The ancestors of the name Delape come from the ancient Scottish tribe known as the Dalriadans. They lived along the rugged west coast of Scotland
and on the Hebrides
islands and used the name to indicate a person who lived in the lands of Dunlop in the district of Cunningham. Until the mid-19th century, the name was locally pronounced Delap
Early Origins of the Delape family
The surname Delape 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 Delape family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Delape research.Another 567 words (40 lines of text) covering the years 1296, 1496, 1564, 1663, 1665, 1677, 1745, 1620, 1667, 1654, 1700, 1690, 1700, 1692, 1720, 1684, 1747, 1706 and are included under the topic Early Delape History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Delape Spelling Variations
Many spelling variations
of Delape have been recorded over the years, including These are the result of the medieval practice of spelling according to sound and repeated translation between Gaelic and English. Dunlop, Dunlap, Dunlope, Delap and others.
Early Notables of the Delape family (pre 1700)
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... Another 37 words (3 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Delape Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Delape family to Ireland
Some of the Delape family moved to Ireland
, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.Another 101 words (7 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Delape family to the New World and Oceana
Settlers from Scotland
put down roots in communities all along the east coast of North America. Some moved north from the American colonies to Canada as United Empire Loyalists during the American War of Independence
. As Clan
societies and highland games started in North America in the 20th century many Scots rediscovered parts of their heritage. Early North American records indicate many people bearing the name Delape were among those contributors: Alexander Dunlop who had purchased lands and settled in New Hampshire
, in 1718. Several years later, James Dunlop landed in Augusta, Georgia.
The Delape 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 Translation: With merit.