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Dunster History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms



The ancient roots of the Dunster family name are in the Anglo-Saxon culture. The name Dunster comes from when the family lived in the parish of Dunster in the county of Somerset. The place-name is derived from the Old English word Dunntorr, which refers to a rocky peak.

Early Origins of the Dunster family


The surname Dunster was first found in Somerset at Dunster, home of Dunster Castle, a former motte and bailey castle, now a country house owned by the National Trust, which operates it as a tourist attraction. The location has been fortified since the late Anglo-Saxon period and the by the 11th century, William de Mohun had constructed a timber castle on the site. After the siege of Dunster Castle at the end of the English Civil War, much of the castle was destroyed but was later remodeled to fit Victorian tastes. One of the first records of the name was William de Mohun of Dunster (c.1090-c.1155) who was a favourite of Empress Matilda, daughter of King Henry I, and a loyal supporter of her in the war against King Stephen. He earned the epithet the "Scourge of the West"and after the war, Empress Matilda granted him the title Earl of Somerset, in 1141. His father, William was Sheriff of Somerset in 1084.

Early History of the Dunster family


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Dunster Spelling Variations


One relatively recent invention that did much to standardize English spelling was the printing press. However, before its invention even the most literate people recorded their names according to sound rather than spelling. The spelling variations under which the name Dunster has appeared include Dunster, Dunstar, Dunstarr, Dunsterr and others.

Early Notables of the Dunster family (pre 1700)


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Migration of the Dunster family to the New World and Oceana


At this time, the shores of the New World beckoned many English families that felt that the social climate in England was oppressive and lacked opportunity for change. Thousands left England at great expense in ships that were overcrowded and full of disease. A great portion of these settlers never survived the journey and even a greater number arrived sick, starving, and without a penny. The survivors, however, were often greeted with greater opportunity than they could have experienced back home. These English settlers made significant contributions to those colonies that would eventually become the United States and Canada. An examination of early immigration records and passenger ship lists revealed that people bearing the name Dunster arrived in North America very early:

Dunster Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • Henry Dunster, who landed in Boston, Massachusetts in 1640 [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
  • Henry Dunster, who settled in Cambridge Massachusetts in 1648
  • Tobias Dunster, who arrived in Virginia in 1663 [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)

Dunster Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Eliza Dunster, who landed in Boston, Massachusetts in 1744 [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
  • William Dunster settled with his wife Elizabeth in Baltimore in 1775

Dunster Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • John and Mrs Dunster, who settled in New York in 1820 with a child

Contemporary Notables of the name Dunster (post 1700)


  • Matthew Dunster, English Olivier Award nominated theater director, playwright and actor, an Associate Artist at the Young Vic theatre in London
  • Charles Dunster (1750-1816), British writer, and translator
  • Tommy Dunster, Argentine soap opera actor
  • Bernard Francis Dunster (1921-1995), Canadian gold medalist ice hockey player at the 1948 Winter Olympics
  • William Robert Dunster OBE (b. 1960), British architect
  • Robin Dunster (b. 1944), Australian chief of staff of the Salvation Army International, the first woman to hold the office

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  1. ^ Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)

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