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.
Early Origins of the Tenney family
Lancashire (located in northwest England and dates back to 1180), where they held a family seat from ancient times.
Early History of the Tenney family
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Tenney Spelling Variations
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.
Early Notables of the Tenney family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Tenney family to Ireland
Some of the Tenney family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
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Migration of the Tenney family to the New World and Oceana
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
Contemporary Notables of the name Tenney (post 1700)
Suggested Readings for the name Tenney
The Tenney 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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