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Multiple Origins for the Surname Dunbar


Scottish


A Boernician family in ancient Scotland were the ancestors of those who first used the name Dunbar. They lived in the barony of Dunbar on the North Sea coast near Edinburgh. The place name comes from the Gaelic words dùn, meaning "a fort," and barr, meaning "top," or "summit."

Dunbar Early Origins



The surname Dunbar was first found in the barony of Dunbar in the Lothians where they held a family seat from very ancient times; ever since the 11th century, when Cospatrick was deprived of his Earldom of Northumberland by William the Conqueror, and fled to Scotland. There he was granted the lands of Dunbar and Lothian, Cumnock in Ayrshire, and Mochrum in Wigtown by Malcolm Ceanmore, the King of Scotland. Traditionally, the family descend from Crinan of Dunkeld, the Earl of Northumberland, ancestor of both King Duncan I (d. 1040) and the Earls Gospatrick, who were the later the Earls of March. Of this line, Patrick V, Earl of March (c.1285-1369) gave English King Edward II sanctuary at the fortress of Dunbar Castle following the Battle of Bannockburn. He was one of the Scottish nobles, who signed, the declaration of Scottish independence to the Pope dated at Arbroath on 6 April 1320. He was married to the infamous "Black Agnes," (Agnes Dunbar, 4th Countess of Moray), "that brawling boisterous Scottish wench" as an English balladeer had called her. In the Earl's absence, she held Dunbar castle for several months before succumbing to the overwhelming English army in 1337.

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Dunbar Spelling Variations


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Dunbar Spelling Variations



Spelling variations occur frequently in Scottish names that date from the medieval era. They result from a general lack of grammatical rules and the tendency to spell names according to sound. Dunbar has been spelled Dunbarr, Dumbar, Dumbare, Dumber, Dounber, Dunbar, Dounbar and many more.

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Dunbar Early History


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Dunbar Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Dunbar research. Another 263 words (19 lines of text) covering the years 1370, 1457, 1435, 1390, 1465, 1530, 1532, 1490, 1547, 1797 and are included under the topic Early Dunbar History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Dunbar Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Dunbar Early Notables (pre 1700)



Notable amongst the family name during their early history was John Dunbar, Earl of Moray (died 1390), a Scottish nobleman; William Dunbar (c.1465-1530), Scottish poet, Franciscan friar, and later became a diplomatic agent for...

Another 33 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Dunbar Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Dunbar In Ireland


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Dunbar In Ireland



Some of the Dunbar family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 149 words (11 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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The Great Migration


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The Great Migration



In the 20th century, the ancestors of many of those Boernician-Scottish people still populate North America. They distributed themselves on either side of the border at the time of the War of Independence. United Empire Loyalists went north to Canada and those who wanted a new nation stayed south. Both groups went on to found great nations. Some of the first North American settlers with Dunbar name or one of its variants:

Dunbar Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • William Dunbar, who settled in Virginia in 1650
  • Robert Dunbar, who arrived in Hingham, Massachusetts in 1655 [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    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)

Dunbar Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • John Dunbar, who arrived in Virginia in 1716 [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    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)
  • Hancock Dunbar, who landed in Virginia in 1725 [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    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)
  • David Dunbar, who landed in New England in 1729 [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    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)
  • Priscilla Dunbar, who setted in Savannah, Georgia in 1734
  • Priscilla Dunbar, who landed in Savanna(h), Georgia in 1735 [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    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)
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Dunbar Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Mathew Dunbar, who arrived in America in 1807 [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    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)
  • James Dunbar, who arrived in America in 1809 [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    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)
  • George Dunbar, who landed in Georgia in 1835 [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    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)
  • Mr. Dunbar, who arrived in San Francisco, California in 1850 [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    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)
  • A J Dunbar, who landed in San Francisco, California in 1851 [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    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)
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Dunbar Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century

