Show ContentsDeering History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Deering is a name of ancient Norman origin. It arrived in England with the Norman Conquest of 1066. The Deering family lived in Kent, where the family was found since the early Middle Ages.

Early Origins of the Deering family

The surname Deering was first found in Kent where the family claim descendancy from "Norman de Morinis, whose ancestor, Vitalis FitzOsbert, lived in the reign of Henry II. Norman de Morinis married the daughter of Deringus, descended from the Norman Fitz-Dering, Sheriff of this county in King Stephens' reign. " 1

Derrington is a village west of the town of Stafford, in Staffordshire. The village dates back to the Domesday Book of 1086 when it was first listed as Dodintone and literally meant "estate associated with a man called Dod(d)a or Dud(d)a" from the Old English personal name + "-ing" + "tun." 2

Early History of the Deering family

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Deering Spelling Variations

Multitudes of spelling variations are a hallmark of Anglo Norman names. Most of these names evolved in the 11th and 12th century, in the time after the Normans introduced their own Norman French language into a country where Old and Middle English had no spelling rules and the languages of the court were French and Latin. To make matters worse, medieval scribes spelled words according to sound, so names frequently appeared differently in the various documents in which they were recorded. The name was spelled Dering, Deareing, Dearing, Deering, Derringer and many more.

Early Notables of the Deering family

Notables of this surname at this time include: Edward Dering (1540?-1576), English Puritan divine who was descended from an ancient and still existing Kentish family, which claims to be of Saxon origin, was the third son of John Dering, Esq., of Surrenden-Dering, Kent. 3Sir Anthony Dering of Surrenden Dering in Pluckley, Kent (d.1636) was an early peer. His son, Sir Edward Dering (1598-1644), was an English antiquary and politician, Member of Parliament for Hythe and Kent (1629), also known for his Dering Roll, a 13th century Roll of arms, believed to be the earliest surviving English roll of arms currently owned...
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Deering Ranking

In the United States, the name Deering is the 5,200th most popular surname with an estimated 4,974 people with that name. 4 However, in Newfoundland, Canada, the name Deering is ranked the 751st most popular surname with an estimated 57 people with that name. 5

Ireland Migration of the Deering family to Ireland

Some of the Deering family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
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United States Deering migration to the United States +

Because of this political and religious unrest within English society, many people decided to immigrate to the colonies. Families left for Ireland, North America, and Australia in enormous numbers, travelling at high cost in extremely inhospitable conditions. The New World in particular was a desirable destination, but the long voyage caused many to arrive sick and starving. Those who made it, though, were welcomed by opportunities far greater than they had known at home in England. Many of these families went on to make important contributions to the emerging nations of Canada and the United States. Analysis of immigration records indicates that some of the first North American immigrants bore the name Deering or a variant listed above:

Deering Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • George Deering, who settled in Maine in 1630
  • Thomas Deering, who landed in Virginia in 1638 6
  • Samuel Deering, who arrived in Braintree, Massachusetts in 1649 6
  • Edmund Deering, who settled in Virginia in 1653
  • Edmond Deering, who landed in Virginia in 1653 6
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Deering Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • William Deering, who arrived in New York in 1841 6
  • Miss Deering, who arrived in San Francisco, California in 1855 6
  • James E Deering, who landed in Mississippi in 1876 6

Australia Deering migration to Australia +

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

Deering Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • Miss Sarah Deering, English convict who was convicted in London, England for 7 years for stealing, transported aboard the "Broxbournebury" in January 1814, arriving in New South Wales, Australia 7
  • Margaret Deering, aged 19, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Catherine" in 1851 8
  • Margaret Deering, aged 19, a servant, who arrived in South Australia in 1851 aboard the ship "Catherine" 8
  • Alicia Deering, aged 25, a domestic servant, who arrived in South Australia in 1854 aboard the ship "David Malcolm" 9
  • Mary A. Deering, aged 21, a domestic servant, who arrived in South Australia in 1854 aboard the ship "David Malcolm" 9

Contemporary Notables of the name Deering (post 1700) +

  • Frederick Henry Deering (1923-2010), American politician, Member of the Ohio House of Representatives (1973-1992)
  • Charles Deering (1852-1927), American businessman, art collector, and philanthropist, son of William Deering
  • James Deering (1859-1925), American industrial executive in Deering Harvester Company, son of William Deering
  • Stephen Deering, American former Fellow at Cisco Systems
  • Nathaniel Cobb Deering (1827-1887), American politician, three-term Republican U.S. Representative from Iowa
  • Olive Deering (1918-1986), American television actress, a life member of The Actors Studio
  • Myles L. Deering (b. 1953), American Army National Guard major general, the Adjutant General of Oklahoma
  • John Thomas Deering (1879-1943), American Major League Baseball pitcher
  • Nathaniel Deering (1791-1881), American author
  • William Deering (1826-1913), American business man and philanthropist, founder of Deering Harvester Company, later known as International Harvester Company
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  2. Mills, A.D., Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4)
  3. Smith, George (ed), Dictionary of National Biography. London: Smith, Elder & Co., 1885-1900. Print
  4. "What are the 5,000 Most Common Last Names in the U.S.?".,
  5. The order of Common Surnames in 1955 in Newfoundland retrieved on 20th October 2021 (retrieved from Family Names of the Island of Newfoundland by E.R. Seary corrected edition ISBN 0-7735-1782-0)
  6. 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)
  7. Convict Records Voyages to Australia (Retrieved 3rd November 2020). Retrieved from
  8. State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) CATHERINE 1851. Retrieved
  9. South Australian Register Wednesday 5th January 1854. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) David Malcolm 1854. Retrieved on Facebook