The Dameron name has been an honorable one, tracing its origin past the
14th century. Furgeson, an authority on surnames,
places the derivation on the Dameron to a compound of two old German
words, dam (judgement), and run (wisdom). The origins of the coat
of arms was Flanders, which is now known as Belgium, and the original
spelling of the name was Damerin, as was the French spelling of the
name, various other spellings of the name exist, including Damrell,
Damrun, Damerson, Damison, Dammron, etc. It is not uncommon to
find the name spelled several ways on the same document, because court
clerks and census takers often spelled the name as it sounded to
them. Damron is probably the most common variation of the name
today, but we must bear in mind that no matter the variation, those of
us in America can in all probability be traced to a common Dameron
The coat of arms consists of a yellow
shield, fixed on this is a black chevron and three red circles, two
above the chevron and one below. This coat of arms is registered
in the Armorial Registries of France and England as well as the Library
of Congress. Described in heraldic terms, it reads as follows:
Armorial General, 1887): Argent, a chevron sable accompanied by
gules. In France it is registered as Damerin. Flandre.
D’arg, au chev.
De sa., acc., de trios tourt. De gu.
The date of the first Damerons in this country is proven at 1614 and
was probably a few years prior to that. At that time there were
less than one thousand Europeans on these shores. Damerons can
claim a relationship to some of the most illustrious in our countries
history, including George Washington, they also entered Kentucky with
Daniel Boone, and were with him upon his entry to Tennessee. Some
were with Boone when he was in Missouri. He performed a marriage
for one of my ancestors while he was a magistrate there.
A number of Dameron descendants have engaged in the study of the
Dameron/Damron genealogy, the most notable being Helen Foster Snow, who
compiled several hundred pages on not only the Dameron/Damrons, in this
country, but in England as well. (Helen died in the United
States on January 11, 1997, at the age of 89.) Helen's works
were not completely indexed, and are difficult to use a ready
reference, but without them I would be back near square one.
Most of the Dameron/Damrons in this country are descended from either
Bartholomew or George Dameron, sons of Lawrence Dameron.
Although they settled first in Virginia, they soon enlarged their area
to include West Virginia and North Carolina, spreading rapidly into
Kentucky and Tennessee and from there to Illinois, Ohio Kentucky,
Tennessee, Texas and California, but they are found in every state,
including Hawaii and Alaska.
The Civil War found Dameron/Damrons on both sides, several even
switching sides. Many of the Damron west of Virginia supported
northern views, with dire consequences to some. Several North
Carolina Damerons died in this war and confederate Damerons in Missouri
died in Union prisons.
Today’s Dameron/Damrons can be found in all walks of life, including
medicine, law and other businesses and professions, as well as blue
collar workers and those in government service. There is
estimated to be six thousand Dameron/Damrons of voting age, with
several times this amount in their descendants.