Show ContentsDeese History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The ancestors of the Deese family were part of an ancient Scottish tribe called the Picts. They lived in Angus (in the modern region of Tayside), and claim descent from Gaelic MacDhai, son of David. [1]

Early Origins of the Deese family

The surname Deese 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.

"James Dais is recorded in Dundee, 1611, and Mr. John Daes in Huntliewood, 1638. James Daes was minister of the church of Ersiltoune, 1643. Andrew Daes, stabler, appears in Edinburgh, 1627, and David Daes, tailor there, 1666." [2]

Early History of the Deese family

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Deese Spelling Variations

In medieval Scotland, names were more often spelled according to sound than any regular set of rules. An enormous number of spelling variations were the result. Over the years, the name Deese has been spelled Deas, Dease, Deasey, Deasy, Dais, Daes, Deasson, Deason, Dasone and many more.

Early Notables of the Deese family (pre 1700)

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Deese Ranking

In the United States, the name Deese is the 5,503rd most popular surname with an estimated 4,974 people with that name. [3]

Ireland Migration of the Deese family to Ireland

Some of the Deese 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 Deese migration to the United States +

In such difficult times, Ireland, Australia, and North America looked like better homes for many Scots. The trips were expensive and grueling, but also rewarding, as the colonies were havens for those unwelcome in the old country. That legacy did not die easily, though, and many were forced to fight for their freedom in the American War of Independence. The Scottish legacy has resurface in more recent times, though, through Clan societies, highland games, and other organizations. Immigration and passenger lists have shown many early immigrants bearing the old Scottish name of Deese:

Deese Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
  • Carl Deese, aged 60, who landed in America, in 1924

Contemporary Notables of the name Deese (post 1700) +

  • James Henry Deese (1914-2001), American manager at NASA, Senior Research Administrator for the Future Studies Office at Kennedy Space Center from 1966 to 1973
  • Mary Deese (b. 1961), American film and television actress
  • Derrick Deese (b. 1970), former American NFL football offensive tackle
  • James Earle Deese (1921-1999), American psychologist who developed Deese-Roediger-McDermott (or DRM) paradigm
  • Rupert Julian "Rummy" Deese (1924-2010), American ceramic artist

  1. Harrison, Henry, Surnames of the United Kingdom: A Concise Etymological Dictionary Baltimore: Geneological Publishing Company, 2013. Print
  2. Black, George F., The Surnames of Scotland Their Origin, Meaning and History. New York: New York Public Library, 1946. Print. (ISBN 0-87104-172-3)
  3. "What are the 5,000 Most Common Last Names in the U.S.?"., on Facebook