Show ContentsDelap History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The rugged west coast of Scotland and the desolate Hebrides islands are the ancestral home of the Delap family. Their name indicates that the original bearer lived in the lands of Dunlop in the district of Cunningham. Until the mid-19th century, the name was locally pronounced Delap or Dulap.

Early Origins of the Delap family

The surname Delap was first found in Ayrshire (Gaelic: Siorrachd Inbhir Àir), formerly a county in the southwestern Strathclyde region of Scotland, that today makes up the Council Areas of South, East, and North Ayrshire, where one of the first records of the name was Dominius Willelmus de Dunlop who was listed as a witness to an indenture in 1260. Interestingly, the original document was lost but a notarial copy was made in 1444. The Ragman Rolls list Neill Fitz-Robert de Dunlop.

Early History of the Delap family

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Delap Spelling Variations

Spelling and translation were not standardized practices until the last few centuries. Spelling variations are extremely common among early Scottish names. Delap has been spelled Dunlop, Dunlap, Dunlope, Delap and others.

Early Notables of the Delap family

Notable amongst the Clan from early times was Alexander Dunlop (c.1620-c.1667), a Presbyterian minister at Paisley, Scotland; William Dunlop, the Elder (c.1654-1700) a Covenanter, adventurer, and Principal of the University of Glasgow from 1690 to 1700; and...
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Ireland Migration of the Delap family to Ireland

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

The hardy Scots who made the crossing settled all along the east coast of North America and in the great west that was just then opening up. At the time of the American War of Independence, many United Empire Loyalists moved north from the American colonies to Canada. Scottish national heritage became better known in North America in the 20th century through highland games and other patriotic events. An examination of immigration records and passenger ship lists revealed that people bearing the name Delap arrived in North America very early:

Delap Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Alexander Delap, aged 22, who landed in Baltimore, Maryland in 1804 1
  • Christian Delap, aged 18, who arrived in Baltimore, Maryland in 1804 1
  • Francis Delap, aged 50, who landed in Baltimore, Maryland in 1804 1
  • Jane Delap, aged 20, who arrived in Baltimore, Maryland in 1804 1
  • Aaron Delap, aged 22, who arrived in New York in 1812 1

Canada Delap migration to Canada +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Delap Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century
  • William Delap, aged 21, who arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick aboard the ship "Billow" in 1833
  • James Delap, aged 25, who arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick aboard the ship "Billow" in 1833
  • Margaret Delap, aged 24, who arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick aboard the ship "Billow" in 1833

Contemporary Notables of the name Delap (post 1700) +

  • Truman H. DeLap, American politician who served in the California legislature and during World War I
  • Tony DeLap (b. 1927), American abstract sculptor
  • Truman H. DeLap, American Republican politician, Delegate to Republican National Convention from California, 1948, 1952, 1956; Member of Republican National Committee from California, 1952 2
  • John Delap (1725-1812), English churchman and academic, son of John Delap, gentleman, of Spilsby in Lincolnshire, was originally entered at Trinity College, Cambridge, but migrated to Magdalene College, and was admitted pensioner on 15 March 1743 3
  • Maude Jane Delap (1866-1953), Irish self-taught marine biologist, known for being the first person to breed jellyfish in captivity
  • Patrick Delap (1932-1987), Irish Fianna Fáil politician and physician
  • Rory John Delap (b. 1976), English-born, Irish former footballer who played from 1994 to 2013, member of the Republic of Ireland U21 and Republic of Ireland National teams (1996-2004)
  • Richard Delap (1942-1987), Canadian science fiction writer, editor, and reviewer, nominated for the 1970 Hugo Award for Best Fan Writer

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  • Mr. Thomas Delap, Canadian resident of Frank, Alberta who was buried in the Frank Rock Slide on 29th April 1903 4

The Delap Motto +

The motto was originally a war cry or slogan. Mottoes first began to be shown with arms in the 14th and 15th centuries, but were not in general use until the 17th century. Thus the oldest coats of arms generally do not include a motto. Mottoes seldom form part of the grant of arms: Under most heraldic authorities, a motto is an optional component of the coat of arms, and can be added to or changed at will; many families have chosen not to display a motto.

Motto: Merito
Motto Translation: With merit.

  1. 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)
  2. The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, October 26) . Retrieved from
  3. Wikisource contributors. "Dictionary of National Biography, 1885-1900." Wikisource . Wikisource , 4 Jun. 2018. Web. 30 June 2020
  4. Calgary Herald news article retrieved 11th August 2021. Retrieved from on Facebook