Tenney History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

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.

Early Origins of the Tenney family

The surname Tenney was first found in Stirlingshire at Denny, a town and parish. "This place, of which the name, derived from the Gaelic Dun, is descriptive of its situation on an eminence, originally formed part of the parish of Falkirk, from which it was separated about the year 1618. A considerable portion of the parish appears to have belonged to an establishment of Knights Templars which probably existed here or in the immediate vicinity, and the land is still known by the appellation of Temple-Denny. " [1]

Early History of the Tenney family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Tenney research. Another 130 words (9 lines of text) covering the years 1400, 1424, 1634, 1676, 1501 and 1549 are included under the topic Early Tenney History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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.

Early Notables of the Tenney family (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.

Ireland Migration of the Tenney family to Ireland

Some of the Tenney family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
Another 53 words (4 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

United States Tenney migration to the United States +

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 [2]
  • William Tenney, who landed in Rowley, Massachusetts in 1640 [2]

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 21 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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.

Suggested Readings for the name Tenney +

  • 4852 "Our Tenney Family (of Upshur County, West Virginia)" by Patty Webb Eubanks.

  1. ^ Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of Scotland. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.
  2. ^ Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)

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