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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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Where is the Denny family from?

You can see how Denny families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Denny family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Denny families were found in the USA in 1880. In 1911 there were 87 Denny families living in Ontario. This was about 49% of all the recorded Denny's in Canada. Ontario had the highest population of Denny families in 1911.
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What did your Denny ancestors do for a living?

In 1921, Farmer and Housekeeper were the top reported jobs for men and women in the CA named Denny. 58% of Denny men worked as a Farmer and 22% of Denny women worked as a Housekeeper. Some less common occupations for Americans named Denny were Carpenter and Student.

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*We display top occupations by gender to maintain their historical accuracy during times when men and women often performed different jobs.

Top Male Occupations in 1921

  • Farmer
    58%
  • Labourer
    20%
  • Laborer
    7%
  • Carpenter
    5%

Top Female Occupations in 1921

  • Housekeeper
    22%
  • Stenographer
    22%
  • Hairdresser
    15%
  • Student
    15%
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Census Records

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 Lists

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 Cards

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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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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