The Dalriadan kingdom of ancient Scotland
was the home of the ancestors of the Demardston family. Their name indicates that they lived near a place named Danzielstoun, in Scotland
. Thus Demardston is a local
surname, which belongs to a category of hereditary surnames
derived from pre-existing names for towns, villages, parishes, or farmsteads.
Early Origins of the Demardston family
The surname Demardston was first found in Renfrewshire
, at Danzielstoun, in the parish of Kilmalcolm. "The manor took its name from some man named Daniel, and it bore this name as early as the reign of Malcolm IV", CITATION[CLOSE]
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)
who died in 1165. It is generally thought that the town was founded about 1060.
Early History of the Demardston family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Demardston research.Another 181 words (13 lines of text) covering the years 1296, 1694 and are included under the topic Early Demardston History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Demardston Spelling Variations
Translation in medieval times was an undeveloped science and was often carried out without due care. For this reason, many early Scottish names appeared radically altered when written in English. The spelling variations
of Demardston include Denison, Denniston, Dennistoun, Deniston, Denistoun, Dinniston, Dinnistoun and many more.
Early Notables of the Demardston family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Demardston family to Ireland
Some of the Demardston family moved to Ireland
, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.Another 103 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 Demardston family to the New World and Oceana
The descendants of the Dalriadan families who made the great crossing of the Atlantic still dot communities along the east coast of the United States and Canada. In the American War of Independence
, many of the settlers traveled north to Canada as United Empire Loyalists. Clan
societies and highland games have allowed Canadian and American families of Scottish descent to recover much of their lost heritage. Investigation of the origins of family names on the North American continent has revealed that early immigrants bearing the name Demardston or a variant listed above include: Sam Denniston who settled in New York in 1774; and John Denniston, who arrived in Philadelphia in 1802.