Darter History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The name Darter was brought to England in the wave of migration that followed the Norman Conquest of 1066. The Darter family lived in Devon, near the river Dart, from which the surname derives. [1]

Early Origins of the Darter family

The surname Darter was first found in Devon where they held a family seat from very early times.

Early History of the Darter family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Darter research. Another 129 words (9 lines of text) covering the years 1086, 1730 and 1730 are included under the topic Early Darter History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Darter Spelling Variations

Spelling variations in names were a common occurrence in the eras before English spelling was standardized a few hundred years ago. In the Middle Ages, even the literate regularly changed the spellings of their names as the English language incorporated elements of French, Latin, and other European languages. Many variations of the name Darter have been found, including Dart, Darte, Darth and others.

Early Notables of the Darter family (pre 1700)

Outstanding amongst the family at this time was John Dart (d. 1730), English antiquary, "bred an attorney, but meeting with little success in that profession, he turned to the church as a means...
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Migration of the Darter family

For many English families, the social climate in England was oppressive and lacked opportunity for change. For such families, the shores of Ireland, Australia, and the New World beckoned. They left their homeland at great expense in ships that were overcrowded and full of disease. Many arrived after the long voyage sick, starving, and without a penny. But even those were greeted with greater opportunity than they could have experienced back home. Numerous English settlers who arrived in the United States and Canada at this time went on to make important contributions to the developing cultures of those countries. Many of those families went on to make significant contributions to the rapidly developing colonies in which they settled. Early North American records indicate many people bearing the name Darter were among those contributors: Ambrose Dart settled in Boston, Massachusetts about the year 1640; and Richard Dart settled in New London in the year 1664; Jane Dart settled in Bermuda in 1635.

Citations

  1. ^ Lowe, Mark Anthony, Patronymica Britannica, A Dictionary of Family Names of the United Kingdom. London: John Russel Smith, 1860. Print.
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