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The ancient Dalriadan clans of Scotland
spawned the name McDiarmid. It is derived from the personal name Dermid
which is derived from the Gaelic Mac Dhiarmaid,
which means son of Dermid.
The surname McDiarmid 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.
In the Middle Ages, the translation between Gaelic and English was not a highly developed process. Spelling was not yet standardized, and so, an enormous number of spelling variations appear in records of early Scottish names. McDiarmid has appeared as MacDairmid, MacDermid, MacDiarmid, MacDarmid, MacDearmid, MacDermaid, MacDermont and many more.
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our McDiarmid research. Another 234 words (17 lines of text) are included under the topic Early McDiarmid History in all our PDF Extended History products
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More information is included under the topic Early McDiarmid Notables in all our PDF Extended History products
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Many settled along the east coast of what would become the United States and Canada. As the American War of Independence
broke out, those who remained loyal to the crown went north to Canada as United Empire Loyalists. The ancestors of all of these hardy Dalriadan-Scottish settlers began to recover their collective history in the 20th century with the advent of the vibrant culture fostered by highland games and Clan
societies in North Ameri ca.
Highland games, clan societies, and other organizations generated much renewed interest in Scottish heritage in the 20th century. The McDiarmid were among the earliest of the Scottish settlers as immigration passenger lists have shown:
McDiarmid Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
- Mary McDiarmid, who arrived in New York, NY in 1739
McDiarmid Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century
- Mr. Peter McDiarmid U.E., (McDormit, McDermaed) who settled in Didgeguash, 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
McDiarmid Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century
- Allan McDiarmid, aged 39, a weaver, arrived in Quebec aboard the ship "Dorothy" in 1815
- Janet McDiarmid, aged 25, arrived in Quebec aboard the ship "Dorothy" in 1815
- Donald McDiarmid, aged 15, arrived in Quebec aboard the ship "Dorothy" in 1815
- Christian McDiarmid, aged 14, arrived in Quebec aboard the ship "Dorothy" in 1815
- Janet McDiarmid, aged 12, arrived in Quebec aboard the ship "Dorothy" in 1815
McDiarmid Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
- Archibald McDiarmid arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Tomatin" in 1840
- Jane McDiarmid arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Tomatin" in 1840
- Charles McDiarmid arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Tomatin" in 1840
- John McDiarmid, aged 34, a shepherd, arrived in South Australia in 1853 aboard the ship "Hercules"
- John McDiarmid, aged 61, a labourer, arrived in South Australia in 1855 aboard the ship "Royal Albert"
- C. J. McDiarmid, American owner of the Cincinnati Reds baseball team of the National League from 1927 through 1929
- John McDiarmid (1911-1982), American tennis player
- Matthew McDiarmid (1914-1996), Scottish literary scholar, essayist, campaigning academic and poet
- Ian McDiarmid (b. 1944), Scottish actor
- John Brodie McDiarmid (1913-2002), Canadian academic
- Archibald "Archie" McDiarmid (1897-1957), Canadian track and field athlete
- Hon. John Stewart McDiarmid (1882-1965), Canadian politician from Manitoba
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 beneficiiMotto Translation:
Grateful for kindness.
- ^ 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
- Moody David. Scottish Family History. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1994. Print. (ISBN 0806312688).
- Browning, Charles H. Americans of Royal Descent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
- Leeson, Francis L. Dictionary of British Peerages. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1986. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-1121-5).
- Bowman, George Ernest. The Mayflower Reader A Selection of Articales from The Mayflower Descendent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
- Samuelsen, W. David. New York City Passenger List Manifests Index 1820 - 1824. North Salt Lake, Utah: Accelerated Indexing Systems International, 1986. Print.
- Passenger Lists of Vessels Arriving at Galveston Texas 1896-1951. National Archives Washington DC. Print.
- Skene, William Forbes Edition. Chronicles of the Picts, Chronicles of the Scots and Other Early Memorials of Scottish History. Edinburgh: H.M. General Register House, 1867. Print.
- Chadwick, Nora Kershaw and J.X.W.P Corcoran. The Celts. London: Penguin, 1970. Print. (ISBN 0140212116).
- Bell, Robert. The Book of Ulster Surnames. Belfast: Blackstaff, 1988. Print. (ISBN 10-0856404160).
- Bradford, William. History of Plymouth Plantation 1620-1647 Edited by Samuel Eliot Morrison 2 Volumes. New York: Russell and Russell, 1968. Print.
The McDiarmid Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The McDiarmid Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.
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