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The Demarest surname is a habitational name derived from any of several places named with the Old French words "mareis," or "maresc," meaning "marsh."

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The surname Demarest was first found in Cambray, Normandy (French: Normandie), the former Duchy of Normandy, where ancestors of the family belonged to the house of Bousis. According to Arthurian legend, Sir Hector de Maris (or Ector de Maris), was a Knight of the Round Table, younger half-brother of Lancelot and the natural son of King Ban of Benwick and the Lady de Maris.

Spelling variations of this family name include: Desmarais, Demarais, Des Marais, Desmarets, Desmarés, Desmareys, Desmaray, Desmaraie, Desmarest, Desmaret, Desmarets, Démarais, Démarets, Démarey, Démareys, Démarés, Démarey, Démaré, Démarés, Démarée, Démarées, Démaraie, Démaray, Maret, Marest, Marais, Mareys, Marets, Marest, Mares, Marays, Marrey, Mareys, Marées, Des Marest, Des Maret, Des Marets, Des Marez, De Marest, Du Marest, Du Marais, Du Marrey, Du Mareys, Du Mares, Du Marays, Du Mareys, Du Marées and many more.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Demarest research. Another 593 words (42 lines of text) covering the years 1096, 1113, 1108, 1429, 1360, 1682, 1519, 1567, 1518, 1604, 1696, 1500, 1696, 1108, 1595, 1676, 1648, 1721, 1604, 1686, 1648, 1721, 1662, 1714, 1647, 1709, 1656 and 1728 are included under the topic Early Demarest History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Notable amongst the family in this period was Baldwin I, Lord of Marets in the 11th century, as well as Hugues Maret, the first Priest at the Benedictine Abbey of Valbenoite, in 1108. Jean Desmarets (1595-1676), Sieur de (Lord of) Saint-Sorlin was the author of many volumes of poetry and critical...

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Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Demarest Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • David DeMarest, who arrived in New York in 1663

Demarest Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • I Demarest, who arrived in San Francisco, California in 1850
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  • Rosemary Regina Demarest, American chief librarian for Price Waterhouse & Co., New York City
  • William Henry Steele Demarest (1863-1956), American educator, the 11th President of Rutgers College
  • Clifford Demarest (1874-1946), American composer
  • David P. Demarest, American academic and writer
  • Calvin W. Demarest (1886-1925), American national amateur and professional carom billiards champion
  • Arthur Andrew Demarest, American anthropologist and archaeologist
  • William Demarest (1892-1983), American character actor
  • Charles Howell Demarest (1880-1956), American Republican politician, Mayor of Bloomfield, New Jersey, 1925-32
  • Arthur Sidney Demarest (1921-2013), American Republican politician, Candidate for New York State Senate 23rd District, 1952
  • Andrew H. Demarest, American Democrat politician, Postmaster at Paterson, New Jersey, 1895-97
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    Other References

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    2. Conrad, Glenn R. The First Families of Louisiana. Baton Rouge LA: Claitor's Publishing, 1970. Print.
    3. Rasmussen, Louis J. . San Francisco Ship Passenger Lists 4 Volumes Colma, California 1965 Reprint. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co., 1978. Print.
    4. Rolland, and H.V. Rolland. Illustrations to the Armorial general by J. B. Rietstap 6 volumes in 3. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1976. Print.
    5. Guérard, Albert Léon. France: a Modern History. Ann Arbor: University of Michigan Press, 1959. Print.
    6. Browning, Charles H. Americans of Royal Descent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
    7. Rupp, Daniel L. A Collection of Upwards of Thirty Thousand Names of German, Swiss, Dutch, French and Other Immigrants to Pennsylvania from 1727 to 1776. Baltimore. Print.
    8. Doyle, William. The Oxford History of the French Revolution. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1990. Print. (ISBN 0192852213).
    9. Hanks, Patricia and Flavia Hodges. A Dictionary of Surnames. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1988. Print. (ISBN 0-19-211592-8).
    10. Colletta, John P. They Came In Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
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