Guild of One-Name Studies
One-name studies, Genealogy
Variants: Dinman, Dunman
Category: 1 - A study where research using core genealogical datasets and transcriptions is in its early stages.
DNA website: www.familytreedna.com/groups/denman/about/background
Contact: Liz Craig
I became aware during census searches etc that the surname seemed to have three main centres - Somerset, Nottingham and Sussex. I have always been interested in the history and origin of names, and had registered a surname study with The Guild of One Name Studies.
Collaborator wanted! My own work so far has been mainly concentrated on the Somerset Denman families. The DNA Project is for any male Denman, and through this I am aware of some of the Nottinghamshire and Surrey lines, but my information on them is much more limited. If anyone is actively researching these lines and would like to collaborate on this project, I would be very pleased to hear from you!
A quick look at the distribution of the name using the censuses indicates that the surname is most prevalent in Somerset, Nottinghamshire and Sussex. Early records indicate that the surname was found in the 1300s in Nottinghamshire and Somerset, showing that shortly after surnames were adopted, the Denman name existed at opposite ends of the country simultaneously. Although much further research is necessary, this could point to the surname having at least two points of origin, and early results from the DNA project indicate that the Somerset and Nottinghamshire Denmans are not connected.
I chose to host the Denman DNA Project with Family Tree DNA because (most importantly) they have the biggest gene pool - therefore greater chances of finding matches. Also, they come with an impressive pedigree in the field of DNA testing and are the company of choice for 95% of genealogists. I do not get any financial reward for using them as my testing company, I run the project on a voluntary basis for the benefit of Denman researchers.
Tests ordered through this project are charged at the special group rate which provides a substantial saving on the standard FTDNA price. You can sign up for the discounted rates here. This is a link which gives (in dollars) the group discounted rates.
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