  • Mr. John Dunbarnget U.E. who arrived at Port Roseway [Shelburne], Nova Scotia on October 26, 1783 was passenger number 6 aboard the ship "HMS Clinton", picked up on September 20, 1783 at East River, New York [2]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Rubincam, Milton. The Old United Empire Loyalists List. Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc, 1976. (Originally published as; United Empire Loyalists. The Centennial of the Settlement of Upper Canada. Rose Publishing Company, 1885.) ISBN 0-8063-0331-X
  • Mrs. Ann Dunbarnget U.E. who arrived at Port Roseway [Shelburne], Nova Scotia on October 26, 1783 was passenger number 63 aboard the ship "HMS Clinton", picked up on September 20, 1783 at East River, New York [2]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Rubincam, Milton. The Old United Empire Loyalists List. Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc, 1976. (Originally published as; United Empire Loyalists. The Centennial of the Settlement of Upper Canada. Rose Publishing Company, 1885.) ISBN 0-8063-0331-X
  • Mr. George Dunbar U.E. who settled in Saint John, New Brunswick c. 1784 [2]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Rubincam, Milton. The Old United Empire Loyalists List. Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc, 1976. (Originally published as; United Empire Loyalists. The Centennial of the Settlement of Upper Canada. Rose Publishing Company, 1885.) ISBN 0-8063-0331-X
  • Mr. John Dunbar U.E. who settled in Charlotee County, New Brunswick c. 1784 member of the Port Matoon Association [2]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Rubincam, Milton. The Old United Empire Loyalists List. Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc, 1976. (Originally published as; United Empire Loyalists. The Centennial of the Settlement of Upper Canada. Rose Publishing Company, 1885.) ISBN 0-8063-0331-X
  • William Dunbar, who landed in Nova Scotia in 1784
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Dunbar Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century

  • William Dunbar, aged 61, a carpenter, who arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick aboard the ship "Protector" in 1834
  • Jane Dunbar, aged 4, who landed in Quebec in 1835
  • Margaret Dunbar, aged 6, who arrived in Quebec in 1835
  • Mary Dunbar, aged 40, who landed in Quebec in 1835
  • Mary, Dunbar Jr., aged 30, who arrived in Quebec in 1835
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Dunbar Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • James Dunbar, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Camoena" in 1843 [3]CITATION[CLOSE]
    State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) CAMOENA 1843. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1843Camoena.gif
  • Claudius Dunbar, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Abberton" in 1846 [4]CITATION[CLOSE]
    State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) ABBERTON 1846. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1846Abberton.htm
  • John Dunbar, aged 54, a labourer, who arrived in South Australia in 1860 aboard the ship "Grand Trianon"
  • Anne Dunbar, aged 17, a domestic servant, who arrived in South Australia in 1860 aboard the ship "Grand Trianon"
  • Elizabeth Dunbar, aged 13, a domestic servant, who arrived in South Australia in 1860 aboard the ship "Grand Trianon"
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Contemporary Notables of the name Dunbar (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Dunbar (post 1700)



  • Paul Laurence Dunbar (1872-1906), African-American poet, novelist, and playwright
  • Jim Dunbar (b. 1929), American radio program director, talk show host and news anchor
  • Emmons Burdette Dunbar (1882-1954), American agriculturalist and college football coach
  • Bonita Sue "Bonnie" Dunbar (b. 1948), American former professor in the department of molecular and cell biology at Baylor University
  • William Dunbar (1750-1810), Scottish-born, American merchant, plantation owner, naturalist, astronomer and explorer
  • Dorothy Dunbar Lawson (1902-1992), American silent film actress of the 1920s and socialite [5]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Dorothy Dunbar. (Retrieved 2010, September 27) Dorothy Dunbar. Retrieved from http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dorothy_Dunbar
  • Bonnie Jeanne Dunbar PH.D. (b. 1949), American former NASA Astronaut with over 1,208 hours in space, former president and CEO of The Museum of Flight until April 2010 [6]CITATION[CLOSE]
    NASA Astronauts Homepage. (Retrieved 2010, September 27) Bonnie Dunbar. Retrieved from http://www.jsc.nasa.gov/Bios/htmlbios/dunbar.html
  • Helen Dunbar (1863-1933), American theatrical performer and silent film actress
  • Carl Owen Dunbar (1891-1979), American paleontologist, a specialist in invertebrate fossils, Professor of Geology at Yale University from 1920 until 1959
  • Charles Edward Dunbar Jr. (1888-1959), American civil service reformer
  • ... (Another 24 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Dunbar Historic Events


