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Dearmond/McDermott origins
Posted by: Tim Deyarmie (ID *****9133) Date: September 18, 2008 at 06:24:13
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Variants of Dearmond are rare today in Ireland. Those who remained behind in Ireland, began to exclusively use McDermott. This has been a cause of misinformation because McDermott has different origins in Ireland and Scotland. The MacDiarmada of Connachta are the primary origin of McDermott. The ancient sept of O'Duibhiorma (Dwyorma, Dooyearma, Dierma) originate from the Moville parish of Inishowen barony of Donegal, once called An Bredach. As members moved south in into parishes such as Leck and Clonleigh, they are recorded as O'Diermond, O'Dermond, Deyermott, etc. and eventually McDermott. A vowell shift of er to ar appears to have occured upon emigration from Donegal to other areas of the English speaking world. More participation in Y DNA testing will confirm or deny these findings.


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