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The roots of the ancient Scottish name Dempster are found among the people of a tribe known as the Picts. Dempster is a name for a person who held the office of judex or dempster to the Parliament. Up until 1747, every barony held courts for trials in that barony and the judex was a baillie for the chief or laird.

Dempster Early Origins



The surname Dempster was first found in Perthshire (Gaelic: Siorrachd Pheairt) former county in the present day Council Area of Perth and Kinross, located in central Scotland, where they held a family seat from ancient times, some say before the Norman Conquest in 1066.

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Dempster Spelling Variations


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Dempster Spelling Variations



The appearance of the printing press and the first dictionaries in the last few hundred years did much to standardize spelling. Prior to that time scribes spelled according to sound, a practice that resulted in many spelling variations. Dempster has been spelled Dempster, Deemester, Dempstar, Demster and others.

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Dempster Early History


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Dempster Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Dempster research. Another 242 words (17 lines of text) covering the years 1296, 1579, and 1625 are included under the topic Early Dempster History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Dempster Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Dempster Early Notables (pre 1700)



More information is included under the topic Early Dempster Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Dempster In Ireland


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Dempster In Ireland



Some of the Dempster family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 124 words (9 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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The Great Migration


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The Great Migration



The expense of the crossing to the North American colonies seemed small beside the difficulties of remaining in Scotland. It was a long and hard trip, but at its end lay the reward of freedom. Some Scots remained faithful to England and called themselves United Empire Loyalists, while others fought in the American War of Independence. Much of this lost Scottish heritage has been recovered in the last century through Clan societies and other patriotic Scottish organizations. A search of immigration and passenger lists revealed many important, early immigrants to North America bearing the name of Dempster:

Dempster Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • Jane Dempster who settled in Barbados in 1679

Dempster Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Alexander Dempster, aged 18, arrived in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1775
  • Lilly Dempster, aged 16, landed in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1775

Dempster Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Samuel Dempster, who arrived in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1854
  • Alex, Blakley, James, John, Lilly, Robert, Samuel and William Dempster, all settled in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania between 1775 and 1868
  • John Dempster, who landed in Arkansas in 1894

Dempster Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century

  • H. Dempster, aged 24 who emigrated to Canada, arriving at the Grosse Isle Quarantine Station in Quebec aboard the ship "Royalist" departing from the port of Liverpool, England but died on Grosse Isle in June 1847 [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Charbonneau, André, and Doris Drolet-Dubé. A Register of Deceased Persons at Sea and on Grosse Île in 1847. The Minister of Canadian Heritage, 1997. ISBN: 0-660-198/1-1997E (p. 24)

Dempster Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • John Dempster arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Isabella Watson" in 1846
  • William Dempster, aged 22, a weaver, arrived in South Australia in 1855 aboard the ship "Switzerland"
  • Archibald Dempster, aged 36, a weaver, arrived in South Australia in 1855 aboard the ship "Bucephalus"
  • John Dempster, aged 45, a labourer, arrived in South Australia in 1855 aboard the ship "Bucephalus"
  • James Dempster, aged 16, a weaver, arrived in South Australia in 1855 aboard the ship "Bucephalus"
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Contemporary Notables of the name Dempster (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Dempster (post 1700)



  • George Roby Dempster (1887-1964), American industrialist, founder of Dempster Brothers Construction Company, inventor of the Dempster-Dumpster
  • Stuart Dempster (b. 1936), American trombonist, didjeridu player, improvisor, and composer
  • Carol Dempster (1901-1991), American film actress of the silent film era
  • George Dempster (1732-1818), Scottish lawyer and member of Parliament
  • John "Jocky" Dempster (b. 1948), Scottish former professional footballer
  • Thomas Dempster (1579-1625), Scottish scholar and poet
  • Charles Edward Dempster (1839-1907), Australian politician in Western Australia
  • Hugh Dempster (1900-1987), British theatre and film actor
  • Nigel Richard Patton Dempster (1941-2007), British journalist, author, broadcaster and diarist
  • John Dempster (b. 1983), English footballer
  • ... (Another 2 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Dempster Historic Events


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Dempster Historic Events




HMAS Sydney II

  • Mr. Herbert James Dempster (1921-1941), Australian Stoker from Burnley, Victoria, Australia, who sailed into battle aboard HMAS Sydney II on the 19th November 1941 and died during the sinking

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Motto


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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: Fortier et strenue
Motto Translation: Boldly and earnestly.


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Citations


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Citations



  1. ^ Charbonneau, André, and Doris Drolet-Dubé. A Register of Deceased Persons at Sea and on Grosse Île in 1847. The Minister of Canadian Heritage, 1997. ISBN: 0-660-198/1-1997E (p. 24)

Other References

  1. Bell, Robert. The Book of Ulster Surnames. Belfast: Blackstaff, 1988. Print. (ISBN 10-0856404160).
  2. Chadwick, Nora Kershaw and J.X.W.P Corcoran. The Celts. London: Penguin, 1970. Print. (ISBN 0140212116).
  3. Skene, William Forbes Edition. Chronicles of the Picts, Chronicles of the Scots and Other Early Memorials of Scottish History. Edinburgh: H.M. General Register House, 1867. Print.
  4. Adam, Frank. Clans Septs and Regiments of the Scottish Highlands 8th Edition. London: Bacon (G.W.) & Co, 1970. Print. (ISBN 10-0717945006).
  5. Bolton, Charles Knowles. Bolton's American Armory. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1964. Print.
  6. Bradford, William. History of Plymouth Plantation 1620-1647 Edited by Samuel Eliot Morrison 2 Volumes. New York: Russell and Russell, 1968. Print.
  7. Leeson, Francis L. Dictionary of British Peerages. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1986. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-1121-5).
  8. Hinde, Thomas Ed. The Domesday Book England's Heritage Then and Now. Surrey: Colour Library Books, 1995. Print. (ISBN 1-85833-440-3).
  9. Skordas, Guest. Ed. The Early Settlers of Maryland an Index to Names or Immigrants Complied from Records of Land Patents 1633-1680 in the Hall of Records Annapolis, Maryland. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1968. Print.
  10. Scots Kith and Kin And Illustrated Map Revised 2nd Edition. Edinburgh: Clan House/Albyn. Print.
  11. ...

The Dempster Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Dempster 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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