The surname Denis is one of the oldest family names to come from the French region known as Bretagne, or Brittany
in English. It is derived from the Greek given name Dionysios, which means a follower of the Greek god of the same name. Much of the popularity of the name St'denis is due to the fact that it was borne by the 3rd century Bishop of Paris who later became the patron saint of France.
Early Origins of the St'denis family
The surname St'denis was first found in Champagne
, where this illustrious family held a family seat
since ancient times. By the 14th century the family was well established in the region of Thiérache and several members of the family distinguished themselves through their contributions to the community in which they lived and were rewarded with lands, titles and letters patent confirming their nobility.
From the original line of Thiérache, the family branched, expanded, and prospered. Resulting from this expansion, the members of the family had their names recorded with a variety of spellings. As the members of the many branches were involved politically and culturally in their region, they were recorded in the ancient surveys. From the ancient records of the Denisard branch, Adam of la Capelle is recorded in Thiérache in 1340, Jehan is noted in 1360 and Mahieu is registered in 1404. From the Denise branch, Bernard appears in 1294, Pierre in 1384, Jehan Denise rendered homage in 1390, and Jacques appears in a census of 1448. As well, from the ancient cartularies Jehan Denisot is mentioned in 1438. CITATION[CLOSE]
Hozier, Charles D, and Antoine Bachelin-Delforenne. État présent De La Noblesse française (1883-1887): Contenant Le Distionnaire De La Noblesse Contemporaine Et Larmorial général De France, Dapres Les Manuscrits De Ch. D Hozier. Librairie Des Bibliophiles, 1884. Print.
Early History of the St'denis family
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St'denis Spelling Variations
History has changed the spelling of most surnames. During the early development of the French language in the Middle Ages, a person gave his version of his name, phonetically, to a scribe, a priest, or a recorder. Some variables were adopted by different branches of the family name. Hence, there spelling variations
of the name St'denis, some of which include Denis, Dennis, Denys, Dennys, Denice, Denise, Deniset, Deniseau, Denison, Denisard, Denizot, Denizon and many more.
Early Notables of the St'denis family (pre 1700)
Notable amongst the family during this period was Claude Denis, Lord of la Cornillere, during the 1700's; Frans Denys (c.
1610-1670), a Flemish
Baroque painter mainly of portraits; Jacob Denys (1644-1708) was a Flemish
Baroque painter; Nicolas Denys (1598?-1688), a French aristocrat who became an explorer, colonizer, soldier and leader in... Another 63 words (4 lines of text) are included under the topic Early St'denis Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the St'denis family to the New World and Oceana
Migration from France to New France or Quebec as it was now more popularly called, continued from France until it fell in 1759. By 1675, there were 7000 French in Quebec. By the same year the Acadian presence in Nova Scotia, New Brunswick and Prince Edward Island had reached 500. In the treaty of Utrecht, the Acadians were ceded by France to Britain in 1713. In 1755, 10,000 French Acadians refused to take an oath of allegiance to England
and were deported. They found refuge in Louisiana. In 1793, the remaining French in these provinces came under British rule. Meanwhile, in Quebec, the French race flourished, founding in Lower Canada, one of the two great solitudes which became Canada. Many of this distinguished family name St'denis were prominent in social, cultural, religious and political affairs in France and New France. Amongst the settlers in North America with this distinguished name St'denis were
St'denis Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
- Brathen St Denis, aged 30, who landed in America, in 1909
- Ruth St Denis, who emigrated to America, in 1909
Contemporary Notables of the name St'denis (post 1700)
- Ruth St. Denis (1879-1968), American dance pioneer, co-founder of the American Denishawn School of Dance
- Lise St-Denis (b. 1940), Canadian politician
- Louis Antoine Juchereau de St. Denis (1676-1744), French-Canadian soldier and explorer most known for his exploration and development of the Louisiana and Texas regions
- Brent J. St. Denis (b. 1950), Canadian politician