Today's Irish surnames are underpinned by a multitude of rich histories. The name McDermitt 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 McDermitt family
The surname McDermitt 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 McDermitt family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our McDermitt 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 McDermitt History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
McDermitt Spelling Variations
Just like the English language, the Gaelic language of Ireland
was not standardized in the Middle Ages. Therefore, one's name was often recorded under several different spellings during the life of its bearer. Spelling variations
revealed in the search for the origins of the McDermitt family name include Dermott, Dermot, Dermitt, Dermit, McDermott, Dermutt, Dermut, MacDermott, McDermot, MacDermot, MacDermitt, McDermitt, MacDermit and many more.
Early Notables of the McDermitt family (pre 1700)
Another 36 words (3 lines of text) are included under the topic Early McDermitt Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the McDermitt family to the New World and Oceana
became inhospitable for many native Irish families
in the 19th centuries. Poverty, lack of opportunities, high rents, and discrimination forced thousands to leave the island for North America. The largest exodus of Irish settlers occurred with the Great Potato Famine
of the late 1840s. For these immigrants the journey to British North America and the United States was long and dangerous and many did not live to see the shores of those new lands. Those who did make it were essential to the development of what would become two of the wealthiest and most powerful nations of the world. These Irish immigrants were not only important for peopling the new settlements and cities, they also provided the manpower needed for the many industrial and agricultural projects so essential to these growing nations. Immigration and passenger lists have documented the arrival of various people bearing the name McDermitt to North America:
McDermitt Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
- Francis McDermitt, who landed in Indiana in 1852 CITATION[CLOSE]
Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
Contemporary Notables of the name McDermitt (post 1700)
- Joshua Matthew Michael "Josh" McDermitt (b. 1978), American film and television actor and comedian
The McDermitt 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.