donnison Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
- Mr. John Donnison, British settler travelling from London aboard the ship "Maori" arriving in Auckland, New Zealand on 3rd November 1859 
- Mrs. Mary Donnison, British settler travelling from London aboard the ship "Maori" arriving in Auckland, New Zealand on 3rd November 1859 
- Mr. Robert S Donnison, British settler travelling from London aboard the ship "Maori" arriving in Auckland, New Zealand on 3rd November 1859 
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
- Mr. Robert Eric Donnison B.E.M.,, British recipient of the British Empire Medal on 8th June 2018, for services to Football in Nottinghamshire 
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- ^ Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.
- ^ Guppy, Henry Brougham, Homes of Family Names in Great Britain. 1890. Print.
- ^ New Zealand Yesteryears Passenger Lists 1800 to 1900 (Retrieved 17th October 2018). Retrieved from http://www.yesteryears.co.nz/shipping/passlist.html
- ^ "Birthday and New Year Honours Lists (1940 to 2019)." Issue 62310, 31 October 2019 | London Gazette, The Gazette, June 2018, https://www.thegazette.co.uk/London/issue/62310/supplement/B1