Dean family

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Unknown Deane sisters photographed in the 19th century by Ernest Baudoux

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Origin of Surname

The name is of English origin and is either a locational name from places so called in many parts of England, or a topographical name for someone dwelling in a valley, both deriving from the Middle English "dene" (Old English denu) meaning 'valley'. It may also be a nickname for someone thought to resemble a dean, or more probably an occupational name for a servant of a dean, deriving from the Middle English deen which is a borrowing of the Old French D(e)ien, itself coming from the Latin decanus, meaning 'a leader of ten men'.

Early records

Edemond Dean, the earliest known member of a prominent St Brelade family, is thought to have gone from England to St Malo in the late 16th century, his son Jean later settling in Jersey.

It is not certain whether the Dean and Deans families in Jersey had a common ancestor or were entirely distinct.

Variants

  • Deane
  • Deans
  • Deanes
  • Le Dean 1607
  • Dean 1299
  • Le Denne 1607
  • Dynne
  • Dyarine 1479
  • Dyanne 1309
  • Le Dene, 1292
  • Le Desne 1299

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Baptisms



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Great War service


Mother and son

  • Jessie Deans (1871- ) (Manchester), living in Jersey, British Red Cross
  • Sidney Carswell Deans (1899- ) (Gr) son of Charles and Jessie, OV, Mercantile Marine


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