Dauntre History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The name Dauntre reached English shores for the first time with the ancestors of the Dauntre family as they migrated following the Norman Conquest of 1066. The Dauntre family lived in Gloucestershire. The surname is probably derived from the local name Davenant.

Early Origins of the Dauntre family

The surname Dauntre 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 Dauntre family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Dauntre research. Another 118 words (8 lines of text) covering the years 1815 and 1875 are included under the topic Early Dauntre History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Dauntre 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 Dauntre, Dauntree, Dauntrees, Dauntrey, Dauntry, Daunt and many more.

Early Notables of the Dauntre family (pre 1700)

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Ireland Migration of the Dauntre family to Ireland

Some of the Dauntre family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. More information about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Migration of the Dauntre family

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 Dauntre name or one of its variants: Jasper Dauntrees who settled in Maryland in 1684.

The Dauntre 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.

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