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Dampire History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The name Dampire reached English shores for the first time with the ancestors of the Dampire family as they migrated following the Norman Conquest of 1066. The Dampire 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 Dampire family

The surname Dampire 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 Dampire family

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Dampire Spelling Variations

Anglo-Norman names tend to be marked by an enormous number of spelling variations. This is largely due to the fact that Old and Middle English lacked any spelling rules when Norman French was introduced in the 11th century. The languages of the English courts at that time were French and Latin. These various languages mixed quite freely in the evolving social milieu. The final element of this mix is that medieval scribes spelled words according to their sounds rather than any definite rules, so a name was often spelled in as many different ways as the number of documents it appeared in. The name was spelled Dampier, Damper, Demper, Dempier, Dammper, Dammpier, Dampere, Dampar, Dampir, Dampare, Dampire, Dammpare and many more.

Early Notables of the Dampire family (pre 1700)

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Migration of the Dampire family to the New World and Oceana

Because of the political and religious discontent in England, families began to migrate abroad in enormous numbers. Faced with persecution and starvation at home, the open frontiers and generally less oppressive social environment of the New World seemed tantalizing indeed to many English people. The trip was difficult, and not all made it unscathed, but many of those who did get to Canada and the United States made important contributions to the young nations in which they settled. Some of the first North American settlers with Dampire name or one of its variants: Alex Dampier settled in Virginia in the year 1653.

The Dampire 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.

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