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The Picts were the ancient Scottish tribe where the ancestors of the Tenney family lived. The name Tenney comes from the personal name Dennis. Tenney 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 Tenney was first established in Lancashire, prior to the Norman Conquest of England in 1066.

Tenney Early Origins



The surname Tenney 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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Tenney Spelling Variations


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Tenney Spelling Variations



Before the first dictionaries appeared in the last few hundred years, scribes spelled according to sound. spelling variations are common among Scottish names. Tenney has been spelled Denny, Denney, Dennie, Denie, Denye, Deanney, Deannie and many more.

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Tenney Early History


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Tenney Early History



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

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Tenney Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Tenney Early Notables (pre 1700)



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

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Tenney In Ireland


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Tenney In Ireland



Some of the Tenney 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



In those unstable times, many had no choice but to leave their beloved homelands. Sickness and poverty hounded travelers to North America, but those who made it were welcomed with land and opportunity. These settlers gave the young nations of Canada and the United States a strong backbone as they stood up for their beliefs as United Empire Loyalists and in the American War of Independence. In this century, the ancestors of these brave Scots have begun to recover their illustrious heritage through Clan societies and other heritage organizations. Early passenger and immigration lists reveal many Scottish settlers bearing the name Tenney:

Tenney Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • Thomas Tenney, who landed in Rowley, Massachusetts in 1640
  • William Tenney, who landed in Rowley, Massachusetts in 1640

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Contemporary Notables of the name Tenney (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Tenney (post 1700)



  • William Jewett Tenney (1814-1883), American author, editor
  • Meshach A. "Mesh" Tenney (1907-1993), American Thoroughbred horse trainer
  • Jon Tenney (b. 1961), American actor
  • James Tenney (1934-2006), American composer and music theorist
  • Jack B. Tenney (1898-1970), California politician and composer, best remembered for his song "Mexicali Rose"
  • Fred Tenney (1859-1919), American Major League Baseball outfielder
  • Fred Tenney (1871-1952), American first baseman in Major League Baseball
  • Charles Henry Tenney (1911-1994), U.S. federal judge
  • Charles H. Tenney (1842-1919), Director of Bank of the Manhattan Company and life trustee of the Bowery Savings Bank
  • Asa Wentworth Tenney (1833-1897), American federal judge
  • ... (Another 2 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Suggested Readings for the name Tenney


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Suggested Readings for the name Tenney



  • Our Tenney Family (of Upshur County, West Virginia) by Patty Webb Eubanks.

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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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Citations


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Citations



    Other References

    1. Hanks, Patricia and Flavia Hodges. A Dictionary of Surnames. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1988. Print. (ISBN 0-19-211592-8).
    2. Matthews, John. Matthews' American Armoury and Blue Book. London: John Matthews, 1911. Print.
    3. Black, George F. The Surnames of Scotland Their Origin, Meaning and History. New York: New York Public Library, 1946. Print. (ISBN 0-87104-172-3).
    4. Bain, Robert. The Clans and Tartans of Scotland. Glasgow & London: Collins, 1968. Print. (ISBN 000411117-6).
    5. Barrow, G.W.S Ed. Acts of Malcom IV 1153-65 Volume I Regesta Regum Scottorum 1153-1424. Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press, 1960. Print.
    6. Burke, John Bernard Ed. The Roll of Battle Abbey. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
    7. Bradford, William. History of Plymouth Plantation 1620-1647 Edited by Samuel Eliot Morrison 2 Volumes. New York: Russell and Russell, 1968. Print.
    8. Holt, J.C. Ed. Domesday Studies. Woodbridge: Boydell, 1987. Print. (ISBN 0-85115-477-8).
    9. Innes, Thomas and Learney. Scots Heraldry A Practical Handbook on the Historical Principles and Mordern Application of the Art and Science. London: Oliver and Boyd, 1934. Print.
    10. Bolton, Charles Knowles. Scotch Irish Pioneers In Ulster and America. Montana: Kessinger Publishing. Print.
    11. ...

    The Tenney Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Tenney Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

    This page was last modified on 8 March 2015 at 13:22.

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