Early Origins of the Dunse family
The surname Dunse was first found in Berwickshire
where they held a family seat
on the English/Scottish border. After the Norman Conquest
many of Duke William's rebellious Barons moved north. The border became a convenient no-man's land. Notable families such as the Percy, the Umfravilles and the Nevilles gathered many supporting clans around them. In the 16th century they became known as the 'unruly clans'. In that century, many of those clans drove their herds south, and they settled in Yorkshire
. The name was first recorded in Duns in 1150 when Hugh le Duns held the estates. It is most likely that the family were of Norman origin from Dunster Castle and may have been related to William de Moyon of Moion in Normandy
. The original Duns Castle was built in 1320 by the Earl of Moray, nephew of Robert the Bruce.
Early History of the Dunse family
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Dunse Spelling Variations
Early Notables of the Dunse family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Dunse family to the New World and Oceana
Some of the first settlers of this family name or some of its variants were: the name represented in many forms and recorded from the mid 17th century in the great migration from Europe. Migrants settled in the eastern seaboard from Newfoundland, to Maine, to Virginia, the Carolinas, and to the islands..
Contemporary Notables of the name Dunse (post 1700)
- Alex Dunse, member of the Vancouver Wave, Rugby Canada