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Where did the French Dement family come from? What is the French Dement family crest and coat of arms? When did the Dement family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Dement family history?

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.


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.

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.


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.


Another 154 words (11 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Dement Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.


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


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The Dement Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com 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.

This page was last modified on 13 May 2014 at 17:57.

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