Dunmall History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms 

Dunmall is an ancient Norman name that arrived in England after the Norman Conquest of 1066. The Dunmall family lived in Essex, where they lived at the manor of Dunmow.

Early Origins of the Dunmall family

The surname Dunmall was first found in Essex where they held a family seat as Lords of the Manor of Dunmow. Originally, the Saxon spelling was Dommauua. Conjecturally, the family name is descended from one of the holders of land identified by the Domesday Book Survey taken in 1086, as sharing estates at Dunmow. These were Adeluf de Marck from Count Eutace, the tenant in Chief, Wulfbert from Earl William Warren, Edmer from the Swain of Essex, Ralph from Eudo the Steward, Serlo from Hamo the Steward, Martel and William from Geoffrey de Mandeville. All these shared the estates of the villages Great Dunmow and Little Dunmow, and, genealogically speaking, it is difficult to identify which of these land holders at the taking of the Domesday Book was the scion of the Dunmow family name. The villages, Little and Greater Dunmow, contained 3 Mills, 20 Beehives, 65 goats, 11 Cobs(work horses,) and 21 cattle, holdings which gave it a rating of being a fairly large and influential town by Domesday standards.

Important Dates for the Dunmall family

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Dunmall Spelling Variations

Norman surnames are characterized by a multitude of spelling variations. The frequent changes in surnames are largely due to the fact that the Old and Middle English languages lacked definite spelling rules. The introduction of Norman French to England, as well as the official court languages of Latin and French, also had pronounced influences on the spelling of surnames. Since medieval scribes and church officials recorded names as they sounded, rather than adhering to any specific spelling rules, it was common to find the same individual referred to with different spellings. The name has been spelled Dunmow, Dunmowe, Dunmough, Dunmo, Dunmole and many more.

Early Notables of the Dunmall family (pre 1700)

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Migration of the Dunmall family

Many English families emigrated to North American colonies in order to escape the political chaos in Britain at this time. Unfortunately, many English families made the trip to the New World under extremely harsh conditions. Overcrowding on the ships caused the majority of the immigrants to arrive diseased, famished, and destitute from the long journey across the stormy Atlantic. Despite these hardships, many of the families prospered and went on to make invaluable contributions to the development of the cultures of the United States and Canada. Early North American immigration records have revealed a number of people bearing the name Dunmall or a variant listed above: Francis Dunmole who landed in America in 1754.

Contemporary Notables of the name Dunmall (post 1700)

  • Paul Dunmall, British jazz saxophonist

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