Dampayer History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The name Dampayer was brought to England in the wave of migration that followed the Norman Conquest of 1066. The Dampayer family lived in Lincolnshire and Yorkshire. The family was originally from Dampiere and Orne, Normandy. [1] [2]

Early Origins of the Dampayer family

The surname Dampayer was first found in Lincolnshire where Richard de Damper was first listed in the Hundredorum Rolls of 1273. [2]

However another source claims to have earlier entries for the family in Yorkshire: William de Damper 1225; and William Damper 1229. [3]

Early History of the Dampayer family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Dampayer 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 Dampayer History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Dampayer Spelling Variations

Spelling variations in names were a common occurrence in the eras before English spelling was standardized a few hundred years ago. In the Middle Ages, even the literate regularly changed the spellings of their names as the English language incorporated elements of French, Latin, and other European languages. Many variations of the name Dampayer have been found, including Dampier, Damper, Demper, Dempier, Dammper, Dammpier, Dampere, Dampar, Dampir, Dampare, Dampire, Dammpare and many more.

Early Notables of the Dampayer 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...
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Migration of the Dampayer family

For many English families, the social climate in England was oppressive and lacked opportunity for change. For such families, the shores of Ireland, Australia, and the New World beckoned. They left their homeland at great expense in ships that were overcrowded and full of disease. Many arrived after the long voyage sick, starving, and without a penny. But even those were greeted with greater opportunity than they could have experienced back home. Numerous English settlers who arrived in the United States and Canada at this time went on to make important contributions to the developing cultures of those countries. Many of those families went on to make significant contributions to the rapidly developing colonies in which they settled. Early North American records indicate many people bearing the name Dampayer were among those contributors: Alex Dampier settled in Virginia in the year 1653.



The Dampayer 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.


  1. ^ Lower, Mark Anthony, Patronymica Britannica, A Dictionary of Family Names of the United Kingdom. London: John Russel Smith, 1860. Print.
  2. ^ Bardsley, C.W, A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6)
  3. ^ Reaney, P.H and R.M. Wilson, A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X)


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