Dampierre History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms
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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.  
Early Origins of the Dampierre family
The surname Dampierre was first found in Lincolnshire where Richard de Damper was first listed in the Hundredorum Rolls of 1273. 
However another source claims to have earlier entries for the family in Yorkshire: William de Damper 1225; and William Damper 1229. 
Early History of the Dampierre family
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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)
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 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 
- Achille Pierre Henri Picot de Dampierre, French Brigadier General during the French Revolutionary and Napoleonic Wars from 1789 to 1815 
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The Dampierre 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.
- ^ Lowe, Mark Anthony, Patronymica Britannica, A Dictionary of Family Names of the United Kingdom. London: John Russel Smith, 1860. Print.
- ^ Bardsley, C.W, A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6)
- ^ Reaney, P.H and R.M. Wilson, A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X)
- ^ 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
- ^ 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