Deasey History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The Deasey family saga is rooted in the people of the Pictish Clan of ancient Scotland. The Deasey family lived in Angus (in the modern region of Tayside), and claim descent from Gaelic MacDhai, son of David.

Early Origins of the Deasey family

The surname Deasey 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.

Early History of the Deasey family

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

Deasey Spelling Variations

Prior to the invention of the printing press in the last hundred years, documents were basically unique. Names were written according to sound, and often appeared differently each time they were recorded. Spelling variations of the name Deasey include Deas, Dease, Deasey, Deasy, Dais, Daes, Deasson, Deason, Dasone and many more.

Early Notables of the Deasey family (pre 1700)

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Ireland Migration of the Deasey family to Ireland

Some of the Deasey 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 Deasey migration to the United States +

The freedom of the North American colonies was enticing, and many Scots left to make the great crossing. It was a long and hard journey, but its reward was a place where there was more land than people and tolerance was far easier to come by. Many of these people came together to fight for a new nation in the American War of Independence, while others remained loyal to the old order as United Empire Loyalists. The ancestors of Scots in North America have recovered much of this heritage in the 20th century through Clan societies and other such organizations. A search of immigration and passenger lists revealed many important and early immigrants to North America bearing the name of Deasey:

Deasey Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Patrick Deasey, who settled in Philadelphia in 1835
  • John Deasey, who arrived in Mobile, Ala in 1856 [1]

Canada Deasey migration to Canada +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Deasey Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century
  • Mr. Cornelius Deasey, aged 4 who immigrated to Canada, arriving at the Grosse Isle Quarantine Station in Quebec aboard the ship "Scotland" departing from the port of Cork, Ireland but died on Grosse Isle in June 1847 [2]
  • Mr. David Deasey, aged 23 who immigrated to Canada, arriving at the Grosse Isle Quarantine Station in Quebec aboard the ship "Lady Gordon" departing from the port of Belfast, Ireland but died on Grosse Isle in June 1847 [2]
  • Ms. Ellen Deasey, aged 21 who immigrated to Canada, arriving at the Grosse Isle Quarantine Station in Quebec aboard the ship "Gilmour" departing from the port of Cork, Ireland but died on Grosse Isle in July 1847 [2]
  • Miss. H. Deasey, aged 4 who immigrated to Canada, arriving at the Grosse Isle Quarantine Station in Quebec aboard the ship "Jane Avery" departing from the port of Dublin, Ireland but died on Grosse Isle in July 1847 [2]
  • Mrs. Margaret Deasey, aged 40 who immigrated to Canada, arriving at the Grosse Isle Quarantine Station in Quebec aboard the ship "Jane Avery" departing from the port of Dublin, Ireland but died on Grosse Isle in July 1847 [2]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

New Zealand Deasey migration to New Zealand +

Emigration to New Zealand followed in the footsteps of the European explorers, such as Captain Cook (1769-70): first came sealers, whalers, missionaries, and traders. By 1838, the British New Zealand Company had begun buying land from the Maori tribes, and selling it to settlers, and, after the Treaty of Waitangi in 1840, many British families set out on the arduous six month journey from Britain to Aotearoa to start a new life. Early immigrants include:

Deasey Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • Michael Deasey, aged 39, a plasterer, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Collingwood" in 1875
  • Mary Ann Deasey, aged 39, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Collingwood" in 1875
  • Margaret Deasey, aged 11, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Collingwood" in 1875
  • Charles Deasey, aged 6, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Collingwood" in 1875
  • Mary A. Deasey, aged 18 months, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Collingwood" in 1875
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)


  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. ^ Charbonneau, André, and Doris Drolet-Dubé. A Register of Deceased Persons at Sea and on Grosse Île in 1847. The Minister of Canadian Heritage, 1997. ISBN: 0-660-198/1-1997E (p. 23)


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