The name Dempers came to England
with the ancestors of the Dempers family in the Norman Conquest
of 1066. The Dempers family lived in Lincolnshire
. The family was originally from Dampiere and Orne, Normandy
, and it is from the former location that their surname derives.
Early Origins of the Dempers family
The surname Dempers was first found in Lincolnshire
where they had been granted lands by William the Conqueror for their assistance at the Battle of Hastings in 1066 A.D.
Early History of the Dempers family
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Dempers Spelling Variations
Multitudes of spelling variations
are a hallmark of Anglo Norman names. Most of these names evolved in the 11th and 12th century, in the time after the Normans
introduced their own Norman French language into a country where Old and Middle English had no spelling rules and the languages of the court were French and Latin. To make matters worse, medieval scribes spelled words according to sound, so names frequently appeared differently in the various documents in which they were recorded. The name was spelled Dampier, Damper, Demper, Dempier, Dammper, Dammpier, Dampere, Dampar, Dampir, Dampare, Dampire, Dammpare and many more.
Early Notables of the Dempers family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Dempers family to the New World and Oceana
Because of this political and religious unrest within English society, many people decided to immigrate to the colonies. Families left for Ireland
, North America, and Australia
in enormous numbers, traveling at high cost in extremely inhospitable conditions. The New World in particular was a desirable destination, but the long voyage caused many to arrive sick and starving. Those who made it, though, were welcomed by opportunities far greater than they had known at home in England
. Many of these families went on to make important contributions to the emerging nations of Canada and the United States. Analysis of immigration records indicates that some of the first North American immigrants bore the name Dempers or a variant listed above:
Dempers Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
- Herman J.P. Dempers, aged 28, who arrived in America from Johannesburg, Africa, in 1907
- Johan Dempers, aged 32, who arrived in America from London, England, in 1907
The Dempers Motto
The motto was originally a war cry or slogan. Mottoes first began to be shown with arms in the 14th and 15th centuries, but were not in general use until the 17th century. Thus the oldest coats of arms generally do not include a motto. Mottoes seldom form part of the grant of arms: Under most heraldic authorities, a motto is an optional component of the coat of arms, and can be added to or changed at will; many families have chosen not to display a motto.
Motto: Dominus petra mea
Motto Translation: The Lord is my rock.