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Where did the Irish Diver family come from? What is the Irish Diver family crest and coat of arms? When did the Diver family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Diver family history?Hundreds of years ago, the Gaelic name used by the Diver family in Ireland was O Duibhir and Mac Duibhir. These are both derived from the words dubh, which means black, and odhar or uidhir, which means uncolored.
A name was often recorded during the Middle Ages under several different spelling variations during the life of its bearer because literacy was rare there was no real push to clearly define any of the languages found in the British Isles at that time. Variations found of the name Diver include Dwyer, O'Dwyer, Dwire, Dwier, Dyer and others.
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Diver research. Another 341 words(24 lines of text) covering the years 1473, 1798, 1916, 1842 and 1917 are included under the topic Early Diver History in all our PDF Extended History products.
More information is included under the topic Early Diver Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.
Death and immigration greatly reduced Ireland's population in the 19th century. For the native Irish people poverty, hunger, and racial prejudice was common. Therefore, thousands left their homeland to seek opportunity in North America. Those who survived the journey and the quarantine camps to which they arrived, were instrumental towards building the strong developing nations of the United States and the future Canada. By far, the largest influx of Irish settlers occurred with Great Potato Famine during the late 1840s. These were employed as construction or factory workers. An examination of passenger and immigration lists has shown early immigrants bearing the name Diver:
Diver Settlers in the United States in the 18th Century
Diver Settlers in the United States in the 19th Century
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: Vertus sola nobilitas
Motto Translation: Virtue alone enobles
The Diver Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Diver 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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