Dunkinson History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The ancient Pictish-Scottish name Dunkinson 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 Dunkinson family

The surname Dunkinson 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 Dunkinson family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Dunkinson research. Another 100 words (7 lines of text) covering the years 1376, 1367, 1582, 1530, 1601, 1574, 1576 and 1705 are included under the topic Early Dunkinson History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Dunkinson Spelling Variations

Scribes in the Middle Ages did not have access to a set of spelling rules. They spelled according to sound, the result was a great number of spelling variations. In various documents, Dunkinson has been spelled Duncanson, Duncason, Duncannon, Dunkeson and others.

Early Notables of the Dunkinson 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 Dunkinson Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Migration of the Dunkinson family

The cruelties suffered under the new government forced many to leave their ancient homeland for the freedom of the North American colonies. Those who arrived safely found land, freedom, and opportunity for the taking. These hardy settlers gave their strength and perseverance to the young nations that would become the United States and Canada. Immigration and passenger lists have shown many early immigrants bearing the name Dunkinson: Robert Duncanson who settled in Georgia in 1730; Hugh Duncason settled in St. Vincent in 1774.



The Dunkinson 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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