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The enchanting region of Bourgoigne was the historical homeland of the prominent surname Dement. Dement is a topographic surname, which is a type of hereditary surname. These were given to a person who resided near a physical feature such as a hill, stream, church, or type of tree. Habitation names form the other broad category of surnames that were derived from place-names. They were derived from pre-existing names for towns, villages, parishes, or farmsteads. Other local names are derived from the names of houses, manors, estates, regions, and entire counties. As a general rule, the greater the distance between an individual and their homeland, the larger the territory they were named after. For example, a person who only moved to another parish would be known by the name of their original village, while people who migrated to a different country were often known by the name of a region or country from which they came. The name Dement is derived from the Old French word mont, which means mountain or hill, and indicates that the original bearer lived at or near such a landmark.


The surname Dement was first found in Burgundy (French: Bourgogne), an administrative and historical region of east-central France, where the family held a family seat from ancient times in the seigniory of St. Jean.

Spelling variations of this family name include: Dumont, Du Mont, du Mont, Dumonte, Du Monte, du Monte, de Mont, De Mont, De Monte, Dumond, Dumon, Dumons, Dement and many more.


This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Dement research. Another 290 words (21 lines of text) covering the years 1527, 1529, 1557, 1610, 1666, 1684, 1707, 1726, 1759, 1790, 1819, 1829, 1842, 1849, and 1853 are included under the topic Early Dement History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.


Notable amongst the family at this time was the Marquis of Gages; the Barons of the Grand Duchy of Hesse; Henry de Thier Du Mont (1610-1684), a notable French composer; Arsène-Jean-François Dumont (1849-1902), a French sociologist and demographer; Henri Dumont (1610-1684), a Belgian organist and composer, former organist at St. Paul's...

Another 104 words (7 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Dement Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.


Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Dement Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • Giles Dement, who landed in Virginia in 1664

Dement Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • W C Dement, who landed in San Francisco, California in 1850
  • J D Dement, who arrived in San Francisco, California in 1855

  • Kenneth "Redneck" Dement (b. 1933), former American football offensive tackle
  • William Charles Dement (b. 1928), American sleep researcher, and founder of the Sleep Research Center at Stanford University
  • John Dement (1804-1883), American politician and militia commander
  • Iris DeMent (b. 1961), American singer and songwriter
  • Walter F. Dement, American politician, U.S. Vice Consul in Leipzig, 1929; Durban, 1932
  • Thomas J. Dement, American Democrat politician, Postmaster at Chattanooga, Tennessee, 1893-97
  • John Dement, American Democrat politician, Illinois State Treasurer, 1831-36; Presidential Elector for Illinois, 1844; Member of Illinois Democratic State Committee, 1856-58; Mayor of Dixon, Illinois, 1869-72, 1878-79
  • Ira DeMent, American politician, U.S. Attorney for the Middle District of Alabama, 1969-77
  • Henry D. Dement, American politician, Secretary of State of Illinois, 1881-89
  • Gary Dement, American Republican politician, Chair of Greer County Republican Party, 2014
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    Other References

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    3. Browning, Charles H. Americans of Royal Descent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
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    5. Rietstap, Johannes Baptist. Armorial Général. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co. Print.
    6. Bolton, Charles Knowles. Bolton's American Armory. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1964. Print.
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    10. Samuelsen, W. David. New York City Passenger List Manifests Index 1820 - 1824. North Salt Lake, Utah: Accelerated Indexing Systems International, 1986. Print.
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    The Dement Family Crest was acquired from the archives. The Dement Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

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