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In Scottish history, few names go farther back than Dinsmore, whose ancestors lived among the clans of the Pictish tribe. They lived on the lands of Dundemore in Fife where the family has a long and distinguished history dating back to the early Middle Ages.

Dinsmore Early Origins



The surname Dinsmore 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.) [1]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.

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Dinsmore Spelling Variations


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Dinsmore Spelling Variations



The arts of spelling and translation were yet in their infancies when surnames began, so there are an enormous number of spelling variations of the names in early Scottish records. This is a particular problem with Scottish names because of the numerous times a name might have been loosely translated to English from Gaelic and back. Dinsmore has been spelled Dinsmore, Dinsmuir, Dunsmore, Dansmore, Dunmuir and many more.

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Dinsmore Early History


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Dinsmore Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Dinsmore research. Another 161 words (12 lines of text) covering the years 1317, 1317, 1650 and 1750 are included under the topic Early Dinsmore History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Dinsmore Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Dinsmore Early Notables (pre 1700)



Another 49 words (4 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Dinsmore Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Dinsmore In Ireland


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Dinsmore In Ireland



Some of the Dinsmore 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.

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The Great Migration


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The Great Migration



This oppression forced many Scots to leave their homelands. Most of these chose North America as their destination. Although the journey left many sick and poor, these immigrants were welcomed the hardy with great opportunity. Many of these settlers stood up for their newfound freedom in the American War of Independence. More recently, Scots abroad have recovered much of their collective heritage through highland games and other patriotic functions and groups. An examination of passenger and immigration lists has located various settlers bearing the name Dinsmore:

Dinsmore Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • David Dinsmore, who landed in New England in 1745
  • James Dinsmore settled in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1798

Dinsmore Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Robert Dinsmore, who arrived in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1808
  • Alexander Dinsmore, who arrived in New York, NY in 1812
  • Henry Dinsmore, who landed in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1822
  • J Dinsmore, who arrived in Mobile, Ala in 1822
  • John Dinsmore, who landed in New York in 1842
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Dinsmore Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century

  • James Dinsmore, aged 40, a farmer, arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick in 1833 aboard the schooner "Sarah" from Belfast, Ireland
  • Jane Dinsmore, aged 40, arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick in 1833 aboard the schooner "Sarah" from Belfast, Ireland
  • Nancy Dinsmore, aged 12, arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick in 1833 aboard the schooner "Sarah" from Belfast, Ireland
  • James Dinsmore, aged 12, arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick in 1833 aboard the schooner "Sarah" from Belfast, Ireland
  • Elizabeth Dinsmore, aged 10, arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick in 1833 aboard the schooner "Sarah" from Belfast, Ireland
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Contemporary Notables of the name Dinsmore (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Dinsmore (post 1700)



  • Julia Stockton Dinsmore (1833-1926), American poet
  • Nicholas "Nick" Dinsmore (b. 1975), American professional wrestler, known by his WWE ring name Eugene
  • Hugh Anderson Dinsmore (1850-1930), American politician, U.S. Representative from Arkansas (1903-1905)
  • John H. Dinsmore, American politician, Member of New Hampshire State House of Representatives, 1893
  • Joseph S. Dinsmore, American Republican politician, Postmaster at Bangor, Maine, 1954-60 (acting, 1954-55)
  • Paul A. Dinsmore, American Republican politician, Candidate for Rhode Island State House of Representatives 62nd District, 2002
  • Robert Dinsmore, American Democrat politician, Member of Massachusetts State House of Representatives First Suffolk District, 1923-24; Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Massachusetts, 1924
  • Robert S. Dinsmore, American Republican politician, Candidate for U.S. Representative from California 5th District, 1992, 1994, 1996, 1998
  • Robert William Dinsmore (b. 1940), American Democrat politician, Member of West Virginia State House of Delegates, 1969-76; Delegate to Democratic National Convention from West Virginia, 1972
  • Silas Dinsmore, American politician, Delegate to Texas Convention of 1832 from District of Mina, 1832
  • ... (Another 18 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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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: Spes anchora tuta
Motto Translation: Hope is a safe anchor.


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Citations


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Citations



  1. ^ 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)

Other References

  1. Innes, Thomas and Learney. Socts Heraldry A Practical Handbook on the Historical Principles and Modern Application of the Art of Science. London: Oliver and Boyd, 1934. Print.
  2. Moncrieffe, Sir Ian of That Ilk and David Hicks. The Highland Clans The Dynastic Origins, Cheifs and Background of the Clans. New York: C.N. Potter, 1968. Print.
  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. Dorward, David. Scottish Surnames. Glasgow: Harper Collins, 1995. Print.
  5. Egle, William Henry. Pennsylvania Genealogies Scotch-Irish and German. Harrisburg: L.S. Hart, 1886. 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. 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).
  8. Passenger Lists of Vessels Arriving at Galveston Texas 1896-1951. National Archives Washington DC. Print.
  9. Weis, Frederick Lewis, Walter Lee Sheppard and David Faris. Ancestral Roots of Sixty Colonists Who Came to New England Between 1623 and 1650 7th Edition. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0806313676).
  10. Burke, Sir Bernard. Genealogical and Heraldic History of the Landed Gentry Including American Families with British Ancestry 2 Volumes. London: Burke Publishing, 1939. Print.
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The Dinsmore Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Dinsmore 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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