Dammper History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms
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The name Dammper was carried to England in the enormous movement of people that followed the Norman Conquest of 1066. The Dammper family lived in Lincolnshire and Yorkshire. The family was originally from Dampiere and Orne, Normandy.  
Early Origins of the Dammper family
The surname Dammper was first found in Lincolnshire where Richard de Damper was first listed in the Hundredorum Rolls of 1273. 
However another source claims to have earlier entries for the family in Yorkshire: William de Damper 1225; and William Damper 1229. 
Early History of the Dammper family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Dammper research. Another 86 words (6 lines of text) covering the years 1229, 1273, 1802, 1651, 1715, 1652, 1668 and 1672 are included under the topic Early Dammper History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Dammper Spelling Variations
Endless spelling variations are a prevailing characteristic of Norman surnames. Old and Middle English lacked any definite spelling rules, and the introduction of Norman French added an unfamiliar ingredient to the English linguistic stew. French and Latin, the languages of the court, also influenced spellings. Finally, Medieval scribes generally spelled words according to how they sounded, so one person was often referred to by different spellings in different documents. The name has been spelled Dampier, Damper, Demper, Dempier, Dammper, Dammpier, Dampere, Dampar, Dampir, Dampare, Dampire, Dammpare and many more.
Early Notables of the Dammper family (pre 1700)
Outstanding amongst the family at this time was William Dampier (1651-1715), an English buccaneer, sea captain, author and scientific observer, the first Englishman to explore sections of New Holland (Australia) and also the first person to circumnavigate the world three times, eponym of Dampier, Australia. He was the "son of a tenant-farmer at East Coker, near Yeovil, was baptised on 8 June 1652. His father died ten years afterwards; and his mother, who had kept on the farm...
Another 78 words (6 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Dammper Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Dammper family
To escape the political and religious persecution within England at the time, many English families left for the various British colonies abroad. The voyage was extremely difficult, though, and the cramped, dank ships caused many to arrive in the New World diseased and starving. But for those who made it, the trip was most often worth it. Many of the families who arrived went on to make valuable contributions to the emerging nations of Canada and the United States. An inquiry into the early roots of North American families reveals a number of immigrants bearing the name Dammper or a variant listed above: Alex Dampier settled in Virginia in the year 1653.
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: Dominus petra mea
Motto Translation: The Lord is my rock.
- Lower, Mark Anthony, Patronymica Britannica, A Dictionary of Family Names of the United Kingdom. London: John Russel Smith, 1860. Print.
- Bardsley, C.W, A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6)
- Reaney, P.H and R.M. Wilson, A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X)