Deems History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Early Origins of the Deems family

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] 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.

Early History of the Deems family

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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.

Early Notables of the Deems family (pre 1700)

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United States Deems migration to the United States +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Deems Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Joseph Deems, who settled in Philadelphia in 1804
  • L Deems, who arrived in San Francisco, California in 1850 [2]
  • Lewis Deems, who landed in San Francisco, California in 1851 [2]
  • Lewis Deems, who settled in San Francisco in 1851
  • Edward M. Deems, aged 41, who landed in America, in 1893
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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 immigrated 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 immigrated to the United States, in 1911
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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 [3]
  • Bert Deems May (b. 1969), American NFL football former tight end
  • Deems Taylor (1885-1966), American composer

  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 on Facebook
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