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Dan History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms



The history of the Dan family goes back to the ancient Anglo-Saxon culture of Britain. It is derived from the family living in the valley or the dann. The surname often meant the dweller in the valley.

Early Origins of the Dan family


The surname Dan was first found in Sussex where they held a family seat from very ancient times.

Early History of the Dan family


This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Dan research.
Another 254 words (18 lines of text) covering the year 1327 is included under the topic Early Dan History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Dan Spelling Variations


Until quite recently, the English language has lacked a definite system of spelling rules. Consequently, Anglo-Saxon surnames are characterized by a multitude of spelling variations. Changes in Anglo-Saxon names were influenced by the evolution of the English language, as it incorporated elements of French, Latin, and other languages. Although Medieval scribes and church officials recorded names as they sounded, so it is common to find one person referred to by several different spellings of his surname, even the most literate people varied the spelling of their own names. Variations of the name Dan include Dan, Dann, Danne, Dans, Danns, Dannes and others.

Early Notables of the Dan family (pre 1700)


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Migration of the Dan family to Ireland


Some of the Dan family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
Another 108 words (8 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 Dan family to the New World and Oceana


Searching for a better life, many English families migrated to British colonies. Unfortunately, the majority of them traveled under extremely harsh conditions: overcrowding on the ships caused the majority of the immigrants to arrive diseased, famished, and destitute from the long journey across the ocean. For those families that arrived safely, modest prosperity was attainable, and many went on to make invaluable contributions to the development of the cultures of the new colonies. Research into the origins of individual families in North America revealed records of the immigration of a number of people bearing the name Dan or a variant listed above:

Dan Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • George Dan who settled in Virginia in 1655
  • John Dan, who arrived in Virginia in 1665 [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
  • John Dan, who settled in Barbados in 1678

Dan Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • C K Dan, who landed in San Francisco, California in 1850 [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)

Dan Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century

  • Mr. John Dan U.E. who settled in Parr Town [Saint John], New Brunswick c. 1784 [2]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Rubincam, Milton. The Old United Empire Loyalists List. Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc, 1976. (Originally published as; United Empire Loyalists. The Centennial of the Settlement of Upper Canada. Rose Publishing Company, 1885.) ISBN 0-8063-0331-X
  • Mr. Sillick Dan U.E. who settled in Parr Town [Saint John], New Brunswick c. 1784 [2]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Rubincam, Milton. The Old United Empire Loyalists List. Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc, 1976. (Originally published as; United Empire Loyalists. The Centennial of the Settlement of Upper Canada. Rose Publishing Company, 1885.) ISBN 0-8063-0331-X

Contemporary Notables of the name Dan (post 1700)


  • W. McClaws Dan, American Democrat politician, Mayor of Jacksonville, Florida, 1883-85 [3]CITATION[CLOSE]
    The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, December 8) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html
  • James Dan, American Libertarian politician, Candidate for U.S. Representative from Nevada 1st District, 1996 [3]CITATION[CLOSE]
    The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, December 8) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html
  • Cyrus Dan Prescott (1836-1902), American Republican politician, Attorney for New York Central Railroad; Member of New York State Assembly from Oneida County 3rd District, 1878; U.S. Representative from New York 23rd District, 1879-83
  • Victor Dan Gaureanu (1967-2017), Romanian bronze medal fencer at the 1999 World Fencing Championships
  • Joe Dan Washington Jr (b. 1953), American former NFL football running back, inducted into the College Pro Football Hall of Fame
  • Dr Hugh Dan MacLennan, Scottish broadcaster, author and sporting academic
  • Ross Dan Hutchins (b. 1985), British silver medalist tennis player
  • Calvin Dan Medlock (b. 1982), former American Minor League Baseball relief pitcher
  • Adrian Dan Stanger Ph.D., American academic, Professor in the Department of Mathematics, North Dakota State University
  • André Dan Gélinet, Vice-Admiral, Paris

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Citations


  1. ^ Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
  2. ^ Rubincam, Milton. The Old United Empire Loyalists List. Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc, 1976. (Originally published as; United Empire Loyalists. The Centennial of the Settlement of Upper Canada. Rose Publishing Company, 1885.) ISBN 0-8063-0331-X
  3. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, December 8) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html

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