- "The more prepared, the stronger."
- —The motto of the Dunbars since the twelfth century.
Dunbar is the surname of an old wizarding family descended from Norman Dunbar and is one of the Sacred Twenty-Eight. They were once pure-bloods, but Patrick Dunbar was married to the half-blood wizard Archie Andrews once and since he has a Muggle father, their son Jordan Andrews was half-blood.
Ever since the founding of the family, its members are either sorted into Hufflepuff or Slytherin but that tradition was broken in 2019. It was noticeable that the Hufflepuff members married a Slytherin while the Slytherin members married a Hufflepuff later on in life. The Dunbars have traditionally been sorted into either Hufflepuff or Slytherin House at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry but there are members of the family in the other two Houses now as well; they are also very wealthy, with a vault at Gringotts Wizarding Bank containing a great deal of gold.
There were no Ravenclaws or Gryffindors in the family until Patrick married Archie Andrew: their son Jordan was not only the first half-blood in the family but he was also the first Gryffindor. Jordan's relationship with Lynn Hudson may eventually lead to the first Ravenclaw member of the family. Joshua, the patriarch of the family, was against the marriage of his son with Archie and dislikes their son Jordan heavily, not only because he's a Gryffindor but also because he's a half-blood and not a pure-blood. Joshua's relationship with Patrick strained because Patrick stood up for his son and accepted him in everything his father did not, and Joshua could and would not accept the "destruction" of the Dunbar family.
The Dunbars stand up for what they believe in and are extremely loyal to members and friends of the family. The family is extremely secretive and almost never allows any visitors entrance to their manor.
For centuries now, the Dunbar family has close ties to the Hudson family. Their relationship evolved so much over the years that now they consider each other extended family. The Hudsons are one of the few families who have been inside their manor.
Unfortunately, Alice died due to tragic events when Patrick and Liam were both respectively one and zero years old. It took Joshua a couple of years to get over her death but he was thankful to have Carole Hudson at his side, whom had also lost her partner recently. After they had mourned the loss of their partners, Joshua and Carole quickly fell in love and married. This marriage caused the Durban family to merge with the Hudson family.
The Dunbar mansion was vacant until Liam turned eighteen. He inherited the mansion and moved back to it, wanting to continue his family's legacy in that mansion. Later on in life he married Alex Russo with whom he had two children: Angela and Phoebe. Liam became the Healer at Hogwarts.
Patrick became the youngest Head of Hufflepuff and Professor Herbology at Hogwarts in 2000. Eventually he was promoted to Headmaster in 2024. He first married Archie Andrews with whom he had one son: Jordan. After he and Archie mutually agreed to part ways and divorce, Patrick soon married his childhood lover and soulmate Theo Raeken with whom he had two children: Alice and Brenton.
Norman Dunbar lived in the twelfth century and excelled in Potions and Herbology. Due to being born as the second son in the Burton family, he didn't become the Head of the family after his father passed away but his older brother did. However, Norman and his older brother couldn't stand each other. Not wanting to answer to his older brother when he became the new Head of the family, Norman decided to found the Dunbar family and became its patriarch.
Norman's brother didn't take kindly to the fact that his brother founded a new family and saw this as treason. For this reason alone, he burned him off the family tree and disowned him.
Patrick used to be the family heir until it became clear that he started a relationship with Theo Raeken and that he would take his surname, so he passed the title and duties of an heir onto his younger brother Liam, since he would be the one continuing the Dunbar family line while Patrick would continue the Raeken family line instead.
The Dunbar family grew when Patrick and Theo welcomed two children: a daughter and a son, all of whom were either sorted into Hufflepuff or Slytherin. Patrick's son from his first marriage with Archie Andrews, Jordan, broke the Dunbar family tradition as he was sorted into Gryffindor, and he also became the first half-blood. Despite not wearing the Dunbar surname, Patrick's children are members of the Dunbar family by blood. Both his marriages made the Dunbar family related to the Andrews and Raeken families.
Liam eventually married the love of his life Alex Russo whom took the Dunbar surname and continued the family line by welcoming two children onto the world: two daughters, one was sorted into Slytherin and the other into Hufflepuff, continuing the Dunbar family tadition as well. Their marriage made the Dunbar and the Russo families related.
