The English surname Dean, also found in Ireland and Scotland, is a topographic name from the Middle English term dene meaning “valley,” or a habitational name from any of several places in various parts of England named Dean, Deane, or Deen from this word. In Scotland this is a habitational name from Den in Aberdeenshire or Dean in Ayrshire. In Ireland the name is a variant of Deane. The first recorded reference is in the Domesday Book in 1086 where Ralph de Dene is recorded. Mildred Dean married William Hawkes on November 19th 1585 at Newgate Street, London and Ruth Deane married John White on August 14th 1586 at Finchley.
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