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In ancient Scotland, the ancestors of the Tennay family were part of a tribe called the Picts. The name Tennay is derived from the personal name Dennis. Tennay 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 Tennay was first established in Lancashire, prior to the Norman Conquest of England in 1066.

Tennay Early Origins



The surname Tennay was first found in Lancashire (located in northwest England and dates back to 1180), where they held a family seat from ancient times.

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Tennay Spelling Variations


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Tennay Spelling Variations



The arts of spelling and translation were yet in their infancies when surnames began, so there are an enormous number of spelling variations of the names in early Scottish records. This is a particular problem with Scottish names because of the numerous times a name might have been loosely translated to English from Gaelic and back. Tennay has been spelled Denny, Denney, Dennie, Denie, Denye, Deanney, Deannie and many more.

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Tennay Early History


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Tennay Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Tennay 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 Tennay History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Tennay Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Tennay Early Notables (pre 1700)



Another 42 words (3 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Tennay Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Tennay In Ireland


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Tennay In Ireland



Some of the Tennay 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.

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The Great Migration


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The Great Migration



This oppression forced many Scots to leave their homelands. Most of these chose North America as their destination. Although the journey left many sick and poor, these immigrants were welcomed the hardy with great opportunity. Many of these settlers stood up for their newfound freedom in the American War of Independence. More recently, Scots abroad have recovered much of their collective heritage through highland games and other patriotic functions and groups. An examination of passenger and immigration lists has located various settlers bearing the name Tennay: Thomas Denny from Combs, Devon, England settled in Leicester, Massachusetts in 1646; Mary Denny settled in New England (Massachusetts) in 1635; another Mary Denny settled in Maryland in 1736.

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Motto


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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.


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