|Norman Dunbar †||A twelfth-century Slytherin pure-blood wizard and employee of the Ministry of Magic. He was the founding patriarch of the Dunbar family.|
|Joshua Dunbar||Pure-blood Slytherin wizard and the current Head of the family. Father of Patrick and Liam Dunbar. Works in the Department of Magical Law Enforcement at the Ministry of Magic.|
|Patrick Dunbar||Pure-blood Hufflepuff wizard and eldest son of Joshua and Alice Dunbar. Older brother of Liam and stepbrother of Finn and Brody Hudson. He is the husband of Theo Raeken and the father of Jordan, Alice and Brenton Raeken.|
|Liam Dunbar||Pure-blood Hufflepuff wizard and the youngest son of Joshua and Alice Dunbar. Heir of the Dunbar family. Younger brother of Patrick and stepbrother of Finn and Brody Hudson. He is the husband of Alex Russo and the father of Angela, Phoebe and Wesley Dunbar.|
|Jordan Andrews||Half-blood Gryffindor wizard. Only child of Patrick and Archie.|
|Angela Dunbar||Pure-blood Slytherin witch. First daughter and first child of Liam and Alex.|
|Alice Raeken||Pure-blood Slytherin witch. First daughter and second child of Patrick and Theo.|
|Phoebe Dunbar||Pure-blood Hufflepuff witch. Second daughter and second child of Liam and Alex.|
|Wesley Dunbar||Pure-blood Slytherin wizard. First son and third child of Liam and Alex.|
|Brenton Raeken||Pure-blood Hufflepuff wizard. Second son and third child of Patrick and Theo.|
Relatives by marriage
|Alice Dunbar †
|Pure-blood Hufflepuff witch. First wife of Joshua and mother of Patrick and Liam Dunbar. She lived in the Dunbar Mansion until her death in 1981.|
|Pure-blood Hufflepuff witch and the second wife of Joshua Dunbar. She is the mother of Finn and Brody Hudson. She took the Dunbar name when she married Joshua.|
|Theo Raeken||Pure-blood Slytherin wizard. Husband of Patrick Dunbar and father of Jordan, Alice and Brenton Raeken.|
|Half-blood Slytherin witch. Wife of Liam Dunbar and mother of Angela, Phoebe and Wesley Dunbar.|
|Tristan Milton||Pure-blood Gryffindor wizard, older brother of Alice and the uncle of Patrick and Liam Dunbar. He is the father of Rami and Emilia Milton.|
|Elizabeth Milton †
|Pure-blood Slytherin witch. She is the mother of Rami and Emilia Milton and the aunt of Patrick and Liam Dunbar. Was struck by another Death Eater's Killing Curse by accident.|
|Rami Milton †||Pure-blood Slytherin wizard and the first child of Elizabeth and Tristan Milton. He is the older brother of Emilia Milton and the cousin of Patrick and Liam Dunbar. Killed by Patrick during the First Wizarding War.|
|Emilia Milton||Pure-blood Gryffindor witch and the second child of Elizabeth and Tristan Milton. She is the younger sister of Rami Milton and the cousin of Patrick and Liam Dunbar.|
|Jerry Russo||Pure-blood Gryffindor wizard, husband of Theresa Russo and father of Justin, Alex and Max.|
|Theresa Russo||Muggle wife of Jerry Russo and mother of Justin, Alex and Max|
|Justin Russo||Half-blood Ravenclaw wizard and first child of Jerry and Theresa Russo. Older brother of Alex and Max Russo.|
|Max Russo||Half-blood Hufflepuff wizard and third child of Jerry and Theresa Russo. Youngest brother of Justin and Alex Russo.|
|Dobby||The first house-elf to become an official member of the family instead of just being a servant.|
|Albus Dumbledore||Half-blood Gryffindor wizard and Headmaster of Hogwarts.|
|Minerva McGonagall||Half-blood Gryffindor witch, Head of Gryffindor and Transfiguration Professor at Hogwarts.|
|Pomona Sprout||Pure-blood Hufflepuff witch, Head of Hufflepuff House and Herbology Professor at Hogwarts.|
|Severus Snape||Pure-blood Slytherin wizard, Head of Slytherin House and Potions Professor at Hogwarts.|
|Christopher Hudson †||The late first husband of Carole Dunbar. Was a close friend and ally of the Dunbars.|
|Finn Hudson||Half-blood Hufflepuff wizard and the eldest son of Carole Dunbar and Christopher Hudson.|
|Brody Hudson||Half-blood Hufflepuff wizard and the youngest son of Carole Dunbar and Christopher Hudson.|
|Stiles Stilinski||Muggle-born Hufflepuff wizard and friend and old roommate of Patrick Dunbar.|
|Isaac Lahey||Muggle-born Hufflepuff wizard. Best friend of Patrick.|
|Jackson Whittemore||Pure-blood Slytherin wizard. Husband of Brody, Patrick's stepbrother and best friend.|
|Quinn Fabray||Half-blood Ravenclaw witch. Wife of Finn, Patrick's stepbrother.|
- Dunbar: Dunbar is a Scottish habitational name from Dunbar, located on the North Sea coast near Edinburgh. It is a combination of the Gaelic words dùn, meaning "fort," and barr, meaning "top" or "summit." It can also mean "castle headland" due to the fact that the town of Dunbar is at the mouth of the Frith of Forth in Scotland, so named for the fact that it is situated on a rock that overlooks the sea. It is also the name of a Scottish clan hailing from the Lowlands of Scotland.
