Demers History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Early Origins of the Demers family

The surname Demers was first found in Cheshire where they held a family seat as Lords of the Manor. After the Battle of Hastings in 1066, William, Duke of Normandy, having prevailed over King Harold, granted most of Britain to his many victorious Barons. It was not uncommon to find a Baron, or a Bishop, with 60 or more Lordships scattered throughout the country. These he gave to his sons, nephews and other junior lines of his family and they became known as under-tenants. They adopted the Norman system of surnames which identified the under-tenant with his holdings so as to distinguish him from the senior stem of the family. After many rebellious wars between his Barons, Duke William, commissioned a census of all England to determine in 1086, settling once and for all, who held which land. He called the census the Domesday Book, [1] indicating that those holders registered would hold the land until the end of time. Hence, conjecturally, the surname is descended from the tenant of the lands of Mere, and Norman noble named Mera, who held from Gilbert de Venables, originally of Venables near Evreux in Normandy, who was recorded in the Domesday Book census of 1086. Gilbert's main barony in Cheshire was at Kinderton, which he held from Hugh Lupus (The Wolf,) Earl of Chester.

Important Dates for the Demers family

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Demers Spelling Variations

Spelling variations of this family name include: DeMeer, DeMere, Deemer, Deamer, Demer, Demers, Deem, Deam, Delamere, Demera, Demur, Demurr and many more.

Early Notables of the Demers family (pre 1700)

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Demers migration to the United States

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Demers Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Pierre Demers, who landed in South Carolina in 1755 [2]
Demers Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • M. Demers, who settled in San Francisco in 1850
  • Louis Demers, who settled in Oregon in 1852
Demers Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
  • Albert Demers, aged 40, who arrived in New York in 1903 aboard the ship "Cymric" from Liverpool, England [3]
  • Leandre Arthur Demers, aged 58, who arrived in New York in 1920 aboard the ship "Canadian Pioneer" from Buenos Aires, Argentina [4]
  • Pierre P. Demers, aged 45, who arrived in New York in 1921 aboard the ship "Aeolus" from Rio De Janeiro [5]
  • Maria Demers, aged 35, originally from Havre, France, who arrived in New York in 1921 aboard the ship "France" from Le Havre, France [6]

Demers migration to Canada

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Demers Settlers in Canada in the 17th Century
  • Etienne Demers, who arrived in Quebec in 1644
  • Andre Demers, who arrived in Montreal in 1651
Demers Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century
  • Father Demers, who was living in Quebec in 1848

Contemporary Notables of the name Demers (post 1700)

  • Donnie Demers, American songwriter, pianist and record producer
  • Jimmy Demers, American singer and songwriter
  • Modeste Demers (1809-1871), Canadian-born, American Roman Catholic Bishop and missionary in the Oregon Country
  • William C. DeMers, American Democrat politician, Alternate Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Arkansas, 1956 [7]
  • Roland J. Demers, American Democrat politician, Postmaster at Woodstock Valley, Connecticut, 1963-86 [7]
  • Robert Demers, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Massachusetts, 2008 [7]
  • Raymond Demers, American Democrat politician, Candidate for New Hampshire State House of Representatives from Dover 4th Ward, 1938 [7]
  • Pierre Paul Demers, American politician, U.S. Consul in Port Limon, 1905; Barranquilla, 1907; Bahia, 1909 [7]
  • Odilon Demers, American Republican politician, Candidate for New Hampshire State Senate 19th District, 1916 [7]
  • James M. Demers, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from New Hampshire, 2000, 2008; Presidential Elector for New Hampshire, 2012 [7]
  • ... (Another 13 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Citations

  1. ^ Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds., Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8)
  2. ^ Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
  3. ^ "New York Passenger Arrival Lists (Ellis Island), 1892-1924," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:JFRP-M2Z : 6 December 2014), Albert Demers, 29 Jun 1903; citing departure port Liverpool, arrival port New York, ship name Cymric, NARA microfilm publication T715 and M237 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.).
  4. ^ "New York Passenger Arrival Lists (Ellis Island), 1892-1924," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:J6DY-M3P : 6 December 2014), Leandre Arthur Demers, 18 May 1920; citing departure port Buenos Aires, arrival port New York, ship name Canadian Pioneer, NARA microfilm publication T715 and M237 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.).
  5. ^ "New York Passenger Arrival Lists (Ellis Island), 1892-1924," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:J6VQ-SM2 : 6 December 2014), Pierre P. Demers, 01 Dec 1921; citing departure port Rio De Janeiro, arrival port New York, ship name Aeolus, NARA microfilm publication T715 and M237 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.).
  6. ^ "New York Passenger Arrival Lists (Ellis Island), 1892-1924," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:J62D-9M6 : 6 December 2014), Maria Demers, 11 Oct 1921; citing departure port Le Havre, France, arrival port New York, ship name France, NARA microfilm publication T715 and M237 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.).
  7. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2016, January 15) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html
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