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Where did the Scottish Dempster family come from? What is the Scottish Dempster family crest and coat of arms? When did the Dempster family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Dempster family history?The roots of the ancient Scottish name Dempster are found among the people of a tribe known as the Picts. Dempster is a name for a person who held the office of judex or dempster to the Parliament. Up until 1747, every barony held courts for trials in that barony and the judex was a baillie for the chief or laird.
The appearance of the printing press and the first dictionaries in the last few hundred years did much to standardize spelling. Prior to that time scribes spelled according to sound, a practice that resulted in many spelling variations. Dempster has been spelled Dempster, Deemester, Dempstar, Demster and others.
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Dempster research. Another 242 words(17 lines of text) covering the years 1296, 1579, and 1625 are included under the topic Early Dempster History in all our PDF Extended History products.
More information is included under the topic Early Dempster Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.
Some of the Dempster family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 124 words(9 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products.
The expense of the crossing to the North American colonies seemed small beside the difficulties of remaining in Scotland. It was a long and hard trip, but at its end lay the reward of freedom. Some Scots remained faithful to England and called themselves United Empire Loyalists, while others fought in the American War of Independence. Much of this lost Scottish heritage has been recovered in the last century through Clan societies and other patriotic Scottish organizations. A search of immigration and passenger lists revealed many important, early immigrants to North America bearing the name of Dempster:
Dempster Settlers in the United States in the 17th Century
Dempster Settlers in the United States in the 18th Century
Dempster Settlers in the United States in the 19th Century
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: Fortier et strenue
Motto Translation: Boldly and earnestly.
The Dempster Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Dempster 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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