Show ContentsDeas 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. [1]

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.

"James Dais is recorded in Dundee, 1611, and Mr. John Daes in Huntliewood, 1638. James Daes was minister of the church of Ersiltoune, 1643. Andrew Daes, stabler, appears in Edinburgh, 1627, and David Daes, tailor there, 1666." [2]

Early History of the Deas family

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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)

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Deas Ranking

In the United States, the name Deas is the 7,036th most popular surname with an estimated 4,974 people with that name. [3]

Ireland 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.

United States 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 [4]
Deas Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • William Deas, who landed in Charleston, South Carolina in 1769 [4]
Deas Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • John Deas, who landed in Charleston, South Carolina in 1824 [4]

Australia Deas migration to Australia +

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

Deas Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • Mrs. Margaret Deas, (Haddon), (b. 1810), aged 37, Scottish laundress who was convicted in Edinburgh, Scotland for 7 years for larceny, transported aboard the "Cadet" on 4th September 1847, arriving in Tasmania (Van Diemen's Land), she died in 1864 [5]

Contemporary Notables of the name Deas (post 1700) +

  • Lynn Davis Deas (1952-2020), American bridge player ranked second in the World Bridge Federation (WBF) All time Women Ranking by Placement Points
  • Justin Deas (b. 1948), American actor, known for his role as Tom Hughes #10 on As the World Turns, his role as Keith Timmons on Santa Barbara; he held the record for most Daytime Emmy Awards in the acting categories for six Emmys until 2012
  • Charles Deas (1818-1867), American painter
  • Zachariah Cantey Deas (1819-1882), prominent Southern United States cotton broker and soldier
  • Edmund Deas, American Republican politician, Candidate for U.S. Representative from South Carolina 6th District, 1890 [6]
  • E. H. Deas, American Republican politician, Delegate to Republican National Convention from South Carolina, 1884, 1888, 1900, 1904 [6]
  • 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 [6]
  • Brian Deas (b. 1965), Scottish professional golfer
  • Sir David Deas (1807-1876), Scottish medical officer in the Royal Navy
  • Paul Andrew Deas (b. 1972), retired Scottish professional footballer
  • ... (Another 8 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

  1. Harrison, Henry, Surnames of the United Kingdom: A Concise Etymological Dictionary Baltimore: Geneological Publishing Company, 2013. Print
  2. Black, George F., The Surnames of Scotland Their Origin, Meaning and History. New York: New York Public Library, 1946. Print. (ISBN 0-87104-172-3)
  3. "What are the 5,000 Most Common Last Names in the U.S.?".,
  4. 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)
  5. Convict Records Voyages to Australia (Retrieved 17th November 2020). Retrieved from
  6. The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, December 1) . Retrieved from on Facebook