The Pictish clans of ancient Scotland
were the ancestors of the first people to use the name Densmore. It comes from on the lands of Dundemore in Fife
where the family has a long and distinguished history dating back to the early Middle Ages.
Early Origins of the Densmore family
The surname Densmore was first found in Fife
, in the territories of Dundemore, near Lindores. One of the first records of the name was Henry de Dundemore who witnessed a confirmation charter by John, Earl of Huntigdoun of land in Kynalchmund to the Abbey of Arboirath c. 1219 and later witnessed another charter by the same earl granting lands of Lundors to the monks of Lindores (c.1232-1237.) CITATION[CLOSE]
Black, George F., The Surnames of Scotland Their Origin, Meaning and History. New York: New York Public Library, 1946. Print. (ISBN 0-87104-172-3)
In 1296, the Ragman Rolls listed Patrik de Dundemor and William de Dundemor as landholders in Fife.
Early History of the Densmore family
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Densmore Spelling Variations
Translation has done much to alter the appearance of many Scottish names. It was a haphazard process that lacked a basic system of rules. Spelling variations
were a common result of this process. Densmore has appeared Dinsmore, Dinsmuir, Dunsmore, Dansmore, Dunmuir and many more.
Early Notables of the Densmore family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Densmore family to Ireland
Some of the Densmore family moved to Ireland
, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.Another 97 words (7 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Densmore family to the New World and Oceana
Many Scots left their country to travel to the North American colonies in search of the freedom they could not find at home. Of those who survived the difficult voyage, many found the freedom they so desired. There they could choose their own beliefs and allegiances. Some became United Empire Loyalists and others fought in the American War of Independence
. The Clan
societies and highland games that have sprung up in the last century have allowed many of these disparate Scots to recover their collective national identity. A search of immigration and passenger ship lists revealed many early settlers bearing the Densmore name:
Densmore Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
- Samuel Densmore, who landed in New England in 1740 CITATION[CLOSE]
Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
Densmore Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century
- William Densmore, aged 6, who arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick in 1833 aboard the brig "Ugoni" from Belfast, Ireland
- James Densmore, aged 16, a labourer, who arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick aboard the ship "Protector" in 1834
- Jane Densmore, aged 24, a spinster, who arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick aboard the ship "Protector" in 1834
- Samuel Densmore, aged 29, a labourer, who arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick aboard the ship "Protector" in 1834
Contemporary Notables of the name Densmore (post 1700)
- William Densmore (1843-1865), Union Navy sailor in the American Civil War, recipient of the Medal of Honor, for his actions at the Battle of Mobile Bay
- John Densmore (b. 1944), American musician and songwriter of the rock group The Doors, the oldest surviving member of the group
- James Densmore (1820-1889), American businessman, helped to invent the typewriter and who many believed co-developed the QWERTY layout
- Frances Densmore (1867-1957), American ethnographer and ethnomusicologist, known for her studies of Native American music and culture
- Edward Dana Densmore (1871-1926), American architect and engineer
The Densmore 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: Spes anchora tuta
Motto Translation: Hope is a safe anchor.