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Where did the French Demarest family come from? What is the French Demarest family crest and coat of arms? When did the Demarest family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Demarest family history?

The Demarest surname is a habitational name derived from any of several places named with the Old French words "mareis," or "maresc," meaning "marsh."

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Spelling variations of this family name include: Desmarais, Demarais, Des Marais, Desmarets, Desmarés, Desmareys, Desmaray, Desmaraie, Desmarest, Desmaret, Desmarets, Démarais, Démarets, Démarey, Démareys, Démarés, Démarey, Démaré, Démarés, Démarée, Démarées, Démaraie, Démaray, Maret, Marest, Marais, Mareys, Marets, Marest, Mares, Marays, Marrey, Mareys, Marées, Des Marest, Des Maret, Des Marets, Des Marez, De Marest, Du Marest, Du Marais, Du Marrey, Du Mareys, Du Mares, Du Marays, Du Mareys, Du Marées and many more.

First found in Cambray, Normandy (French: Normandie), the former Duchy of Normandy, where ancestors of the family belonged to the house of Bousis.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Demarest research. Another 593 words(42 lines of text) covering the years 1096, 1113, 1108, 1429, 1360, 1682, 1519, 1567, 1518, 1604, 1696, 1500, 1696, 1108, 1595, 1676, 1648, 1721, 1604, 1686, 1648, 1721, 1662, 1714, 1647, 1709, 1656 and 1728 are included under the topic Early Demarest History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Another 273 words(20 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Demarest Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Demarest Settlers in the United States in the 17th Century


  • David DeMarest, who arrived in New York in 1663
  • David Demarest, who arrived in New York in 1663

Demarest Settlers in the United States in the 19th Century


  • I Demarest, who arrived in San Francisco, California in 1850

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  • William Demarest (1892-1983), American character actor
  • Arthur Andrew Demarest, American anthropologist and archaeologist
  • Calvin W. Demarest (1886-1925), American national amateur and professional carom billiards champion
  • David P. Demarest, American academic and writer
  • Clifford Demarest (1874-1946), American composer
  • William Henry Steele Demarest (1863-1956), American educator, the 11th President of Rutgers College
  • Rosemary Regina Demarest, chief librarian for Price Waterhouse & Co., New York City


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  7. Browning, Charles H. Americans of Royal Descent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  8. Samuelsen, W. David. New York City Passenger List Manifests Index 1820 - 1824. North Salt Lake, Utah: Accelerated Indexing Systems International, 1986. Print.
  9. Matthews, John. Matthews' American Armoury and Blue Book. London: John Matthews, 1911. Print.
  10. Zieber, Eugene. Heraldry in America. Philadelphia: Genealogical Publishing Co. Print.
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The Demarest Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Demarest 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.

This page was last modified on 17 July 2014 at 11:23.

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