Today's Irish surnames are underpinned by a multitude of rich histories. The name MacDermen comes from the Irish Gaelic Mac Diarmada, which means "son of Diarmuid," or, son of Dermot and belongs to the venerable Irish tradition of patronymic
naming. However another source claims the name came from the Irish diarmaid, which meant "the god of arms." CITATION[CLOSE]
O'Hart, John, Irish Pedigrees 5th Edition in 2 Volumes. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Company, 1976. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0737-4)
Early Origins of the MacDermen family
The surname MacDermen was first found in County Roscommon
(Irish: Ros Comáin) located in central Ireland
in the province of Connacht
, where the family is believed to have been descended from the Heremon
dynasty of Irish Kings and were known as the Princes of Moylurg, or the Kings of Connacht, known as the Clann Mulroona. Specifically they were descended from Teige, a King of Connacht
and his son, Murtogh, Prince of Moylurg. Their ancient territories were in the counties of Roscommon
. They were divided into three septs. One of the septs embraced English rule early and relatively painlessly, the other two suffered at the hands of Strongbow's invasion in the 12th century. Of the other two septs, the more prominent is based in Coolavin, in Sligo
. This sept was originally found at Moylurg and controlled a large part of Roscommon
. The head of this branch was one of the few leaders who is still credited as an authentic chieftain
by the Genealogical Office of Ireland
, conferring the rightful title The MacDermot. Moreover, the chief is also unofficially styled Prince of Coolavin. The third sept held a family seat
at Kilronan in the north of Roscommon
, and was referred to as MacDermot Roe, from the word ruadh, which means "red."
Early History of the MacDermen family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our MacDermen research.Another 237 words (17 lines of text) covering the years 1172, 1251, 1320, 1641, 1592, 1717, 1707 and 1717 are included under the topic Early MacDermen History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
MacDermen Spelling Variations
The recording of names in Ireland
during the Middle Ages was an inconsistent endeavor at best. Since the general population did not know how to read or write, they could only specify how their names should be recorded orally. Research into the name MacDermen revealed spelling variations
, including Dermott, Dermot, Dermitt, Dermit, McDermott, Dermutt, Dermut, MacDermott, McDermot, MacDermot, MacDermitt, McDermitt, MacDermit and many more.
Early Notables of the MacDermen family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the MacDermen family to the New World and Oceana
Death and immigration greatly reduced Ireland's population in the 19th century. For the native Irish people poverty, hunger, and racial prejudice was common. Therefore, thousands left their homeland to seek opportunity in North America. Those who survived the journey and the quarantine camps to which they arrived, were instrumental towards building the strong developing nations of the United States and the future Canada. By far, the largest influx of Irish settlers occurred with Great Potato Famine
during the late 1840s. These were employed as construction or factory workers. An examination of passenger and immigration lists has shown early immigrants bearing the name MacDermen: Jo Dermott who settled in Virginia in the year 1635 at the age of 21; John, Thomas, James, and William Dermot settled in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania between 1774 and 1804.
The MacDermen 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: Honor probataque virtus
Motto Translation: Honour and approved valour.