By: MICHELLE K. SMITH | Published Friday, December 14, 2012, 11:40 AM | Updated Friday, December 14, 2012, 11:40 AM
Irish Derivation- Disney as a surname was first used by the French Normans and later came to Ireland during the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries. Spelling variations include Disney, Deisney, Diseney, and D’Isney.
Name Meaning- The names means “from Isigny” which refers to the family’s original home. Isigny is a small town on the Normandy coast near Bayeaux.
Counties associated with the name- Carlow, Kilkenny, Westmeath
Coat of arms motto- The motto is “vincit qui patitur” which translates from latin to “he conquers who endures”
Walt Disney visited Dublin for the premiere of his film “Darby O’Gill and the Little People”
Walt Disney’s ancestor’s rented land in Kilkenny in the first half of the nineteenth century
Walt Disney- American film producer and founder of the Walt Disney Company
Roy Disney- senior executive of the Walt Disney Company
Harold Disney- Atomic Energy Scientist
General Information The name D’Isney was first used by family members living in the small dairy town of Isigny on the coast of Normandy in France. They later brought the name to England. The name is first recorded in Lincolnshire, where the family was granted land by Duke William of Normandy for the family’s service at the Battle of Hastings in 1066. The name was Anglicized to Disney. Many English migrated to Ireland, Scotland, and the New World during the Great Migration. In the 1700’s Disney clan members migrated to the south east of Ireland. During the late seventeenth and early eighteenth centuries, many Disney family members emigrated to Maryland. Later in the nineteenth century many Disney family members migrated to New England states.