The name Dampier reached England
in the great wave of migration following the Norman Conquest
of 1066. The Dampier 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 Dampier family
The surname Dampier 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 Dampier family
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Dampier Spelling Variations
Before the advent of the printing press and the first dictionaries, the English language was not standardized. Sound was what guided spelling in the Middle Ages, so one person's name was often recorded under several variations during a single lifetime. Spelling variations
were common, even among the names of the most literate people. Known variations of the Dampier family name include Dampier, Damper, Demper, Dempier, Dammper, Dammpier, Dampere, Dampar, Dampir, Dampare, Dampire, Dammpare and many more.
Early Notables of the Dampier family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Dampier family to the New World and Oceana
To escape the political and religious chaos of this era, thousands of English families began to migrate to the New World in search of land and freedom from religious and political persecution. The passage was expensive and the ships were dark, crowded, and unsafe; however, those who made the voyage safely were encountered opportunities that were not available to them in their homeland. Many of the families that reached the New World at this time went on to make important contributions to the emerging nations of the United States and Canada. Research into various historical records has revealed some of first members of the Dampier family to immigrate North America:
Dampier Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
- Alex Dampier, who settled in Virginia in the year 1653
- Christopher Dampier, aged 49, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Phoebe Dunbar" between 1841 and 1850
- Matilda Dampier, aged 45, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Phoebe Dunbar" between 1841 and 1850
- M. Catherine Dampier, aged 12, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Phoebe Dunbar" between 1841 and 1850
Contemporary Notables of the name Dampier (post 1700)
- Erick Travez Dampier (b. 1975), American professional NBA basketball player
- Louis "Louie" Dampier (b. 1944), American retired professional NBA basketball player
- J. T. Dampier, American politician, Mayor of Adel, Georgia, 1944-49 CITATION[CLOSE]
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- Thomas Dampier (1748-1812), English clergyman, Bishop of Rochester (1802-1809) and Bishop of Ely (1808-1812)
- Alfred Dampier (1847-1908), English-born, Australian actor, manager and playwright
- John Dampier (1750-1826), English amateur cricketer who made three appearances in first-class cricket matches (1785-1787)
- Sir William Cecil Dampier FRS (1867-1952), British scientist, agriculturist, and science historian
- Robert Dampier (1799-1874), British artist and clergyman
- Alex "Damps" Dampier (1951-1951), Canadian retired professional ice hockey player and coach, inducted into the British Ice Hockey Hall of Fame
- Claude Dampier (1879-1955), British film actor who appeared in 23 titles from 1924 through 1954
The Dampier 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.