The surname ‘Dempsey’ originates from Ireland. It is derived from the Anglicised Gaelic form ‘O’Diomasaigh’ and ‘Mac Diomasaigh’ meaning ‘descendant’ and ‘son of ‘Diomasach’, a byname meaning ‘Proud’, ‘Haughty’, from the word ‘diomas’ meaning pride. The name was occasionally Anglicized as ‘Proudman’. Compiled information from Historical and Private archive’s has confirmed that the surname ‘Dempsey’ and or it’s variant’s, dates as far back as the eighteenth century were a ‘Jane Dempsey’, is recorded as being buried at Aldermary, England, in 1745. The exact period of settlement in North America has not been definitely determined but Information extracted from Public and Civil registry archive’s confirm that one of the first settlers was a certain ‘James Demsay’, aged 21, a husbandman by trade, from the city of London, England. He emigrated to North America in 1773, sailing from the Port of London aboard the ship named the ‘Elizabeth’ on the eleventh of December 1773… Coat of arms: Vert a lion rampant holdi…
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