MacDermaid History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The root of the ancient Dalriadan-Scottish name MacDermaid is the personal name Dermid which is derived from the Gaelic Mac Dhiarmaid, which means son of Dermid.

Early Origins of the MacDermaid family

The surname MacDermaid was first found in Perthshire (Gaelic: Siorrachd Pheairt) former county in the present day Council Area of Perth and Kinross, located in central Scotland, where they held a family seat from early times and their first records appeared on the early census rolls taken by the early Kings of Britain to determine the rate of taxation of their subjects.

Early History of the MacDermaid family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our MacDermaid research. Another 99 words (7 lines of text) are included under the topic Early MacDermaid History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

MacDermaid Spelling Variations

The translation of Gaelic names in the Middle Ages was not a task undertaken with great care. Records from that era show an enormous number of spelling variations, even in names referring to the same person. Over the years MacDermaid has appeared as MacDairmid, MacDermid, MacDiarmid, MacDarmid, MacDearmid, MacDermaid, MacDermont and many more.

Early Notables of the MacDermaid family (pre 1700)

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Migration of the MacDermaid family

Many settled along the east coast of what would become the United States and Canada. As the American War of Independence broke out, those who remained loyal to the crown went north to Canada as United Empire Loyalists. The ancestors of all of these hardy Dalriadan-Scottish settlers began to recover their collective history in the 20th century with the advent of the vibrant culture fostered by highland games and Clan societies in North America. Highland games, clan societies, and other organizations generated much renewed interest in Scottish heritage in the 20th century. The MacDermaid were among the earliest of the Scottish settlers as immigration passenger lists have shown: Henry and Thomas MacDermad settled in Philadelphia in 1855; Michael MacDearmont settled in Virginia in 1737.


Contemporary Notables of the name MacDermaid (post 1700) +

  • Marilyn MacDermaid, American politician, Candidate for U.S. Representative from Michigan 11th District, 2000 [1]
  • Anne MacDermaid, Canadian President (1982-1983), Vice President of the Association of Canadian Archivists (1981-1982)


The MacDermaid 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: Non immenor beneficii
Motto Translation: Grateful for kindness.


  1. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, November 12) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html


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