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

The original Gaelic form of Diamond was O Diamain.


The Middle Ages saw a great number of spelling variations for surnames common to the Irish landscape. One reason for these variations is the fact that surnames were not rigidly fixed by this period. The following variations for the name Diamond were encountered in the archives: Diamond, Dymond, Dyment, Diment, Dymott, Dimont and many more.

First found in County Londonderry (Irish: Doire), a Northern Irish county also known as Derry, in the province of Ulster, where they held a family seat from very ancient times.


This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Diamond research. Another 378 words(27 lines of text) covering the year 1000 is included under the topic Early Diamond History in all our PDF Extended History products.


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


In the 19th century, thousands of Irish left their English-occupied homeland for North America. Like most new world settlers, the Irish initially settled on the eastern shores of the continent but began to move westward with the promise of owning land. The height of this Irish migration came during the Great Potato Famine of the late 1840s. With apparently nothing to lose, Irish people left on ships bound for North America and Australia. Unfortunately a great many of these passengers lost their lives - the only thing many had left - to disease, starvation, and accidents during the long and dangerous journey. Those who did safely arrive in "the land of opportunities" were often used for the hard labor of building railroads, coal mines, bridges, and canals. The Irish were critical to the quick development of the infrastructure of the United States and Canada. Passenger and immigration lists indicate that members of the Diamond family came to North America quite early:

Diamond Settlers in the United States in the 17th Century

  • John Diamond, who settled in Maine in 1620

Diamond Settlers in the United States in the 18th Century

  • Jacob Diamond, who arrived in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1772

Diamond Settlers in the United States in the 19th Century

  • John Diamond, who landed in New York, NY in 1816
  • James Diamond, aged 20, arrived in New York, NY in 1834
  • Neill Diamond, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1836
  • Matthew Diamond, who arrived in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1840
  • Daniel Diamond, who arrived in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1844


  • Jared Mason Diamond (b. 1937), American biologist and physiologist, winner of the Pulitzer Prize for non-fiction in 1997, winner of the National Medal of Science in 1999
  • Private First Class James H Diamond, American soldier awarded the Congressional Medal of Honor in 1945
  • Peter Arthur Diamond (b. 1940), American economist, joint recipient of the Nobel Prize in Economic Sciences in 2010
  • Barry Diamond, American comedian
  • Bernard L. Diamond (1912-1990), American Professor of law and psychiatry
  • David Diamond (1915-2005), American composer
  • Dustin Diamond (b. 1977), American actor
  • Gregg Diamond (1949-1999), American musician
  • I. A. L. Diamond (1920-1988), Romanian-born American film writer
  • Michael Diamond (b. 1965), American musician, member of the Beastie Boys



  • Genealogy of the Dymond (also Diamond), Williams, and Related Families by Robert Herschel Dymond.
  • James Diamond, 1781-1849, and His Descendants by Laura P. Marbut.

The motto was originally a war cry or slogan. Mottoes first began to be shown with arms in the 14th and 15th centuries, but were not in general use until the 17th century. Thus the oldest coats of arms generally do not include a motto. Mottoes seldom form part of the grant of arms: Under most heraldic authorities, a motto is an optional component of the coat of arms, and can be added to or changed at will; many families have chosen not to display a motto.

Motto: Miseris Succurrere Disco
Motto Translation: I learn to succour the distressed.


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  10. Matthews, John. Matthews' American Armoury and Blue Book. London: John Matthews, 1911. Print.
  11. ...

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