Denny Family History
The family history of the ancient name Denny was found in the irishsurnames.com archives. Meaning 'the son of Dennis' variants of Denny include Dennis, Dennison, Denniss, Denis, Denison, Dennisson, Dinnis, Dench, Denney and Dennys. Borne of Saint Denis, the martyred third century Bishop of Paris who became the Patron Saint of France. The name became popular in England in the twelfth century, having been introduced there by the Normans. This name is of Anglo-Norman descent spreading to Ireland, Scotland and Wales in early times and is found in many mediaeval manuscripts in the above countries. Examples of such are a Richard Dionise, Norfolk, and a Michael Dionisie, who were recorded in the 'Hundred Rolls', England, in the year 1273 and an Adam Denyson who was recorded in the 'Poll Tax' of the West Riding of Yorkshire, in the year 1379. In Scotland Johannes Dennys was Burgess of Aberdeen, in the year 1499, and James Denis was Burgess of Linlithgow, in the year 1536. In Ireland a leading family of this name settled and became prominent in County Derry. In County Kerry Denny is a variant of Dennehy.The Denny family crest (or coat of arms) came into existence many centuries ago. The process of creating these coats of arms began as early as the eleventh century although a form of Proto-Heraldry may have existed in some countries prior to this, including Ireland. The new more formalized art of Heraldry made it possible for families and even individual family members to have their very own family crest, coat of arms, including Denny descendants.