Tenby History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The ancestors of the name Tenby date back to the Anglo-Saxon tribes of Britain. The name is derived from when the Tenby family lived in Danby, the name of two parishes in Yorkshire and Derbyshire. The place-name Danby is derived from the Old English word dan.

Early Origins of the Tenby family

The surname Tenby was first found in West Yorkshire at Denby Dale where the first record of the place name was in the Domesday Book where it was listed as Denebi. [1] Today Denby Dale is a village and civil parish in the metropolitan borough of Kirklees and is known for baking giant pies, a tradition first started in 1788 to celebrate the recovery of King George III from his mental illness.

Alternatively the name could have been derived from Danby, a parish, in the union of Guisborough, E. division of the liberty of Langbaurgh, in the North Riding of Yorkshire. "This place, which was formerly of considerable importance, was granted by the Conqueror to Robert de Brus, who held of the king in capite, and who built a castle here; which, with the estate, remained with the family till the time of Henry III. " [2]

Another branch of the family was found in the parish of Shilton in Warwickshire. "It was formerly the residence of a branch of the Denbigh family, whose ancient mansion is still remaining." [2]

Early History of the Tenby family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Tenby research. Another 72 words (5 lines of text) covering the years 1189, 1212, 1300, 1474, 1419, 1426, 1421, 1423, 1503, 1571, 1554, 1530, 1590, 1575, 1576, 1610, 1660, 1631, 1667, 1655 and 1727 are included under the topic Early Tenby History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Tenby Spelling Variations

It is only in the last few hundred years that the English language has been standardized. For that reason, early Anglo-Saxon surnames like Tenby are characterized by many spelling variations. As the English language changed and incorporated elements of other European languages, even literate people changed the spelling of their names. The variations of the name Tenby include: Danby, Danbie, Danbey and others.

Early Notables of the Tenby family (pre 1700)

Notables of the family at this time include His Worship Sir Robert Danby KS JP (died 1474), a British justice, Chief Justice of the Common Pleas, Chief Justice of England; John Denby, British politician, Member of Parliament for Wallingford (1419 and 1426); John Denby, British politician, Member of Parliament for Ludgershall (1421 and 1423); Sir Christopher Danby...
Another 57 words (4 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Tenby Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.


Australia Tenby migration to Australia +

Emigration to Australia followed the First Fleets of convicts, tradespeople and early settlers. Early immigrants include:

Tenby Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • Mr. John Tenby, (b. 1834), aged 20, Cornish agricultural labourer departing from Plymouth on 27th February 1854 aboard the ship "Parsee" arriving in Melbourne, Victoria, Australia on 9th June 1854 [3]
  • Mrs. Mary Tenby, (b. 1833), aged 21, Cornish settler departing from Plymouth on 27th February 1854 aboard the ship "Parsee" arriving in Melbourne, Victoria, Australia on 9th June 1854 [3]

New Zealand Tenby 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:

Tenby Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • Mr. Joseph Tenby, (b. 1820), aged 42, British farm labourer travelling from London aboard the ship "Mersey" arriving in Lyttelton, Christchurch, South Island, New Zealand on 25th September 1862 [4]
  • Mr. John H. Tenby, (b. 1857), aged 26, Cornish tailor departing on 23rd August 1883 aboard the ship "British Queen" going to Bluff or Otago, New Zealand arriving in port on 11th October 1883 [5]


  1. ^ Mills, A.D., Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4)
  2. ^ Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.
  3. ^ Cornwall Online Parish Clerks. (Retrieved 3rd May 2018). Retrieved from http://www.opc-cornwall.org/Resc/pdfs/emigration_australia_victoria.pdf
  4. ^ New Zealand Yesteryears Passenger Lists 1800 to 1900 (Retrieved 17th October 2018). Retrieved from http://www.yesteryears.co.nz/shipping/passlist.html
  5. ^ Cornwall Online Parish Clerks. (Retrieved 2018, April 30). Emigrants to other ports, 1872 - 84 [PDF]. Retrieved from http://www.opc-cornwall.org/Resc/pdfs/new_zealand_assisted.pdf


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