The surname of DISNEY was a locational name 'of de Isney'. The family gave name to Norton Disney, County Lincoln; they are said to have come from Isigne, near Bayeux in France. Many of the early names recorded in medieval documents denote noble families but many also indicate migration from the continent during, and in the wake of, the Norman invasion of 1066. There was a constant stream of merchants, workmen and others arriving in England during this time. In 1086 the Record of Great Inquisition of lands of England, their extent, value, ownership and liabilities was made by order of William The Conquerer. It is known as the Domesday Book. Early records of the name mention Johannes de Iseny, 1273, County Lincolnshire. William Diseney, was documented during the reign of Henry III (1216-1272) and Thomas Disney appears in County Lancashire in 1273. Edward Disney of Yorkshire, was listed in the Yorkshire Poll Tax of 1379. The rise of surnames, according to the accepted theory, was due to the Norman Conquest of 1066 when Old English personal-names were rapidly superseded by the new christian names introduced by the Normans. Of these, only a few were really popular and in the 12th century this scarcity of christian names led to the increasing use of surnames to distinguish the numerous individuals of the same name. Some Normans had hereditary surnames before they came to England, but there is evidence that surnames would have developed in England even had there been no Norman Conquest. The development of the feudal system made it essential that the king should know exactly what service each person owed. Payments to and by the exchequer required that debtors and creditors should be particularized, and it became official that each individual acquired exact identification. A later instance of the name mention Nicolas Calton and Elizabeth Disney who were married at St. Michael, Cornhill, London in the year 1713. Walt DISNEY (Walter Elias) (1901-66) was the American artist and film producer, born in Chicago. Universally known as the creator of Micky Mouse (who first appeared as a sound cartoon in 1928). He broke new ground with his full-length coloured cartoon films, of which the first was 'Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs' (1937). He built Disneyland amusement park in California in 1955 and Disney World in Florida in 1971.
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