The western coast of Scotland
and the desolate Hebrides
islands are the ancient home of the McDermaid family. Their name is derived from the personal name Dermid
which is derived from the Gaelic Mac Dhiarmaid,
which means son of Dermid.
Early Origins of the McDermaid family
The surname McDermaid 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 McDermaid family
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McDermaid Spelling Variations
were extremely common in medieval names, since scribes from that era recorded names according to sound rather than a standard set of rules. McDermaid has appeared in various documents spelled MacDairmid, MacDermid, MacDiarmid, MacDarmid, MacDearmid, MacDermaid, MacDermont and many more.
Early Notables of the McDermaid family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the McDermaid family to the New World and Oceana
Some of the first settlers of this family name were:
McDermaid Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century
- Mr. Duncan McDermaid U.E. who settled in Charlotte County, New Brunswick c. 1784 CITATION[CLOSE]
Rubincam, Milton. The Old United Empire Loyalists List. Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc, 1976. (Originally published as; United Empire Loyalists. The Centennial of the Settlement of Upper Canada. Rose Publishing Company, 1885.) ISBN 0-8063-0331-X
McDermaid Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
- James McDermaid, aged 22, who arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Duchess of Argyle" in 1842
- Ellen McDermaid, aged 21, who arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Duchess of Argyle" in 1842
- Mary Ann McDermaid, aged 24, who arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Duchess of Argyle" in 1842
Contemporary Notables of the name McDermaid (post 1700)
- Don McDermaid, Canadian curler who plays Lead for the Jamie Murphy Lower Sackville, Nova Scotia team
The McDermaid 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.