Dewalt History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The origins of the name Dewalt are from the ancient Anglo-Saxon culture of Britain. It is derived from the baptismal name Theobald,which was an ancient personal name. After the Norman Conquest, the Old English naming system gradually dissolved. Old English names became less common and were replaced by popular continental European names. The earliest surnames in England were found shortly after the Norman Conquest and are of Norman French rather than native English origins.

Early Origins of the Dewalt family

The surname Dewalt was first found in the Domesday Book of 1086; several bearers of Dewalt as a personal name were recorded as landowners after the Norman Conquest, particularly in Huntingdonshire, Cambridgeshire, and Suffolk. The first recorded instance of Dewalt as a surname occurred in 1199, where Tomas Teobald was living in Gloucestershire.

Theobald or Tedbaldus (d. 1161), was Archbishop of Canterbury and came of a Norman family of knightly rank who settled near Thierceville, in the neighbourhood of Bec Hellouin. "He became a monk of Bec between 1093 and 1124, was made prior in 1127, and elected abbot in 1137. The see of Canterbury having been vacant since the death of William of Corbeil in 1136, the prior of Christ Church and a deputation of monks were summoned before King Stephen and the legate Alberic, and on 24 Dec. 1138 elected Theobald archbishop. " [1]

Important Dates for the Dewalt family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Dewalt research. Another 85 words (6 lines of text) covering the years 1199, 1601, 1688, 1744 and 1760 are included under the topic Early Dewalt History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Dewalt Spelling Variations

Sound was what guided spelling in the essentially pre-literate Middle Ages, so one person's name was often recorded under several variations during a single lifetime. Also, before the advent of the printing press and the first dictionaries, the English language was not standardized. Therefore, spelling variations were common, even among the names of the most literate people. Known variations of the Dewalt family name include Theobald, Theobalds, Diebold, Theobold, Tubald, Tudball, Dipple, Diebald, Teupel, Diepelt, Dewalt and many more.

Early Notables of the Dewalt family (pre 1700)

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Dewalt migration to the United States

For political, religious, and economic reasons, thousands of English families boarded ships for Ireland, the Canadas, the America colonies, and many of smaller tropical colonies in the hope of finding better lives abroad. Although the passage on the cramped, dank ships caused many to arrive in the New World diseased and starving, those families that survived the trip often went on to make valuable contributions to those new societies to which they arrived. Early immigrants bearing the Dewalt surname or a spelling variation of the name include:

Dewalt Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Leonhart Dewalt, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1743 [2]
  • Hans Georg Dewalt, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1744 [2]
  • Johannes Dewalt, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1744 [2]
  • Casper Dewalt, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1746 [2]
  • Ludwig Dewalt, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1751 [2]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)
Dewalt Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Adam Dewalt, who arrived in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1840 [2]
  • Adams Dewalt, who landed in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1840 [2]
  • Peter Dewalt, who arrived in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1876 [2]

Contemporary Notables of the name Dewalt (post 1700)

  • Raymond E. DeWalt, American inventor of the radial arm saw in 1922, founder of DeWalt, a worldwide brand of power tools in 1936
  • Dave DeWalt, American CEO of FireEye, Inc., a publicly listed US network security company
  • Kathleen Musante DeWalt, American academic, Director of the Center for Latin American Studies-University of Pittsburgh
  • Roy Dewalt (b. 1956), American-born, former Canadian Football League quarterback for the Winnipeg Blue Bombers and Ottawa Rough Riders, named the Grey Cup Most Valuable Player in 1985
  • Karen A. DeWalt (b. 1943), American Republican politician, Delegate to Republican National Convention from California, 2004 [3]
  • Howard DeWalt, American Republican politician, Alternate Delegate to Republican National Convention from Pennsylvania, 1964 [3]
  • Arthur Granville Dewalt (1854-1931), American Democrat politician, Member of Pennsylvania State Senate 16th District, 1903-10; U.S. Representative from Pennsylvania 13th District, 1915-21 [3]

Citations

  1. ^ Smith, George (ed), Dictionary of National Biography. London: Smith, Elder & Co., 1885-1900. Print
  2. ^ 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)
  3. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, November 17) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html
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