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Where did the Scottish Dickson family come from? What is the Scottish Dickson family crest and coat of arms? When did the Dickson family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Dickson family history?

The Picts were the ancient Scottish tribe where the ancestors of the Dickson family lived. The name Dickson comes from son of Dick which is a derivative of the personal name Richard.


Before the first dictionaries appeared in the last few hundred years, scribes spelled according to sound. spelling variations are common among Scottish names. Dickson has been spelled Dixon, Dickson, Dixoun, Dikson, Dyxson, Dyckson, Dicksoun, Dicson and many more.

First found in Kirkcudbrightshire (Gaelic: Siorrachd Chille Chuithbheirt), part of the present day Council Area of Dumfries and Galloway, former county in Southwestern Scotland, where they held a family seat from early times. They were descended from the ancient Pictish Clan Keith, and the first Dickson was son of Richard Keith, son of the great Marischal of Scotland, who died in 1249, and Margaret daughter of the third Lord Douglas. Hence the Clan has always claimed to be followers of the Douglas Clan.


This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Dickson research. Another 441 words(32 lines of text) covering the years 1307, 1471, 1479, 1702, 1695, 1583, 1663, 1630, 1666, 1797 and are included under the topic Early Dickson History in all our PDF Extended History products.


More information is included under the topic Early Dickson Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.


Some of the Dickson family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 189 words(14 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products.


In those unstable times, many had no choice but to leave their beloved homelands. Sickness and poverty hounded travelers to North America, but those who made it were welcomed with land and opportunity. These settlers gave the young nations of Canada and the United States a strong backbone as they stood up for their beliefs as United Empire Loyalists and in the American War of Independence. In this century, the ancestors of these brave Scots have begun to recover their illustrious heritage through clan societies and other heritage organizations. Early passenger and immigration lists reveal many Scottish settlers bearing the name Dickson:

Dickson Settlers in the United States in the 17th Century

  • Stephen Dickson settled in Virginia in 1619
  • Stephen Dickson, who landed in Virginia in 1619
  • Peter Dickson, who landed in Virginia in 1623
  • Tho Dickson, who arrived in Virginia in 1638
  • Richard Dickson, who landed in Virginia in 1647

Dickson Settlers in the United States in the 18th Century

  • William Dickson settled in Maryland in 1719
  • Edward Dickson settled in Maryland in 1724
  • Samuel Dickson, who arrived in Boston, Massachusetts in 1766
  • Jane Dickson settled in Charles Town [Charleston], South Carolina in 1767
  • Andrew Dickson, aged 29, arrived in New York in 1775

Dickson Settlers in the United States in the 19th Century

  • Patrick Dickson, who arrived in America in 1810
  • J Dickson, who arrived in New York, NY in 1811
  • Mary J Dickson, who arrived in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1812
  • Adam Dickson, aged 60, landed in New York in 1812
  • Benjamin Dickson, who landed in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1812


  • Leonard Eugene Dickson (1874-1954), American mathematician awarded the Cole Prize for Algebra in 1928
  • Brenda Irene Dickson (b. 1949), American actress, best known for her rols on The Young and the Restless
  • Robert B. Dickson (b. 1944), American professional PGA golfer
  • Dorothy Dickson (1893-1995), American-born, British actress and singer, member of the Ziegfeld Follies
  • Earle Dickson (1892-1961), American inventor of the Band-Aid® brand adhesive bandages
  • Samuel Henry Dickson (1798-1872), American poet, physician, writer and educator
  • Alexander Graeme Dickson (b. 1914), Scottish educationist
  • Barbara Ruth Dickson OBE (b. 1947), Scottish singer, two-time Olivier Award-winning actress
  • Charles Scott Dickson FRSE (1850-1922), Scottish Unionist politician and judge, Solicitor General for Scotland (1896 to 1903)
  • Robert Dickson (1765-1823), Scottish-born fur trader in Upper Canada



  • Downeast Dicksons: 42 Lines of Early New England Settlers and All the Descendants, as of 1987, of Captain Talbot Dickson and Susan Hayland of Harrington, Maine by Katharine Dickson.
  • Genealogical Record of the McDonalds, Logans, Dicksons, Brownless By Daniel McDonald.

The motto was originally a war cry or slogan. Mottoes first began to be shown with arms in the 14th and 15th centuries, but were not in general use until the 17th century. Thus the oldest coats of arms generally do not include a motto. Mottoes seldom form part of the grant of arms: Under most heraldic authorities, a motto is an optional component of the coat of arms, and can be added to or changed at will; many families have chosen not to display a motto.

Motto: Fortes Fortuna Juvat
Motto Translation: Fortune favours the Bold.


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The Dickson Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Dickson Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

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