Show ContentsMacDermid History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The MacDermid family history stretches back to the clans of the Dalriadan kingdom on the sea-swept Hebrides islands and mountainous western coast of Scotland. The name MacDermid is derived from the personal name Dermid which is derived from the Gaelic Mac Dhiarmaid, which means son of Dermid. "The Macdiarmids of Glenlyon claim or claimed to be the oldest if not the aboriginal race of the district. Nemeas Mactarmayt was rector of St Conganus de Duybrinis (Durinish) and afterwards vicar of Kilchoman in Islay, 1427. " [1]

Early Origins of the MacDermid family

The surname MacDermid 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 MacDermid family

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MacDermid Spelling Variations

Spelling in the medieval era was a highly imprecise process. Translation, particularly from Gaelic to English, was little better. For these reasons, early Scottish names are rife with spelling variations. In various documents MacDermid has been spelled MacDairmid, MacDermid, MacDiarmid, MacDarmid, MacDearmid, MacDermaid, MacDermont and many more.

Early Notables of the MacDermid family (pre 1700)

Notable amongst the Clan from early times was John MacDiarmid (1779-1808), Scottish journalist and author, born in 1779 at Weem, Perthshire, where his father, James Macdiarmid (1743-1828), was parish minister. A brother, James, was an officer in the army. After receiving elementary education at home, he studied at Edinburgh and St. Andrews Universities, and for a short time was a private tutor. In 1801 he settled in London as a man of letters. There he wrote for various periodicals, and edited the 'St. James's Chronicle.' Macdiarmid, who was always in poverty, died in London of paralysis, 7 April 1808. [2] John M'Diarmid...
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United States MacDermid migration to the United States +

Settlers from Scotland put down roots in communities all along the east coast of North America. Some moved north from the American colonies to Canada as United Empire Loyalists during the American War of Independence. As Clan societies and highland games started in North America in the 20th century many Scots rediscovered parts of their heritage. Early North American records indicate many people bearing the name MacDermid were among those contributors:

MacDermid Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
  • Archibald MacDermid, aged 24, who immigrated to the United States, in 1908
  • Archie J. MacDermid, aged 24, who settled in America from Panama, in 1908
  • Archibald John MacDermid, aged 31, who landed in America, in 1916
  • Marian E. MacDermid, aged 24, who immigrated to the United States from Bedford, England, in 1918
  • Duncan Macdermid, aged 72, who landed in America from Uddingston, Scotland, in 1924

Contemporary Notables of the name MacDermid (post 1700) +

  • Lane MacDermid (b. 1989), American professional AHL ice hockey forward
  • Paul MacDermid (b. 1963), Canadian retired professional NHL ice hockey right winger

The MacDermid 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. 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)
  2. Smith, George (ed), Dictionary of National Biography. London: Smith, Elder & Co., 1885-1900. Print on Facebook