This unusual and interesting name is of Anglo-Saxon origin, and is a topographical or locational surname found particularly in the Southern English counties of Surrey and Sussex. The name is composed of the Old English pre 7th Century elements "dael", valley, "ende", end, with the topographical suffix "-e"' indicating residence by the place. This suffix use is peculiar to the counties of Kent, Sussex, Surrey and Hampshire, and was also used with placenames, as in "Rumbridger", the person from Rumbridge in Sussex. As a topographical name, Dallender means "the dweller at the end of the valley", and as a locational surname from a now "lost" place, 'the person from the (place at the) end of the valley." The surname development includes Dalinder (1612) and Dallinder (1618) in Sussex and Dallander (1674, Surrey). The marriage of William Dallender and Margaret Lee was recorded at Buckland, Surrey, on August 3rd 1589. The first recorded spelling of the family name is shown to be that of Jane Dallender (christening), which was dated November 1st 1563, in Buckland, Surrey, during the reign of Queen Elizabeth 1, known as "Good Queen Bess", 1558 - 1603. Surnames became necessary when governments introduced personal taxation. In England this was known as Poll Tax. Throughout the centuries, surnames in every country have continued to "develop" often leading to astonishing variants of the original spelling.
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