Show ContentsDeary History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The ancestors of the Deary family lived among the ancient Anglo-Saxon tribes of Britain. Deary was a name given to a beloved person or as a term of endearment. The surname Deary also derived from the animal deer.

Early Origins of the Deary family

The surname Deary was first found in Bedfordshire (Old English: Bedanfordscir), located in Southeast-central England, formerly part of the Anglo-Saxon kingdom of Mercia, 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 Deary family

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Deary Spelling Variations

Deary has been spelled many different ways. Before English spelling became standardized over the last few hundred years, spelling variations in names were a common occurrence. As the English language changed in the Middle Ages, absorbing pieces of Latin and French, as well as other languages, the spelling of people's names also changed considerably, even over a single lifetime. Many variations of the name Deary have been found, including Dear, Deare, Dere, Deer, Dearie, Deir and others.

Early Notables of the Deary family (pre 1700)

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Ireland Migration of the Deary family to Ireland

Some of the Deary family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
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United States Deary migration to the United States +

In an attempt to escape the chaos experienced in England, many English families boarded overcrowded and diseased ships sailing for the shores of North America and other British colonies. Those families hardy enough, and lucky enough, to make the passage intact were rewarded with land and a social environment less prone to religious and political persecution. Many of these families became important contributors to the young colonies in which they settled. Early immigration and passenger lists have documented some of the first Dearys to arrive on North American shores:

Deary Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • John Deary, aged 36, who arrived in Maryland in 1813 [1]
  • James Deary, who landed in New York, NY in 1816 [1]
  • Daniel Deary, who arrived in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1864 [1]

Australia Deary migration to Australia +

Emigration to Australia followed the First Fleets of convicts, tradespeople and early settlers. Early immigrants include:

Deary Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • Edward Deary, aged 19, a labourer, who arrived in South Australia in 1858 aboard the ship "Confiance" [2]
  • Mr. James Deary, Scottish convict who was convicted in Jedburgh, Scotland for life, transported aboard the "Clyde" on 11th March 1863, arriving in Western Australia, Australia [3]

Contemporary Notables of the name Deary (post 1700) +

  • Peter "Digsy" Deary, English born musician and singer/songwriter from Liverpool
  • John Steele Deary (b. 1962), English former professional footballer who played from 1980 to 2000
  • William Terence "Terry" Deary (b. 1946), English author of history books for children
  • Mr. Ian John Deary O.B.E., F.B.A., F.R.S.E. (b. 1954), Scottish Professor of Differential Psychology and Director of the Centre for Cognitive Ageing and Cognitive Epidemiology at University of Edinburgh, was appointed Officer of the Order of the British Empire on 29th December 2018 for services to the Social Sciences [4]
  • Ian J. Deary, Scottish psychologist and Professor of Differential Psychology at The University of Edinburgh

  1. Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
  2. South Australian Register Tuesday 30th November 1858. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) Confiance 1858. Retrieved
  3. Convict Records Voyages to Australia (Retrieved 25th February 2021). Retrieved from
  4. "Birthday and New Year Honours Lists (1940 to 2019)." Issue 62507, 28 December 2018 | London Gazette, The Gazette, Dec. 2018, on Facebook