Damper is a name that was carried to England
in the great wave of migration from Normandy
following the Norman Conquest
of 1066. The Damper 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 Damper family
The surname Damper 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 Damper family
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Damper Spelling Variations
Before English spelling was standardized a few hundred
years ago, spelling variations
of names were a common occurrence. Elements of Latin, Norman French and other languages became incorporated into English throughout the Middle Ages, and name spellings changed even among the literate. The variations of the surname Damper include Dampier, Damper, Demper, Dempier, Dammper, Dammpier, Dampere, Dampar, Dampir, Dampare, Dampire, Dammpare and many more.
Early Notables of the Damper family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Damper family to the New World and Oceana
at this time, the uncertainty of the political and religious environment of the time caused many families to board ships for distant British colonies in the hopes of finding land and opportunity, and escaping persecution. The voyages were expensive, crowded, and difficult, though, and many arrived in North America sick, starved, and destitute. Those who did make it, however, were greeted with greater opportunities and freedoms that they could have experienced at home. Many of those families went on to make important contributions to the young nations in which they settled. Early immigration records have shown some of the first Dampers to arrive on North American shores: Alex Dampier settled in Virginia in the year 1653.
The Damper 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.