In ancient Scotland
, the ancestors of the Dunkannon family were part of a tribe called the Picts
. The name Dunkannon is derived from son of Duncan
which is derived from the Gaelic word or Clan Dhonnchaidh,
which means brown warrior,
accordingly the name literally means son of brown warrior.
Early Origins of the Dunkannon family
The surname Dunkannon was first found in Berwickshire
an ancient county of Scotland
, presently part of the Scottish Borders Council Area, located in the eastern part of the Borders Region of Scotland, where they held a family seat
from very ancient times, some say well before the Norman Conquest
and the arrival of Duke William at Hastings in 1066 A.D.
Early History of the Dunkannon family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Dunkannon research.Another 199 words (14 lines of text) covering the years 1376, 1367, 1582, 1530, 1601, 1574, 1576 and 1705 are included under the topic Early Dunkannon History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Dunkannon Spelling Variations
The appearance of the printing press and the first dictionaries in the last few hundred
years did much to standardize spelling. Prior to that time scribes spelled according to sound, a practice that resulted in many spelling variations
. Dunkannon has been spelled Duncanson, Duncason, Duncannon, Dunkeson and others.
Early Notables of the Dunkannon family (pre 1700)
Notable amongst the Clan
at this time was Gilbert Duncanson of the Park; John Duncanson (ca. 1530-1601), Scottish minister, he willingly converted to the new Protestant doctrines at the Reformation
, he was the King's Minister, tutor and chaplain to King James VI, and Moderator of the General... Another 46 words (3 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Dunkannon Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Dunkannon family to the New World and Oceana
The expense of the crossing to the North American colonies seemed small beside the difficulties of remaining in Scotland
. It was a long and hard trip, but at its end lay the reward of freedom. Some Scots remained faithful to England
and called themselves United Empire Loyalists, while others fought in the American War of Independence
. Much of this lost Scottish heritage has been recovered in the last century through Clan
societies and other patriotic Scottish organizations. A search of immigration and passenger lists revealed many important, early immigrants to North America bearing the name of Dunkannon: Robert Duncanson who settled in Georgia in 1730; Hugh Duncason settled in St. Vincent in 1774.
The Dunkannon 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: Mens et manus
Motto Translation: Heart and hand.