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Dunkanson History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms



The Picts were the ancient Scottish tribe where the ancestors of the Dunkanson family lived. The name Dunkanson comes 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 Dunkanson family


The surname Dunkanson 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 Dunkanson family


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Dunkanson Spelling Variations


When the first dictionaries were invented in the last few hundred years, spelling gradually became standardized. Before that time, scribes spelled according to sound. Names were often recorded under different spelling variations every time they were written. Dunkanson has been written Duncanson, Duncason, Duncannon, Dunkeson and others.

Early Notables of the Dunkanson 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...
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Migration of the Dunkanson family to the New World and Oceana


The crossing to North America did not seem so great in comparison with the hardships many Scots endured at home. It was long, expensive, and cramped, but also rewarding. North America offered land and the chance for settlers to prove themselves in a new place. And many did prove themselves as they fought to forge a new nation in the American War of Independence. The ancestors of those Scots can now experience much of their once-lost heritage through the Clan societies and highland games that have sprung up across North America in the last century. A search of immigration and passenger lists revealed many important, early immigrants to North America bearing the name of Dunkanson: Robert Duncanson who settled in Georgia in 1730; Hugh Duncason settled in St. Vincent in 1774.

The Dunkanson 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.


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