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Dunbar Historic Events




Halifax Explosion

  • Mr. Alexander  Dunbar (1874-1917), Canadian resident from Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada who died in the Halifax Explosion on 6th December 1917 [7]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Halifax Explosion Book of Remembrance | Maritime Museum of the Atlantic. (Retrieved 2014, June 23) . Retrieved from https://maritimemuseum.novascotia.ca/what-see-do/halifax-explosion/halifax-explosion-book-remembrance

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Suggested Readings for the name Dunbar


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Suggested Readings for the name Dunbar



  • Paul Laurence Dunbar's Roots and Much More: a Scrapbook of His Life and Legacy by Charles Marshall Austin.

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Motto



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: In promptu
Motto Translation: In readiness.


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Dunbar Clan Badge


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Dunbar Clan Badge




Dunbar Clan Badge
Dunbar Clan Badge

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A clan is a social group made up of a number of distinct branch-families that actually descended from, or accepted themselves as descendants of, a common ancestor. The word clan means simply children. The idea of the clan as a community is necessarily based around this idea of heredity and is most often ruled according to a patriarchal structure. For instance, the clan chief represented the hereditary "parent" of the entire clan. The most prominent example of this form of society is the Scottish Clan system...

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Septs of the Distinguished Name Dunbar
Bunbar, Bunber, Bunbor, Dounbar, Dounber, Dounbor, Dumbar, Dumbare, Dumber, Dumbor, Dunbar, Dunbarr, Dunber, Dunbor and more.

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  1. ^ 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)
  2. ^ Rubincam, Milton. The Old United Empire Loyalists List. Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc, 1976. (Originally published as; United Empire Loyalists. The Centennial of the Settlement of Upper Canada. Rose Publishing Company, 1885.) ISBN 0-8063-0331-X
  3. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) CAMOENA 1843. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1843Camoena.gif
  4. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) ABBERTON 1846. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1846Abberton.htm
  5. ^ Dorothy Dunbar. (Retrieved 2010, September 27) Dorothy Dunbar. Retrieved from http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dorothy_Dunbar
  6. ^ NASA Astronauts Homepage. (Retrieved 2010, September 27) Bonnie Dunbar. Retrieved from http://www.jsc.nasa.gov/Bios/htmlbios/dunbar.html
  7. ^ Halifax Explosion Book of Remembrance | Maritime Museum of the Atlantic. (Retrieved 2014, June 23) . Retrieved from https://maritimemuseum.novascotia.ca/what-see-do/halifax-explosion/halifax-explosion-book-remembrance

Other References

  1. Donaldson, Gordon and Robert S. Morpeth. Who's Who In Scotish History. Wales: Welsh Academic Press, 1996. Print. (ISBN 186057-0054).
  2. Burke, John Bernard Ed. The Roll of Battle Abbey. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  3. Fulton, Alexander. Scotland and Her Tartans: The Romantic Heritage of the Scottish Clans and Families. Godalming: Bramley, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-86283-880-0).
  4. Catholic Directory For Scotland. Glasgow: Burns Publications. Print.
  5. Filby, P. William and Mary K Meyer. Passenger and Immigration Lists Index in Four Volumes. Detroit: Gale Research, 1985. Print. (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8).
  6. Moncrieffe, Sir Ian of That Ilk and Don Pottinger. Clan Map Scotland of Old. Edinburgh: Bartholomew and Son, 1983. Print.
  7. Bolton, Charles Knowles. Scotch Irish Pioneers In Ulster and America. Montana: Kessinger Publishing. Print.
  8. Paul, Sir James Balfour. An Ordinary of Arms Contained in the Public Register of All Arms and Bearings in Scotland Second Edition. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1903. Print.
  9. Weis, Frederick Lewis, Walter Lee Sheppard and David Faris. Ancestral Roots of Sixty Colonists Who Came to New England Between 1623 and 1650 7th Edition. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0806313676).
  10. Hinde, Thomas Ed. The Domesday Book England's Heritage Then and Now. Surrey: Colour Library Books, 1995. Print. (ISBN 1-85833-440-3).
  11. ...

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