Denny Family History

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Denny Name Meaning

Scottish and English: from a pet form of Dennis. English: habitational name from a place in Cambridgeshire, most probably named with Old English Dene ‘Dane’ + eg ‘island’. Scottish: habitational name from Denny in Stirlingshire. Irish: reduced Anglicized form of Gaelic Ó Duibhne (see Deeney). Irish (Cork): less frequently, a reduced Anglicization of Gaelic Ó Duineachdha (see Dennehy).

Source: Dictionary of American Family Names ©2013, Oxford University Press

Similar surnames: Kenny, Denby, Dean, Jenny, Penny, Denn, Benn, Delay, Dey, Penna

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Denny Ethnicity Estimate

What are the common regions with the Denny name?

These results combine data from everyone in the AncestryDNA® database with the last name Denny. The Ancestry® ethnicity regions shown are top five most common on average for these people.

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  • England & Wales


  • Ireland & Scotland


  • Germanic Europe


  • Norway


  • Eastern Europe & Russia


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Denny Family Origin

Where is the Denny family from?

Denny Family Occupations

What did your Denny ancestors do for a living?

In 1881, a less common occupation for the Denny family was Laborer. The most common Denny occupation in Canada was Farmer. 18% of Denny's were Farmers. Farmer, Farm Labourer and Cooper were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Denny.

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  • Farmer

  • Farm Labourer

  • Cooper

  • Laborer


Census records can tell you a lot of little known facts about your Denny ancestors, such as occupation. Occupation can tell you about your ancestor's social and economic status.

Denny Historical Records

What Denny family records will you find?

Census Record

There are 157,000 census records available for the last name Denny. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Denny census records can tell you where and how your ancestors worked, their level of education, veteran status, and more.

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Passenger List

There are 14,000 immigration records available for the last name Denny. Passenger lists are your ticket to knowing when your ancestors arrived in Canada, and how they made the journey - from the ship name to ports of arrival and departure.

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Draft Card

There are 25,000 military records available for the last name Denny. For the veterans among your Denny ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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Denny Life Expectancy

What is the average Denny lifespan?

Between 1946 and 2004, in the United States, Denny life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1947, and highest in 2003. The average life expectancy for Denny in 1946 was 48, and 74 in 2004.

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An unusually short lifespan might indicate that your Denny ancestors lived in harsh conditions. A short lifespan might also indicate health problems that were once prevalent in your family. The SSDI is a searchable database of more than 70 million names. You can find birthdates, death dates, addresses and more.

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