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Where did the English Dunbar family come from? What is the English Dunbar family crest and coat of arms? When did the Dunbar family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Dunbar family history?The Dunbar surname is derived from the name of the Barony of Dunbar on the North Sea coast near Edinburgh. The place name comes from the Gaelic words "dłn," meaning "a fort," and "barr," meaning "top," or "summit."
Spelling variations of this family name include: Dunbar, Dunbarr and others.
First found in the barony of Dunbar in the Lothians where they held a family seat from very ancient times; ever since the 11th century, when Cospatrick was deprived of his Earldom of Northumberland by William the Conqueror, and fled to Scotland. There he was granted the lands of Dunbar and Lothian, Cumnock in Ayrshire, and Mochrum in Wigtown by Malcolm Ceanmore, the King of Scotland. Traditionally, the family descend from Crinan of Dunkeld, the Earl of Northumberland, ancestor of both King Duncan I (d. 1040) and the Earls Gospatrick, who were the later the Earls of March. Of this line, Patrick V, Earl of March (c.1285-1369) gave English King Edward II sanctuary at the fortress of Dunbar Castle following the Battle of Bannockburn. He was one of the Scottish nobles, who signed, the declaration of Scottish independence to the Pope dated at Arbroath on 6 April 1320. He was married to the infamous "Black Agnes," (Agnes Dunbar, 4th Countess of Moray), "that brawling boisterous Scottish wench" as an English balladeer had called her. In the Earl's absence, she held Dunbar castle for several months before succumbing to the overwhelming English army in 1337.
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Dunbar research. Another 243 words(17 lines of text) covering the years 1291, 1320, 1435, 1465, and 1530 are included under the topic Early Dunbar History in all our PDF Extended History products.
More information is included under the topic Early Dunbar Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.
Some of the Dunbar family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 216 words(15 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products.
Some of the first settlers of this family name were:
Dunbar Settlers in the United States in the 17th Century
Dunbar Settlers in the United States in the 18th Century
Dunbar Settlers in the United States in the 19th Century
The Dunbar Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Dunbar Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.
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