Show ContentsDaunt History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The name Daunt reached England in the great wave of migration following the Norman Conquest of 1066. The Daunt family lived in Gloucestershire. The surname is probably derived from the local name Davenant.

Early Origins of the Daunt family

The surname Daunt was first found in Gloucestershire where they held a family seat from very early times where they were Lords of the manor of Owlpen. These lands were granted during the time of the Norman Conquest in 1066 A.D. They were descended from a Norman noble, Dauntre, who was mentioned in the Battle Abbey Roll of those present at the Battle of Hastings in 1066 A.D.

Early History of the Daunt family

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Daunt Spelling Variations

Before the advent of the printing press and the first dictionaries, the English language was not standardized. Sound was what guided spelling in the Middle Ages, so one person's name was often recorded under several variations during a single lifetime. Spelling variations were common, even among the names of the most literate people. Known variations of the Daunt family name include Dauntre, Dauntree, Dauntrees, Dauntrey, Dauntry, Daunt and many more.

Early Notables of the Daunt family (pre 1700)

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Ireland Migration of the Daunt family to Ireland

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Migration of the Daunt family

To escape the political and religious chaos of this era, thousands of English families began to migrate to the New World in search of land and freedom from religious and political persecution. The passage was expensive and the ships were dark, crowded, and unsafe; however, those who made the voyage safely were encountered opportunities that were not available to them in their homeland. Many of the families that reached the New World at this time went on to make important contributions to the emerging nations of the United States and Canada. Research into various historical records has revealed some of first members of the Daunt family to immigrate North America: Jasper Dauntrees who settled in Maryland in 1684.

Contemporary Notables of the name Daunt (post 1700) +

  • Robert J. Daunt, American Republican politician, Candidate for Michigan State House of Representatives 49th District, 2012
  • Sir Timothy Lewis Achilles Daunt KCMG (1935-2023), British diplomat, 26th Lieutenant Governor of the Isle of Man (1995-2000)
  • Achilles Daunt (1832-1878), Irish Dean of Cork, eldest son of Achilles Daunt of Tracton Abbey, co. Cork, who died 28 Aug. 1871 [1]
  • Patrick Eldon Daunt, Principal Administrator, Education and Training of European Communities
  • Colonel John Charles Campbell Daunt (1832-1886), recipient of the Victoria Cross

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The Daunt 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: Vigilo Et Spero
Motto Translation: I watch and hope.

  1. Wikisource contributors. "Dictionary of National Biography, 1885-1900." Wikisource . Wikisource , 4 Jun. 2018. Web. 30 June 2020
  2. HMAS Sydney II, Finding Sydney Foundation - Roll of Honour. (Retrieved 2014, April 24) . Retrieved from on Facebook