- Norman: From an old Germanic byname meaning "northman", referring to a Viking. The Normans were Vikings who settled on the coast of France, in the region that became known as Normandy. In England the name Norman or Normant was used before the Norman conquest, first as a nickname for Scandinavian settlers and later as a given name. After the Conquest it became more common, but died out around the 14th century. It was revived in the 19th century, perhaps in part due to a character by this name in C. M. Yonge's novel 'The Daisy Chain' (1856).
- Joshua: From the Hebrew name יְהוֹשֻׁעַ (Yehoshu'a) meaning "YAHWEH is salvation". As told in the Old Testament, Joshua was a companion of Moses. He went up Mount Sinai with Moses when he received the Ten Commandments from God, and later he was one of the twelve spies sent into Canaan. After Moses died Joshua succeeded him as leader of the Israelites and he led the conquest of Canaan. His original name was Hoshea. The name Jesus comes from a Greek translation of the Aramaic short form יֵשׁוּעַ (Yeshu'a), which was the real name of Jesus. As an English name, Joshua has been in use since the Protestant Reformation.
- Patrick: From the Latin name Patricius, which meant "nobleman". This name was adopted in the 5th-century by Saint Patrick, whose birth name was Sucat. He was a Romanized Briton who was captured and enslaved in his youth by Irish raiders. After six years of servitude he escaped home, but he eventually became a bishop and went back to Ireland as a missionary. He is traditionally credited with Christianizing the island, and is regarded as Ireland's patron saint. In England and elsewhere in Europe during the Middle Ages this name was used in honour of the saint. However, it was not generally given in Ireland before the 17th century because it was considered too sacred for everyday use. It has since become very common there.
- Liam: Liam is a short form of the Irish name William, a derivation of the Frankish name Willahelm. The name breaks down into two Old German elements-- vila ("will," "desire," "resolution") and helma ("helmet of will," "guardian"). In Arabic, the pronunciation equivalent to Liam means "harmonious in opinion or feeling," while in Persian, the name is of a plant in southern Iran whose name means "protector and supporter," a fitting title, considering that as a member of the McCall Pack, Liam Dunbar is both a protector and a supporter. In Hebrew, Liam can be translated into "my nation" or "my people." Because of the Norman conquests, Saxon names were replaced by an influx of French names that were quickly adopted by the English, Welsh, and Irish in the region. Related names are William, Wilhelm, Will, Bill, Gwilym, and Guillermo.
- Jordan: From the name of the river which flows between the countries of Jordan and Israel. The river's name in Hebrew is יַרְדֵן (Yarden), and it is derived from יָרַד (yarad) meaning "descend" or "flow down". In the New Testament John the Baptist baptizes Jesus Christ in its waters, and it was adopted as a personal name in Europe after crusaders brought water back from the river to baptize their children. There may have been some influence from the Germanic name JORDANES, notably borne by a 6th-century Gothic historian.
- Angela: Feminine form of Angelus. As an English name, it came into use in the 18th century.
- Alice: From the Old French name Aalis, a short form of Adelais, itself a short form of the Germanic name Adalheidis. This name became popular in France and England in the 12th century. It was borne by the heroine of Lewis Carroll's 'Alice's Adventures in Wonderland' (1865) and 'Through the Looking Glass' (1871).
- Phoebe: Latinized form of the Greek name Φοιβη (Phoibe), which meant "bright, pure" from Greek φοιβος (phoibos). In Greek mythology Phoibe was a Titan associated with the moon. This was also an epithet of her granddaughter, the moon goddess Artemis. The name appears in Paul's epistle to the Romans in the New Testament, where it belongs to a female minister in the church at Cenchreae. In England, it began to be used as a given name after the Protestant Reformation. A moon of Saturn bears this name (in honour of the Titan).
- Lucas: English form of the Greek name Λουκας (Loukas) which meant "from Lucania", Lucania being a region in southern Italy (of uncertain meaning). Luke was a doctor who travelled in the company of the apostle Paul. According to tradition, he was the author of the third gospel and Acts in the New Testament. He was probably of Greek ethnicity. He is considered a saint by many Christian denominations.
- Edwin: Means "rich friend" from the Old English elements ead "wealth, fortune" and wine "friend". This was the name of a 7th-century Northumbrian king, regarded as a saint. After the Norman conquest the name was not popular, but it was eventually revived in the 19th century. A notable bearer was the astronaut Edwin Aldrin (1930-), also known as Buzz, the second man to walk on the moon.
- Thomas: Greek form of the Aramaic name תָּאוֹמָא (Ta'oma') which meant "twin". In the New Testament this is the name of an apostle. When he heard that Jesus had risen from the dead he initially doubted the story, until Jesus appeared before him and he examined his wounds himself. According to tradition he was martyred in India. Due to his renown, the name came into general use in the Christian world.
- Wesley: From a surname which was derived from a place name meaning "west meadow" in Old English. It has been sometimes given in honour of John Wesley (1703-1791), the founder of Methodism.
- Brenton: From a surname which was derived from an English place name which meant "Bryni's town". Bryni was Old English name meaning "fire".