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

The forbears of the name Dunlap are thought to be of the ancient Scottish kingdom of Dalriada. The name indicates that the first bearer lived in the lands of Dunlop in the district of Cunningham. Until the mid-19th century, the name was locally pronounced Delap or Dulap.


Medieval spelling was at best an intuitive process, and translation between Gaelic and English was no more effective. These factors caused an enormous number of spelling variations in Dalriadan names. In fact, it was not uncommon to see a father and son who spelled their name differently. Over the years, Dunlap has been spelled Dunlop, Dunlap, Dunlope, Delap and others.

First found in Ayrshire (Gaelic: Siorrachd Inbhir Àir), formerly a county in the southwestern Strathclyde region of Scotland, that today makes up the Council Areas of South, East, and North Ayrshire, where one of the first records of the name was Dominius Willelmus de Dunlop who was listed as a witness to an indenture in 1260. Interestingly, the original document was lost but a notarial copy was made in 1444. The Ragman Rolls list Neill Fitz-Robert de Dunlop.


This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Dunlap research. Another 567 words (40 lines of text) covering the years 1296, 1496, 1564, 1663, 1665, 1677, 1745, 1620, 1667, 1654, 1700, 1690, 1700, 1692, 1720, 1684, 1747, 1706 and are included under the topic Early Dunlap History in all our PDF Extended History products.


Another 131 words (9 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Dunlap Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.


Some of the Dunlap family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 101 words (7 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products.


Many settled along the east coast of what would become the United States and Canada. As the American War of Independence broke out, those who remained loyal to the crown went north to Canada as United Empire Loyalists. The ancestors of all of these hardy Dalriadan-Scottish settlers began to recover their collective history in the 20th century with the advent of the vibrant culture fostered by highland games and Clan societies in North America. Highland games, clan societies, and other organizations generated much renewed interest in Scottish heritage in the 20th century. The Dunlap were among the earliest of the Scottish settlers as immigration passenger lists have shown:

Dunlap Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Archibald Dunlap, who landed in New England in 1741
  • Sarah Dunlap, who landed in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1772
  • Thomas Dunlap, who arrived in South Carolina in 1772
  • James Dunlap, who arrived in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1799

Dunlap Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Abraham Dunlap, who arrived in New York in 1801
  • Mich Dunlap, who landed in America in 1806
  • Michael Dunlap, aged 23, arrived in New York, NY in 1806
  • Robert Dunlap, who arrived in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1808
  • Thomas, Dunlap Jr., who arrived in Washington County, Pennsylvania in 1810

Dunlap Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century

  • Mr. Jeremiah Dunn U.E. who settled in Belle Vue, Beaver Harboutr, Charlotte County, New Brunswick c. 1783


  • Dawn Dunlap (b. 1962), American actress, best known for her leading role in the movie Laura (1979)
  • David Lewis Dunlap (1877-1954), American football player; coach of football, basketball, and baseball at Kenyon College and the University of North Dakota
  • Benjamin Bernard "Bernie" Dunlap (b. 1937), American author and academic, President of Wofford College (2000-)
  • Scott Michael Dunlap (b. 1963), American PGA professional golfer
  • Paul Dunlap (1919-2010), American composer, best known for his scores in more than 200 films
  • Ericka Dunlap (b. 1981), Miss America 2004, the first African American woman to be crowned Miss Florida
  • Alison Dunlap (b. 1969), American two-time Olympic cyclist
  • Frederick C. "Sure Shot" Dunlap (1859-1902), American Major League Baseball second baseman who played from 1880 to 1891
  • Adams Dunlap, American Democrat politician, Presidential Elector for Illinois, 1832
  • Charles Dunlap, American Republican politician, Member of Wisconsin State Assembly from Walworth County, 1875



  • The Dunlap-Kimbrough-Gilbert Book by Sara Ada Rasco Crumpton.

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: Merito
Motto Translation: With merit.


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

This page was last modified on 24 November 2015 at 10:12.

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