Dampierre History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Dampierre is an ancient Norman name that arrived in England after the Norman Conquest of 1066. The Dampierre family lived in Lincolnshire and Yorkshire. The family was originally from Dampiere and Orne, Normandy, and it is from the former location that their surname derives.

Early Origins of the Dampierre family

The surname Dampierre 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.

Important Dates for the Dampierre family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Dampierre research. Another 86 words (6 lines of text) covering the years 1229, 1273, 1802, 1651 and 1715 are included under the topic Early Dampierre History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Dampierre 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 Dampierre family (pre 1700)

Another 44 words (3 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Dampierre Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Migration of the Dampierre family

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 Dampierre or a variant listed above: Alex Dampier settled in Virginia in the year 1653.

Contemporary Notables of the name Dampierre (post 1700)

  • Auguste Marie Henri Picot de Dampierre, French Divisional General during the French Revolutionary and Napoleonic Wars from 1789 to 1815 [1]
  • Achille Pierre Henri Picot de Dampierre, French Brigadier General during the French Revolutionary and Napoleonic Wars from 1789 to 1815 [2]

Citations

  1. ^ Generals Who Served in the French Army during the Period 1789-1815. (Retrieved 2015, February 13) Auguste Dampierre. Retrieved from http://www.napoleon-series.org/research/c_frenchgenerals.html
  2. ^ Generals Who Served in the French Army during the Period 1789-1815. (Retrieved 2015, February 13) Achille Dampierre. Retrieved from http://www.napoleon-series.org/research/c_frenchgenerals.html
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