The associated coat of arms for the name DENDY are recorded in Sir Bernard Burkes General Armory. Granted to Richard Caffyn DENDY and to the descendants of his grandfather, Richard DENDY of Griggs or Gulshaw, on Towerhill in Horsham, County Sussex, England. The arms were granted in September, 1793. This surname of English, French, Portuguese, German, Polish and Jewish origin was a baptismal name 'the son of Daniel', meaning God is my Judge. It was a popular 13th century font name. The major factor influencing the popularity of the given name was undoubtedly the dramatic story in the Book of Daniel, recounting the prophet's steadfast adherence to his religious faith. The name was also borne by a 2nd century Christian martyr and by a 9th century hermit, the legend of whose life was popular among Christians during the Middle Ages, and these had a minor additional influence on the adoption of the Christian name. Hereditary surnames were originally imported from France into England during the Norman Conquest of 1066. In the two centuries or so after the Conquest surnames were acquired by most families of major landholders, and many landed families of lesser importance. There appears to have been a constant trickle of migration into Britain between about the years 1200 and 150O, mostly from France and the Low Countries, with a small number of migrants from Scandinavia, Germany, Italy and the Iberian peninsular, and occasional individuals from further afield. During this period groups of aliens settled in this country as for example, the Germans who from the late 15th century onwards settled in Cumbria to work the metal mines. Immigration during this time had only a small effect on the body of surnames used in Britain. In many cases, the surnames of immigrants were thoroughly Anglicised. The late sixteenth century saw the arrival, mostly in London and the south-coast ports of large numbers of people fleeing from the war regions of France. A notable member of the name was the surgeon, Walter Cooper DENDY, 1794-1871. He studied at Guy's and St. Thomas' Hospitals and was made President of the Medical Society of London. He published numerous medical works as well as more speculative writings, including 'Zone', (1841), Psyche,(1853) and Gleam of the Spirit Mystery (1861).
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