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Today's Irish surnames are underpinned by a multitude of rich histories. The name McDermott comes from the Irish Gaelic Mac Diarmada, which means "son of Diarmuid," or, son of Dermot and belongs to the venerable Irish tradition of patronymic
naming. However another source claims the name came from the Irish diarmaid, which meant "the god of arms." CITATION[CLOSE]
O'Hart, John, Irish Pedigress 5th Edition in 2 Volumes. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Company, 1976. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0737-4)
The surname McDermott was first found in County Roscommon
(Irish: Ros Comáin) located in central Ireland
in the province of Connacht
, where the family is believed to have been descended from the Heremon
dynasty of Irish Kings and were known as the Princes of Moylurg, or the Kings of Connacht, known as the Clann Mulroona. Specifically they were descended from Teige, a King of Connacht
and his son, Murtogh, Prince of Moylurg. Their ancient territories were in the counties of Roscommon
. They were divided into three septs. One of the septs embraced English rule early and relatively painlessly, the other two suffered at the hands of Strongbow's invasion in the 12th century. Of the other two septs, the more prominent is based in Coolavin, in Sligo
. This sept was originally found at Moylurg and controlled a large part of Roscommon
. The head of this branch was one of the few leaders who is still credited as an authentic chieftain
by the Genealogical Office of Ireland
, conferring the rightful title The MacDermot. Moreover, the chief is also unofficially styled Prince of Coolavin. The third sept held a family seat
at Kilronan in the north of Roscommon
, and was referred to as MacDermot Roe, from the word ruadh, which means "red."
The recording of names in Ireland during the Middle Ages was an inconsistent endeavor at best. Since the general population did not know how to read or write, they could only specify how their names should be recorded orally. Research into the name McDermott revealed spelling variations, including Dermott, Dermot, Dermitt, Dermit, McDermott, Dermutt, Dermut, MacDermott, McDermot, MacDermot, MacDermitt, McDermitt, MacDermit and many more.
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our McDermott research. Another 237 words (17 lines of text) covering the years 1172, 1251, 1320, 1641, 1592, 1717, 1707 and 1717 are included under the topic Early McDermott History in all our PDF Extended History products
and printed products wherever possible.
Another 36 words (3 lines of text) are included under the topic Early McDermott Notables in all our PDF Extended History products
and printed products wherever possible.
In the 19th century, thousands of Irish left their English-occupied homeland for North Ameri ca.
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 McDermott family came to North America quite early:
McDermott Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
- Angus McDermott, who landed in Maryland in 1716
- Cornelius McDermott, who arrived in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1746
McDermott Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
- Hen McDermott, who landed in America in 1806
- Henry McDermott, aged 23, arrived in New York in 1812
- Thomas McDermott, who arrived in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1816
- Edward McDermott, aged 17, arrived in America in 1822
- Roddy McDermott, who landed in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1823
McDermott Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century
- Andw McDermott, who arrived in Canada in 1812
- Patrick McDermott, aged 23, a farmer, arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick aboard the ship "Edward Reid" in 1833
- Margaret McDermott, aged 21, arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick aboard the ship "Edward Reid" in 1833
- Charles McDermott, aged 24, a labourer, arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick aboard the ship "Edward Reid" in 1833
- James McDermott, aged 24, a labourer, arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick aboard the ship "Edward Reid" in 1833
McDermott Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
- Joseph McDermott arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Salacia" in 1850
- Mary McDermott, aged 18, a servant, arrived in South Australia in 1854 aboard the ship "Lord Raglan"
- John McDermott, aged 29, a labourer, arrived in South Australia in 1855 aboard the ship "Telegraph"
- Margaret McDermott, aged 21, a domestic servant, arrived in South Australia in 1855 aboard the ship "Aliquis"
- Bridget McDermott, aged 21, a domestic servant, arrived in South Australia in 1855 aboard the ship "Aliquis"
McDermott Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
- Deborah McDermott, aged 20, a milliner, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Aurora" in 1840
- Martin P McDermott landed in Auckland, New Zealand in 1841
- Thomas McDermott arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Andrew Jackson" in 1865
- Bridget McDermott arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Andrew Jackson" in 1865
- Patrick McDermott arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Andrew Jackson" in 1865
- James Adelbert "Jim" McDermott (b. 1936), American politician, Member of the U.S. House of Representatives from Washington (1989-)
- Gerald McDermott (1941-2012), American Caldecott Medal-winning filmmaker, creator of children's picture books
- Drew McDermott (b. 1949), American Professor of Computer Science at Yale University, a specialist in the area of artificial intelligence
- Charles Joseph "Charlie" McDermott (b. 1990), American Young Artist Award nominated television and film actor
- William R. McDermott, American businessman, a co-CEO of SAP AG
- Donald "Don" Joseph McDermott (b. 1929), American Olympic speed skater
- Brigadier General Robert F. McDermott (1920-2006), first permanent Dean of the Faculty at the United States Air Force Academy
- Eugene McDermott (1899-1973), American geophysicist and co-founder of first of Geophysical Service and later of Texas Instruments
- Marcus McDermott (1881-1929), Australian-born American Broadway and American film actor
- Maurice Joseph "Mickey" McDermott Jr. (1929-2003), American Major League Baseball left-handed pitcher
McDermott Historic Events
- Mr. Bernard Mcdermott, British Stoker, who sailed in to battle on the HMS Prince of Wales and survived the sinking
- Mr. Thomas Mcdermott, English Fireman from Liverpool, England, who worked aboard the RMS Lusitania and died in the sinking
- Dr. James Farrell Mcdermott, Irish Surgeon from Liverpool, England, who worked aboard the RMS Lusitania and died in the sinking and was recovered
- Mr. Eugene Mcdermott, English Trimmer (promoted to Fireman) from England, who worked aboard the RMS Lusitania and survived the sinking
- Mr. Andrew Mcdermott, English 3rd Class passenger residing in Boston, Massachusetts, USA, who sailed aboard the RMS Lusitania and survived the sinking
- Miss Bridget Delia McDermott, aged 31, Irish Third Class passenger from Lahardane, Mayo who sailed aboard the RMS Titanic and survived in the sinking in life boat 13
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:
Honor probataque virtusMotto Translation:
Honour and approved valour.
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The McDermott Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The McDermott 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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