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Where did the Scottish Dunwoody family come from? What is the Scottish Dunwoody family crest and coat of arms? When did the Dunwoody family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Dunwoody family history?

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Spelling variations of this family name include: Dinwoodie, Dinwiddie, Dinswoodie, Dunwoodie, Dinwoody, Dinwiddy, Dinswoody, Dunwoody, Dinwoodey, Dinwiddey, Dunwordy, Dunswoodie, Dunswoody, Dunswoodey, Dimswoodie, Dimswoody, Dunswoddy, Dinswoddy, Dinswudy, Dimswudy, Dinwudy and many more.

First found in Dumfriesshire at Dinwoodie in the parish of Applegarth where one of the first records of the name was Sir Alan de Dunwidi was listed as seneschal (a royal officer in charge of justice) of Annandale in the first quarter of the thirteenth century. Adam de Dunwidie witnessed a claim of lands (c. 1194-1214.) Years later, Alan Dinwoodie rendered homage in 1296 to King Edward I of England on his brief conquest of Scotland. [1]


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Dunwoody research. Another 213 words(15 lines of text) covering the years 1590, 1200, 1194, 1639, 1770, 1751, 1758, 1753, 1754 and are included under the topic Early Dunwoody History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Another 385 words(28 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Dunwoody Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Some of the Dunwoody family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 103 words(7 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Dunwoody Settlers in United States in the 19th Century


  • Robert Dunwoody, who arrived in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1875

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  • General Ann Elizabeth Dunwoody (b. 1953), the current American Commanding General, U.S. Army Materiel Command
  • Todd Franklin Dunwoody (b. 1975), former American Major League Baseball player
  • Professor Martin J Dunwoody (b. 1938), professor of mathematics at the University of Southampton, England
  • Gwyneth Dunwoody (b. 1930), the longest-serving woman Member of the Parliament of the United Kingdom
  • Dr. John Elliot Orr Dunwoody (1929-2006), British surgeon and Labour politician
  • Thomas Richard Dunwoody MBE (b. 1964), a retired British jockey
  • Moyra Tamsin Dunwoody (b. 1958), British politician


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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: Ubi Libertas Ibi Patrium
Motto Translation: Where liberty prevails there is my country.

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  1. ^ Black, George F., The Surnames of Scotland Their Origin, Meaning and History. New York: New York Public Library, 1946. Print. (ISBN 0-87104-172-3)

Other References

  1. Browne, James. The History of Scotland it's Highlands, Regiments and Clans 8 Volumes. Edinburgh: Francis A Niccolls & Co, 1909. Print.
  2. Papworth, J.W and A.W Morant. Ordinary of British Armorials. London: T.Richards, 1874. Print.
  3. Matthews, John. Matthews' American Armoury and Blue Book. London: John Matthews, 1911. Print.
  4. Burke, Sir Bernard. Genealogical and Heraldic History of the Peerage and Baronetage, The Privy Council, Knightage and Compainonage. London: Burke Publishing, 1921. Print.
  5. Fairbairn,. Fairbain's book of Crests of the Families of Great Britain and Ireland, 4th Edition 2 volumes in one. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1968. Print.
  6. Leeson, Francis L. Dictionary of British Peerages. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1986. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-1121-5).
  7. Urquhart, Blair Edition. Tartans The New Compact Study Guide and Identifier. Secauccus, NJ: Chartwell Books, 1994. Print. (ISBN 0-7858-0050-6).
  8. Chadwick, Nora Kershaw and J.X.W.P Corcoran. The Celts. London: Penguin, 1970. Print. (ISBN 0140212116).
  9. Prebble, John. The Highland Clearances. London: Secker & Warburg, 1963. Print.
  10. Black, George F. The Surnames of Scotland Their Origin, Meaning and History. New York: New York Public Library, 1946. Print. (ISBN 0-87104-172-3).
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The Dunwoody Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Dunwoody Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

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