The history of the name Dearment goes back those Anglo-Saxon
tribes that once ruled over Britain. Such a name was given to a brave or bold man. Further research revealed that the name is derived from the word deor,
which meant wild animal, or brave, or bold, and mann,
for man. Thus, the name meant "wild man," or "brave man." Conflicting records show the name was a baptismal in origin as in the son of Dereman
and evidence points to the Domesday Book
where Dereman and Derman was found. In the scenario, the name was an expression of affection.
Early Origins of the Dearment family
The surname Dearment was first found in Essex
where they held a family seat
from very ancient times, some say well before the Norman Conquest
and the arrival of Duke William at Hastings in 1066 A.D.
Early History of the Dearment family
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Dearment Spelling Variations
Sound was what guided spelling in the essentially pre-literate Middle Ages, so one person's name was often recorded under several variations during a single lifetime. Also, before the advent of the printing press and the first dictionaries, the English language was not standardized. Therefore, spelling variations
were common, even among the names of the most literate people. Known variations of the Dearment family name include Dearman, Deerman, Dereman, Derman, Durman and others.
Early Notables of the Dearment family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Dearment family to the New World and Oceana
For political, religious, and economic reasons, thousands of English families boarded ships for Ireland
, the Canadas, the America colonies, and many of smaller tropical colonies in the hope of finding better lives abroad. Although the passage on the cramped, dank ships caused many to arrive in the New World diseased and starving, those families that survived the trip often went on to make valuable contributions to those new societies to which they arrived. Investigation of the origins of family names on the North American continent has revealed that early immigrants bearing the name Dearment or a variant listed above: Charles Dearman who settled in Philadelphia in 1858; Henry and Joseph Dearmon settled in Willington Del. in 1789; James Dearmand settled in Barnstable Massachusetts in 1822..