Dundee History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms
The ancestors of the Dundee family were part of an ancient Scottish tribe called the Picts. They lived in the town of Dundee in Angus.
Early Origins of the Dundee family
The surname Dundee was first found in Dundee, in the county of Angus, where they held a family seat from ancient times.
Early History of the Dundee family
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Dundee Spelling Variations
In medieval Scotland, names were more often spelled according to sound than any regular set of rules. An enormous number of spelling variations were the result. Over the years, the name Dundee has been spelled Dunde, Dundee and others.
Early Notables of the Dundee family (pre 1700)
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In such difficult times, Ireland, Australia, and North America looked like better homes for many Scots. The trips were expensive and grueling, but also rewarding, as the colonies were havens for those unwelcome in the old country. That legacy did not die easily, though, and many were forced to fight for their freedom in the American War of Independence. The Scottish legacy has resurface in more recent times, though, through Clan societies, highland games, and other organizations. Immigration and passenger lists have shown many early immigrants bearing the old Scottish name of Dundee:
Dundee Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
Dundee Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
Emigration to Australia followed the First Fleets of convicts, tradespeople and early settlers. Early immigrants include:
Dundee Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
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: Dei donum
Motto Translation: The gift of God.