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The Damerin Coat of Arms
Carl A. Settle of Hampton, VA, wrote to the newsletter inquiring about the source of the coat of arms printed on the back cover of the newsletter. He wrote, "I have tried to identify the pictured coat of arms without any known success. The nearest I have come in on Pl. CLXXIII D of Riestap's Armorial General, a French publication. On cited plate a coat of arms for DAMERIN (Flandre) is depicted. The narrative description indicates the shield is silver with a black chevron and three red tourt, or balls, thereon, but no mention is made of the embellishments as shown on the coat of arms on the newsletter."
The coat of arms that appears on the back cover of the newsletter is from Helen Foster Snow's Dameron-Damron Genealogy. Though it was printed in her book with the name DAMERON below it, Snow credits the same source mentioned by Carl Settle and notes that was for DAMERIN (Flandre). Julia Dameron Olds painted the coat of arms for Mrs. Snow's book based on that information. Although Mrs. Snow mentions that they could find no crest or motto for the Damerin coat of arms, the painting shows a crest, the crown above the helmet.
The word "Flandre" following the family name identifies the location of the Damerin family to whom the coat of arms belonged. It is French for Flanders. The Funk and Wagnalls New Encyclopedia states that Flanders was the name applied to the extensive region embracing the present provinces of East and West Flanders in Belgium, the southern portion of Zeeland Province in the Netherlands, and Nord Department in France.
Carl Settle found another version of the Dameron coat of arms being sold by a vendor at a local mall. That version had the same design on the shield, but included a crest of three ostrich feathers. Though the salesman assured Mr. Settle that all coats of arms had been verified by authorities in England and Europe, he was unable to provide a specific reference for the crest.
I have decided to delete the crown from the coat of arms shown on the cover of the newsletter because there is no evidence that the Damerin coat of arms included a crest of this design. We don't know if or how the Dameron family that lived in the vicinity of Ipswich, County Suffolk, England, was related to the Flemish Damerin family which used the coat of arms. No record has been found for a Dameron coat of arms in England. Ipswich, England, is directly across the North Sea from the area that was once called Flanders, so it is certainly possible that the English Damerons had come originally from Flanders. For now, I'll continue to use this coat of arms on the back cover of the newsletter, but it is important to realize that we have no idea whether or not the family entitled to use this coat of arms was in any way related to the Lawrence Dameron who settled in Northumberland Co., VA, in about 1652.
The above appeared in the Spring 1991, Volume 20, issue the DAMERON-DAMRON FAMILY NEWSLETTER edited by Kathleen Near.
(Note: I have colorized the line drawing that is used on the newsletter. The colors used are essentially used in a cosmetic manner and not intended to represent an official coat of arms.--- Charles C. Chaney)
NOTE: Coats of arms were granted to individuals for the use of that individual and his right to pass it on to direct descendants, generally the eldest son. Children other than the eldest son had to alter the coat of arms in some manner. Other sons may not have had the right to use the coat of arms. Therefore, a coat of arms was not granted to everyone possessing the surname but a specific individual and, possibly, his descendants. Individuals with the same surname may have different coats of arms if each received a grant. Determining if one is legitimately entitled to a coat of arms requires carefully tracing the lineage, for arms are passed from generation to generation in a family according to strict rules of inheritance.
Timothy Field Beard. How to Find Your Family Roots. New York: McGraw-Hill Book Company, 1977.
Kary L. Meyerink. "Myths in Family History." Ancestry (November/December 2002): 21-25.
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