The history of the Dempier family name begins after the Norman Conquest
of 1066. They 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 Dempier family
The surname Dempier 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 Dempier family
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Dempier Spelling Variations
Anglo-Norman names are characterized by a multitude of spelling variations
. When the Normans
became the ruling people of England
in the 11th century, they introduced a new language into a society where the main languages of Old and later Middle English had no definite spelling rules. These languages were more often spoken than written, so they blended freely with one another. Contributing to this mixing of tongues was the fact that medieval scribes spelled words according to sound, ensuring that a person's name would appear differently in nearly every document in which it was recorded. The name has been spelled Dampier, Damper, Demper, Dempier, Dammper, Dammpier, Dampere, Dampar, Dampir, Dampare, Dampire, Dammpare and many more.
Early Notables of the Dempier family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Dempier family to the New World and Oceana
For many English families, the political and religious disarray that plagued their homeland made the frontiers of the New World an attractive prospect. Thousands migrated, aboard cramped disease-ridden ships. They arrived sick, poor, and hungry, but were welcomed in many cases with far greater opportunity than at home in England
. Many of these hardy settlers went on to make important contributions to the emerging nations in which they landed. Among early immigrants bearing the name Dempier or a variant listed above were: Alex Dampier settled in Virginia in the year 1653.
The Dempier 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.