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

The name Demuth was brought to England in the great wave of migration following the Norman Conquest of 1066. The Demuth family lived in Methley, Yorkshire. Methley is situated midway between Leeds and Pontefract and the town dates back to Anglo-Saxon times.The village of Methley contains a fine church dating from the 14th century with family tombs and medieval carvings which inspired the sculptures of Henry Moore.

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Norman surnames are characterized by a multitude of spelling variations. The frequent changes in surnames are largely due to the fact that the Old and Middle English languages lacked definite spelling rules. The introduction of Norman French to England, as well as the official court languages of Latin and French, also had pronounced influences on the spelling of surnames. Since medieval scribes and church officials recorded names as they sounded, rather than adhering to any specific spelling rules, it was common to find the same individual referred to with different spellings. The name has been spelled Methley, Methly, Mettley, Meythly, Methelay, Methlay and many more.

First found in Yorkshire from very ancient times. At the taking of the Domesday Book in 1086 the village of Methley, midway between Leeds and Pontefract, was held by Ilbert de Lacy, a Norman noble who accompanied King William in his conquest of England at Hastings in 1066. The village of Methley contains a fine church dating from the 14th century with family tombs and medieval carvings which inspired the sculptures of Henry Moore.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Demuth research. Another 225 words(16 lines of text) covering the years 1379 and 1614 are included under the topic Early Demuth History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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More information is included under the topic Early Demuth Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Many English families emigrated to North American colonies in order to escape the political chaos in Britain at this time. Unfortunately, many English families made the trip to the New World under extremely harsh conditions. Overcrowding on the ships caused the majority of the immigrants to arrive diseased, famished, and destitute from the long journey across the stormy Atlantic. Despite these hardships, many of the families prospered and went on to make invaluable contributions to the development of the cultures of the United States and Canada. Early North American immigration records have revealed a number of people bearing the name Demuth or a variant listed above:

Demuth Settlers in the United States in the 18th Century


  • Hauprich Demuth, who landed in New York in 1709-1710
  • Georg Demuth, who landed in New York in 1709
  • Jacob Demuth, who arrived in New Jersey in 1709
  • Peter Demuth, who arrived in New Jersey in 1709
  • Gotthard Demuth, who landed in Georgia in 1735


Demuth Settlers in the United States in the 19th Century


  • Wolf Demuth, who arrived in America in 1853
  • Isaac Demuth, who landed in America in 1853
  • Jakob Demuth, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1854
  • Anton Demuth, who arrived in Mississippi in 1890

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  • Charles Demuth (1883-1935), American painter


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The Demuth Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Demuth 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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