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Where did the Scottish Dundee family come from? What is the Scottish Dundee family crest and coat of arms? When did the Dundee family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Dundee family history?

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.


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.

First found in Dundee, in the county of Angus, where they held a family seat from ancient times.


This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Dundee research. Another 239 words (17 lines of text) covering the years 1245, 1287, 1292, 1296, 1297, 1458, 1489, 1526, and 1558 are included under the topic Early Dundee History in all our PDF Extended History products.


More information is included under the topic Early Dundee Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.


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

  • George Dundee, who arrived in Maryland in 1664

Dundee Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • William Dundee who landed in North America in 1730

Dundee Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • John Dundee, aged 25, arrived in South Australia in 1854 aboard the ship "Marion"


  • James "Jamie" Dundee (b. 1971), American professional wrestler
  • Johnny Dundee (1893-1965), American featherweight and junior lightweight boxer
  • Joe Dundee (1903-1982), American boxer
  • Sean William Dundee (b. 1972), South African-born footballer
  • Professor John Dundee (1921-1992), one of the world's leading anaesthetists
  • Vince Dundee (1907-1949), former New York State middleweight champion of the world


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.


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The Dundee Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Dundee 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.

This page was last modified on 15 July 2015 at 22:19.

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