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Deems Early Origins



The surname Deems 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]CITATION[CLOSE]
Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds., Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8)
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.

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Deems Spelling Variations


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Deems Spelling Variations



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

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Deems Early History


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Deems Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Deems research. Another 208 words (15 lines of text) covering the years 1095, 1250, 1279, and 1301 are included under the topic Early Deems History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Deems Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Deems Early Notables (pre 1700)



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The Great Migration


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The Great Migration



Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Deems Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Joseph Deems, who came to Philadelphia in 1804
  • L Deems, who arrived in San Francisco, California in 1850
  • Lewis Deems, who landed in San Francisco, California in 1851
  • Lewis Deems, who settled in San Francisco in 1851
  • Edward M. Deems, aged 41, who landed in America, in 1893
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Deems Settlers in United States in the 20th Century

  • Owen M. Deems, aged 33, who settled in America, in 1910
  • Winifred Deems, aged 31, who emigrated to America, in 1910
  • Elsie Deems, who landed in America, in 1910
  • Charles P. Deems, aged 24, who settled in America from Glasgow, Scotland, in 1910
  • E. A. Deems, aged 25, who emigrated to the United States, in 1911
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Contemporary Notables of the name Deems (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Deems (post 1700)



  • Charles "Alexander" Force Deems (1820-1893), American clergyman
  • James Monroe Deems (1818-1901), American composer and music educator
  • Barrett Deems (1914-1998), American swing music jazz drummer
  • Frederick Deems, American politician, Mayor of Cumberland, Maryland, 1838-39

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See Also


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Citations


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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)

Other References

  1. Browning, Charles H. Americans of Royal Descent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  2. Zieber, Eugene. Heraldry in America. Philadelphia: Genealogical Publishing Co. Print.
  3. Bolton, Charles Knowles. Bolton's American Armory. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1964. Print.
  4. MacAulay, Thomas Babington. History of England from the Accession of James the Second 4 volumes. New York: Harper and Brothers, 1879. Print.
  5. Markale, J. Celtic Civilization. London: Gordon & Cremonesi, 1976. Print.
  6. Holt, J.C. Ed. Domesday Studies. Woodbridge: Boydell, 1987. Print. (ISBN 0-85115-477-8).
  7. Egle, William Henry. Pennsylvania Genealogies Scotch-Irish and German. Harrisburg: L.S. Hart, 1886. Print.
  8. Chadwick, Nora Kershaw and J.X.W.P Corcoran. The Celts. London: Penguin, 1790. Print. (ISBN 0140212116).
  9. Weis, Frederick Lewis, Walter Lee Sheppard and David Faris. Ancestral Roots of Sixty Colonists Who Came to New England Between 1623 and 1650 7th Edition. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0806313676).
  10. Le Patourel, John. The Norman Empire. New York: Oxford University Press, 1976. Print. (ISBN 0-19-822525-3).
  11. ...

The Deems Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Deems Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

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