The name Dampar was brought to England
in the great wave of migration following the Norman Conquest
of 1066. The Dampar family lived in Lincolnshire
. The family was originally from Dampiere and Orne, Normandy
, and it is from the former location that their surname derives.
Early Origins of the Dampar family
The surname Dampar was first found in Lincolnshire
where they had been granted lands by William the Conqueror for their assistance at the Battle of Hastings in 1066 A.D.
Early History of the Dampar family
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Dampar Spelling Variations
Norman surnames are characterized by a multitude of spelling variations
. The frequent changes in surnames are largely due to the fact that the Old and Middle English languages lacked definite spelling rules. The introduction of Norman French to England
, as well as the official court languages of Latin and French, also had pronounced influences on the spelling of surnames. Since medieval scribes and church officials recorded names as they sounded, rather than adhering to any specific spelling rules, it was common to find the same individual referred to with different spellings. The name has been spelled Dampier, Damper, Demper, Dempier, Dammper, Dammpier, Dampere, Dampar, Dampir, Dampare, Dampire, Dammpare and many more.
Early Notables of the Dampar family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Dampar family to the New World and Oceana
Many English families emigrated to North American colonies in order to escape the political chaos in Britain at this time. Unfortunately, many English families made the trip to the New World under extremely harsh conditions. Overcrowding on the ships caused the majority of the immigrants to arrive diseased, famished, and destitute from the long journey across the stormy Atlantic. Despite these hardships, many of the families prospered and went on to make invaluable contributions to the development of the cultures of the United States and Canada. Early North American immigration records have revealed a number of people bearing the name Dampar or a variant listed above: Alex Dampier settled in Virginia in the year 1653.
The Dampar 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: Dominus petra mea
Motto Translation: The Lord is my rock.