Meaning and Origin of: Tenney

Family name origins & meanings

  • English (Yorkshire) : from a medieval personal name, a diminutive of Dennis 1.
  • This name was brought to America in 1638 by Thomas Tenney, a member of a party led by the Rev. Ezekiel Rogers from Rowley, Yorkshire, England, to found Rowley, MA. Most (probably all) modern American families with this name are descended from him.