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Today's Irish surnames are underpinned by a multitude of rich histories. The name Dempsy originally appeared in Gaelic as O Diomasaigh, from the word "diomasach," which means "proud."

Dempsy Early Origins



The surname Dempsy was first found in King's County and Queen's County, where they were traditional Chiefs of Calnmaliere, a territory that lay on both sides of the river Barrow. It contained parts of Geashill and Phillipstown in Kings County and parts of Portnehinch in Queen's County. They claim descent through the O'Connors of Offaly, specifically the 2nd century Irish King, Cathair Mor. [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
O'Hart, John, Irish Pedigrees 5th Edition in 2 Volumes. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Company, 1976. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0737-4)

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Dempsy Spelling Variations


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Dempsy Spelling Variations



Those scribes in Ireland during the Middle Ages recorded names as they sounded. Consequently, in this era many people were recorded under different spellings each time their name was written down. Research on the Dempsy family name revealed numerous spelling variations, including Dempsey, O'Dempsey, Dempsy, Dempsay, Dempsie and many more.

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Dempsy Early History


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Dempsy Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Dempsy research. Another 573 words (41 lines of text) covering the years 1172, 1193, 1652 and 1865 are included under the topic Early Dempsy History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Dempsy Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Dempsy Early Notables (pre 1700)



More information is included under the topic Early Dempsy Notables 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



Thousands of Irish families left for North American shores in the 19th century. These people were searching for a life unencumbered with poverty, hunger, and racial discrimination. Many arrived to eventually find such conditions, but many others simply did not arrive: victims of the diseased, overcrowded ships in which they traveled to the New World. Those who lived to see North American shores were instrumental in the development of the growing nations of Canada and the United States. A thorough examination of passenger and immigration lists has disclosed evidence of many early immigrants of the name Dempsy:

Dempsy Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • Joane Dempsy, who arrived in Maryland in 1679

Dempsy Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Judy Dempsy, aged 19, landed in Norfolk, Va in 1803
  • Mary Dempsy, aged 50, arrived in Norfolk, Va in 1803
  • Thomas Dempsy, aged 18, landed in Norfolk, Va in 1803
  • Catherine Dempsy, aged 16, landed in Norfolk, Va in 1803
  • Edward Dempsy, aged 22, arrived in Norfolk, Va in 1803
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Contemporary Notables of the name Dempsy (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Dempsy (post 1700)



  • James Dempsy, President of General Dynamics Corp. and many more

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Citations


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Citations



  1. ^ O'Hart, John, Irish Pedigrees 5th Edition in 2 Volumes. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Company, 1976. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0737-4)

Other References

  1. Matthews, John. Matthews' American Armoury and Blue Book. London: John Matthews, 1911. Print.
  2. Vicars, Sir Arthur. Index to the Prerogative Wills of Ireland 1536-1810. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co. Print.
  3. MacLysaght, Edward. Mores Irish Familes. Dublin: Irish Academic, 1982. Print. (ISBN 0-7165-0126-0).
  4. Johnson, Daniel F. Irish Emigration to New England Through the Port of Saint John, New Brunswick Canada 1841-1849. Baltimore, Maryland: Clearfield, 1996. Print.
  5. MacLysaght, Edward. The Surnames of Ireland 3rd Edition. Dublin: Irish Academic, 1978. Print. (ISBN 0-7165-2278-0).
  6. Harris, Ruth-Ann and B. Emer O'Keefe. The Search for Missing Friends Irish Immigrant Advertisements Placed in the Boston Pilot Volume II 1851-1853. Boston, MA: New England Historic Genealogical Society, 1991. Print.
  7. Chadwick, Nora Kershaw and J.X.W.P Corcoran. The Celts. London: Penguin, 1970. Print. (ISBN 0140212116).
  8. Leyburn, James Graham. The Scotch-Irish A Social History. Chapel Hill: UNC Press, 1962. Print. (ISBN 0807842591).
  9. Magnusson, Magnus. Chambers Biographical Dictionary 5th edition. Edinburgh: W & R Chambers, 1990. Print.
  10. Woodham-Smith, Cecil. The Great Hunger Ireland 1845-1849. New York: Old Town Books, 1962. Print. (ISBN 0-88029-385-3).
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The Dempsy Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Dempsy 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 28 August 2013 at 10:12.

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