The Demaris surname is a habitational name derived from any of several places named with the Old French words "mareis," or "maresc," meaning "marsh."
Early Origins of the Demaris family
The surname Demaris 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.
Early History of the Demaris family
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Demaris 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.
Early Notables of the Demaris family (pre 1700)
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... Another 94 words (7 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Demaris Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Demaris family to the New World and Oceana
Some of the first settlers of this family name or some of its variants were: Charles Desmarais, 38; who arrived in Canada in 1643; Pierre Desmarais, who was on record in Montreal in 1660; David DesMarest, who settled in New York in 1663 with his wife, Marie Sohier and four children, Madame DesMarest, who arrived in New York in 1700.
Contemporary Notables of the name Demaris (post 1700)
- Merrill De Maris (1898-1948), American writer who worked on Disney Comic Strips for King Features Syndicate and worked on Disney's 1937 version of Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs