Deem History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms 

Early Origins of the Deem family

The surname Deem was first found in Cheshire where they held a family seat as Lords of the Manor. After the Battle of Hastings in 1066, William, Duke of Normandy, having prevailed over King Harold, granted most of Britain to his many victorious Barons. It was not uncommon to find a Baron, or a Bishop, with 60 or more Lordships scattered throughout the country. These he gave to his sons, nephews and other junior lines of his family and they became known as under-tenants. They adopted the Norman system of surnames which identified the under-tenant with his holdings so as to distinguish him from the senior stem of the family. After many rebellious wars between his Barons, Duke William, commissioned a census of all England to determine in 1086, settling once and for all, who held which land. He called the census the Domesday Book, [1] indicating that those holders registered would hold the land until the end of time. Hence, conjecturally, the surname is descended from the tenant of the lands of Mere, and Norman noble named Mera, who held from Gilbert de Venables, originally of Venables near Evreux in Normandy, who was recorded in the Domesday Book census of 1086. Gilbert's main barony in Cheshire was at Kinderton, which he held from Hugh Lupus (The Wolf,) Earl of Chester.

Important Dates for the Deem family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Deem research. Another 92 words (7 lines of text) covering the years 1095, 1250, 1279, and 1301 are included under the topic Early Deem History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Deem Spelling Variations

Spelling variations of this family name include: DeMeer, DeMere, Deemer, Deamer, Demer, Demers, Deem, Deam, Delamere, Demera, Demur, Demurr and many more.

Early Notables of the Deem family (pre 1700)

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Deem migration to the United States

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Deem Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Jacob Deem, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1762 [2]
  • Thomas Deem, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1763 [2]
  • Thomas Deem, who settled in Pennsylvania in 1763
Deem Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • J. Deem, aged 40, who landed in America, in 1892
  • Sarah Deem, aged 21, who immigrated to the United States, in 1895
Deem Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
  • John Deem, aged 22, who immigrated to America, in 1919
  • La Rue Deem, aged 22, who landed in America, in 1922
  • Donovan Deem, aged 18, who immigrated to the United States, in 1924

Contemporary Notables of the name Deem (post 1700)

  • Michael Deem, American John W. Cox Professor of Biochemical and Genetic Engineering and Professor of Physics & Astronomy at Rice University in Houston, Texas
  • Roger Deem, American professional wrestling photographer from Jacksonville, Illinois
  • George Charles Deem Jr. (1932-2008), American artist
  • W. L. Deem, American Republican politician, Candidate for West Virginia State House of Delegates from Wood County, 1940 [3]
  • Stephen B. Deem (b. 1965), American Democrat politician, Accountant; Chair of Kent County Democratic Party, 2000 [3]
  • John Franklin Deem (b. 1928), American Republican politician, Member of West Virginia State House of Delegates, 1955-64, 1989-90; Member of West Virginia State Senate 3rd District, 1965-76, 1979-82, 1995-; Defeated, 1976, 1986 [3]
  • Hiram M. Deem, American Democrat politician, Candidate for West Virginia State Senate 3rd District, 1952 [3]
  • Gary D. Deem, American politician, Candidate for Mayor of Vienna, West Virginia, 2008 [3]
  • Frank Deem, American Republican politician, Delegate to Republican National Convention from West Virginia, 2004 [3]
  • Muriel Helen Deem (1900-1955), New Zealand doctor, medical officer, medical adviser and university lecturer from Wellington

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Citations

  1. ^ Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds., Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8)
  2. ^ 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)
  3. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, November 11) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html
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