The ancient Pictish-Scottish family that first used the name Dandemore lived on the lands of Dundemore in Fife
where the family has a long and distinguished history dating back to the early Middle Ages.
Early Origins of the Dandemore family
The surname Dandemore was first found in Fife
, in the territories of Dundemore, near Lindores. One of the first records of the name was Henry de Dundemore who witnessed a confirmation charter by John, Earl of Huntigdoun of land in Kynalchmund to the Abbey of Arboirath c. 1219 and later witnessed another charter by the same earl granting lands of Lundors to the monks of Lindores (c.1232-1237.) CITATION[CLOSE]
Black, George F., The Surnames of Scotland Their Origin, Meaning and History. New York: New York Public Library, 1946. Print. (ISBN 0-87104-172-3)
In 1296, the Ragman Rolls listed Patrik de Dundemor and William de Dundemor as landholders in Fife.
Early History of the Dandemore family
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Dandemore Spelling Variations
The arts of spelling and translation were yet in their infancies when surnames began, so there are an enormous number of spelling variations
of the names in early Scottish records. This is a particular problem with Scottish names because of the numerous times a name might have been loosely translated to English from Gaelic and back. Dandemore has been spelled Dinsmore, Dinsmuir, Dunsmore, Dansmore, Dunmuir and many more.
Early Notables of the Dandemore family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Dandemore family to Ireland
Some of the Dandemore family moved to Ireland
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Migration of the Dandemore family to the New World and Oceana
This oppression forced many Scots to leave their homelands. Most of these chose North America as their destination. Although the journey left many sick and poor, these immigrants were welcomed the hardy with great opportunity. Many of these settlers stood up for their newfound freedom in the American War of Independence
. More recently, Scots abroad have recovered much of their collective heritage through highland games and other patriotic functions and groups. An examination of passenger and immigration lists has located various settlers bearing the name Dandemore: James Dunsmore who settled in New England
in 1652. Dunsmore of Virginia represented the colony in 1772. William Dunsmore settled in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1872.
The Dandemore 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: Spes anchora tuta
Motto Translation: Hope is a safe anchor.