Deas History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms 

The tale of the name Deas begins with a family who lived in Angus (in the modern region of Tayside), and claim descent from Gaelic MacDhai, son of David.

Early Origins of the Deas family

The surname Deas was first found in Angus (Gaelic: Aonghas), part of the Tayside region of northeastern Scotland, and present day Council Area of Angus, formerly known as Forfar or Forfarshire, where they were descended from the Gaelic MacDhai, son of David. From the 13th century onward the name was anglicized MacDavid, Davidson, Deasson and Deas. The branches using Deas and Deasson settled in Angus and in Banffshire at the end of the fifteenth century.

Important Dates for the Deas family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Deas research. Another 72 words (5 lines of text) covering the years 1611, 1627, 1638, 1677, 1683, and 1804 are included under the topic Early Deas History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Deas Spelling Variations

Before the first dictionaries appeared in the last few hundred years, scribes spelled according to sound. spelling variations are common among Scottish names. Deas has been spelled Deas, Dease, Deasey, Deasy, Dais, Daes, Deasson, Deason, Dasone and many more.

Early Notables of the Deas family (pre 1700)

More information is included under the topic Early Deas Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Migration of the Deas family to Ireland

Some of the Deas family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
Another 30 words (2 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Deas migration to the United States

In those unstable times, many had no choice but to leave their beloved homelands. Sickness and poverty hounded travelers to North America, but those who made it were welcomed with land and opportunity. These settlers gave the young nations of Canada and the United States a strong backbone as they stood up for their beliefs as United Empire Loyalists and in the American War of Independence. In this century, the ancestors of these brave Scots have begun to recover their illustrious heritage through Clan societies and other heritage organizations. Early passenger and immigration lists reveal many Scottish settlers bearing the name Deas:

Deas Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • Manniwell Deas, who arrived in Maryland in 1665 [1]
Deas Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • William Deas, who landed in Charleston, South Carolina in 1769 [1]
Deas Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • John Deas, who landed in Charleston, South Carolina in 1824 [1]

Contemporary Notables of the name Deas (post 1700)

  • Charles Deas (1818-1867), American painter
  • Zachariah Cantey Deas (1819-1882), prominent Southern United States cotton broker and soldier
  • Justin Deas (b. 1948), American actor
  • Edmund Deas, American Republican politician, Candidate for U.S. Representative from South Carolina 6th District, 1890 [2]
  • E. H. Deas, American Republican politician, Delegate to Republican National Convention from South Carolina, 1884, 1888, 1900, 1904 [2]
  • David Deas (1771-1822), American politician, Member of South Carolina State House of Representatives, 1794-95, 1800-08; Intendant of Charleston, South Carolina, 1802-03 [2]
  • Brian Deas (b. 1965), Scottish professional golfer
  • Sir David Deas (1807-1876), Scottish medical officer in the Royal Navy
  • Sir George Deas (1804-1887), Scottish judge
  • Paul Andrew Deas (b. 1972), retired Scottish professional footballer
  • ... (Another 7 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Citations

  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. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, December 1) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html
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