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Dounlop History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms



Dalriada, in ancient Scotland, is where the name Dounlop evolved. It was a name for someone who lived in the lands of Dunlop in the district of Cunningham. Until the mid-19th century, the name was locally pronounced Delap or Dulap.

Early Origins of the Dounlop family


The surname Dounlop was first found in Ayrshire (Gaelic: Siorrachd Inbhir Àir), formerly a county in the southwestern Strathclyde region of Scotland, that today makes up the Council Areas of South, East, and North Ayrshire, where one of the first records of the name was Dominius Willelmus de Dunlop who was listed as a witness to an indenture in 1260. Interestingly, the original document was lost but a notarial copy was made in 1444. The Ragman Rolls list Neill Fitz-Robert de Dunlop.

Early History of the Dounlop family


This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Dounlop research.
Another 567 words (40 lines of text) covering the years 1296, 1496, 1564, 1663, 1665, 1677, 1745, 1620, 1667, 1654, 1700, 1690, 1700, 1692, 1720, 1684, 1747, 1706 and are included under the topic Early Dounlop History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Dounlop Spelling Variations


Medieval translation of Gaelic names could not be referred to as an accurate process. Spelling was not yet standardized, and names in documents from that era are riddled with spelling variations. Dounlop has been written as Dunlop, Dunlap, Dunlope, Delap and others.

Early Notables of the Dounlop family (pre 1700)


Notable amongst the Clan from early times was Alexander Dunlop (c.1620-c.1667), a Presbyterian minister at Paisley, Scotland; William Dunlop, the Elder (c.1654-1700) a Covenanter, adventurer, and Principal of the University of Glasgow from 1690 to 1700; and...
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Migration of the Dounlop family to Ireland


Some of the Dounlop family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
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Migration of the Dounlop family to the New World and Oceana


Descendents of Dalriadan-Scottish families still populate many communities across North America. They are particularly common in Canada, since many went north as United Empire Loyalists at the time of the American War of Independence. Much later, in the late 19th and early 20th centuries, the highland games and Clan societies that now dot North America sprang up, allowing many Scots to recover their lost national heritage. Some of the first immigrants to cross the Atlantic and come to North America bore the name Dounlop, or a variant listed above: Alexander Dunlop who had purchased lands and settled in New Hampshire, in 1718. Several years later, James Dunlop landed in Augusta, Georgia.

The Dounlop 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: Merito
Motto Translation: With merit.


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