The ancestors of the first family to use the name Tenay lived among the Pictish people of ancient Scotland
. The name Tenay comes from the personal name
Dennis. Tenay is a patronymic
surname, which belongs to the category of hereditary surnames
. Some patronyms were formed from the personal names of the father of the bearer, while others came from prominent religious and secular figures. The surname Tenay was first established in Lancashire
, prior to the Norman Conquest
Early Origins of the Tenay family
The surname Tenay was first found in Lancashire
(located in northwest England
and dates back to 1180), where they held a family seat
from ancient times.
Early History of the Tenay family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Tenay research.Another 257 words (18 lines of text) covering the years 1400, 10,0, 1424, 1634, 1st , 1676, 1501 and 1549 are included under the topic Early Tenay History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Tenay Spelling Variations
In medieval Scotland
, names were more often spelled according to sound than any regular set of rules. An enormous number of spelling variations
were the result. Over the years, the name Tenay has been spelled Denny, Denney, Dennie, Denie, Denye, Deanney, Deannie and many more.
Early Notables of the Tenay family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Tenay family to Ireland
Some of the Tenay family moved to Ireland
, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.Another 45 words (3 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 Tenay family to the New World and Oceana
Some of the first settlers of this family name were:
Tenay Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century
- Mr. Jonathan Tenay U.E. who settled in Charlotte County, New Brunswick c. 1784 he was a member of the Cape Ann Association 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
The Tenay 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: Et mea messis erit
Motto Translation: My harvest will also arrive.