The associated coat of arms for this name are recorded in J.B Rietstaps Armorial General. Illustrated by V & H.V Rolland's. This Monumental work took 23 years to complete and 85,000 coats of Arms are included in this work. Registered in Derbyshire. This English surname of DENMAN is a topographic name for someone who lived in a valley. An English family of this name trace their descent from William DENMAN, who lived in the reign of Richard II (1377-99). It was not until the 10th century that modern hereditary surnames first developed, and the use of fixed names spread, first to France, and then England, then to Germany and all of Europe. In these parts of Europe, the individual man was becoming more important, commerce was increasing and the exact identification of each man was becoming a necessity. Even today however, the Church does not recognise surnames. Baptisms and marriages are performed through use of the Christian name alone. Thus hereditary names as we know them today developed gradually during the 11th to the 15th century in the various European countries. A notable member of the name was Thomas, Ist Baron DENMAN (1779-1854) the English jurist, born in London. He was educated at Eton and St. John's College, Cambridge, and entered Lincoln's Inn in 1808. With Henry Brougham, he defended Queen Caroline in 1820 (whose marriage to George IV which the king found disagreeable, and he made her live by herself in Blackheath. She was the object of much sympathy). For this he became very popular. He was Whig MP for Wareham and Nottingham, and in 1818 until 1826 was attorney-general. He became lord chief-justice in 1832, and was raised to the peerage in 1834. He retired from the bench in 1850. In Hotten's 'The Original Lists of Persons of Quality' which includes emigrants, religious exiles, political rebels, serving men sold for a term of years, apprentices, children stolen, maidens pressed and others, who went to America from Great Britain to the American Plantations between 1600 and 1700 is included Jo DENMAN aged 14 years who was on the ship JOHN FLOWER which left England for America in September, 1635.
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