Show ContentsMcDermaid History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

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. "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 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

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)

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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Canada McDermaid migration to Canada +

The descendants of the Dalriadan families who made the great crossing of the Atlantic still dot communities along the east coast of the United States and Canada. In the American War of Independence, many of the settlers traveled north to Canada as United Empire Loyalists. Clan societies and highland games have allowed Canadian and American families of Scottish descent to recover much of their lost heritage. Investigation of the origins of family names on the North American continent has revealed that early immigrants bearing the name McDermaid or a variant listed above include:

McDermaid Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century
  • Mr. Duncan McDermaid U.E. who settled in Charlotte County, New Brunswick c. 1784 [3]

New Zealand McDermaid migration to New Zealand +

Emigration to New Zealand followed in the footsteps of the European explorers, such as Captain Cook (1769-70): first came sealers, whalers, missionaries, and traders. By 1838, the British New Zealand Company had begun buying land from the Maori tribes, and selling it to settlers, and, after the Treaty of Waitangi in 1840, many British families set out on the arduous six month journey from Britain to Aotearoa to start a new life. Early immigrants include:

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.

  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
  3. 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 on Facebook