Dan Dalrymple has compiled a very impressive
(and massive) two-volume book of Dalrymple genealogy and information
("A history of the descendants of Andrew Dalrymple, Scotch-Irish
emigrant to Massachusetts in 1713"). Copies of this history are archived at the Library of Congress and New York Public Library (copies are available from Dan Dalrymple, at cost (about $80). Please e-mail email@example.com for more information. I unfortunately
cannot include the entire collection on this site but have
added a few articles below.
History Outline of the Dalrymple
(by Fred Dalrymple, 1968)
To begin, the Dalrymple family in very early times no doubt
lived in Ireland, which in those times as known as Scotia.
The people of this island were of Celtic origin and were known
as Scots, they were ancestors of the Celtic people who occupied
ancient Gaul in the fourth century B.C. About 500 A.D. Scots
from Ireland began migrating to the country to the east of
their native island, known to us today as Scotland. These
Scots occupied lands along the western shores of Scotland,
such areas as Kintryre, Argyll and Arran received these newcomers,
known as Dalriadic Scots from the district in Northern Ireland
from which they came. It should be remembered that people
did not have surnames in this age and it was not until after
the Normans invaded England in 1066, that surnames in the
isles came into general use.
We find that the first mention of the Dalrymples occurs in
the charter of their lands, to John Kennedy of Dunure in 1371,
in the district of Kyle, Ayrshire. The barony of Dalrymple
was held in ancient times by a family who according to the
custom of those days, assumed their name from it. Adam de
Dalrimpill, a descendant of that family is the first recorded
Dalrymple He lived in the reign Alexander the third and died
in the year 1300.
It is from this family I conclude, that the majority, if
not all the Dalrymples of the present time descended. The
name Dalrymple in itself is unique, also it is a 'place name'
which I feel lends itself to a considerable amount of stability.
Generally such names as Taylor, Smith, Baker, etc. are 'trade
names' in origin and one may conclude that many villages and
hamlets had its bakers, tailors and smiths, thereby many families
completely unrelated and in different parts of the country,
found that they had the same family name. Due to the lack
of records in those ancient times I believe that the aforementioned
conclusion, for all practical purposes the most logical deduction
one might arrive at.
At this point, something should be said in connection with
the origin of the name Dalrymple itself. Dalrymple, formerly
written Dalrimpill is said to be an abbreviation of the Gaelic
words Dail-a-Chrunipuill, signifying "dale by the crooked
pool," it describes the situation of the village where
the church of Dalrymple stands, at a bend of the river Doon,
some say however a river is not a pool and that the church
was not built until 1764. Others state that is is derived
by Dal-ry-mole, also gaelic, meaning the valley of the slaughter
of a king or kings. There being a tradition that there was
a battle fought before the christian era, in the valley of
Dalrymple, in which two kings, Fergus and Coilus were slain.
Still others state that the Saxon words, Dahl and Hrympel
form the most obvious etymon, the surface of the parish having
numerous mounds or knolls, giving it a rumpled or puckered
appearance. There is no doubt various authoritiies will reject
one etymology for another. I believe that the name derived
from a gaelic origin and possibly the first theory suits it
The name Dalrymple has had various spellings, particularly
from 1200 to 1600 A.D. It appears as de Romple in the muster
rolls of the Scot Guiards in France. The different spelling
of the name has appeared particularly during the 1500s as
Dalrimpill, Dalrimpull, Dalrympill, Dalrumpill, Dalrympille,
Dauripill, Darumple and Dalrumpyll. No doubt most of the different
spellings were the result of the pronunciation of those times.
Even as late as 1871, when the first Dominion census was taken,
one of the brothers of my great-great grandfather had his
family name appearing on that document as Dyrimple. No doubt
this also was due to the spelling out of the name by sound
as best as they could.
Something also should be said of the different pronunciation
of the name in common speech thus, Darylple 1426, Dawrumpyl
1532 and Derumpill 1529. here again, pronuncation at times
plays an important part in the particular locality in which
the family may have originated. It is of interest that the
Dalrymples of Hants County, Nova Scotia and the local inhabitants
of that county pronounce the name Derumple, passed on from
generation to generation in the county no doubt. The pronunciation
Derumpill of 1529 and de Romple as it appeared on the muster
rolls of the Scots Guards in France is quite similar to that
of Hants county.