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

The surname is descended from a Norman noble who entered England in 1066 and was granted lands in England but was invited north by King David of Scotland about the year 1150, who granted him the lands of Dalyell. In Lanarkshire they were officially seated from the year 1259 on the lands of Dalyell meaning 'the beautiful meadow' on the banks of the River Clyde. A word of explanation on the different spellings and pronunciations of this name is needed as its always been a source of confusion. The following ancient rhyme from Galloway (in South-West Scotland) perhaps indicates some of the early problems with the name: "Deil and Da'yell begins wi' ae letter, Deil's nae gude, and Da'yells nae better."

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Spelling variations of this family name include: Dalyell, Dalyiel, Dalzell, Dalziel, Dallyell, Daleel, Dalliel, Dalzel and many more.

First found in Lanarkshire (Gaelic: Siorrachd Lannraig) a former county in the central Strathclyde region of Scotland, now divided into the Council Areas of North Lanarkshire, South Lanarkshire, and the City of Glasgow, where they were officially seated from the year 1259 on the lands of Dalyell meaning "the beautiful meadow" on the banks of the River Clyde. They are descended from a Norman noble who entered England in 1066 and was granted lands in England but was invited north by King David of Scotland about the year 1150, who granted him the lands of Dalyell. Dalzell House, a historic house in Motherwell, North Lanarkshire was built by the Dalzell family in the 15th or early 16th century on lands they had held since the 13th century. Sir Robert Dalzell forfeited these same lands around 1342, for residing in England without the King's consent, but they were restored through marriage in the 15th century. The House is said to be haunted by three female ghosts all in different colored attire: green; white; and grey. The site was re-developed in the 1980s to be private apartments after falling into disrepair from the 1950s onwards.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Dalzell research. Another 519 words(37 lines of text) covering the years 1633, 1649, 1835, 1941, 1550, 1636, 1628, 1615, 1685, 1639, 1686, 1689, 1687, 1737, 1689, 1702, 1662, 1715 and are included under the topic Early Dalzell History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Another 195 words(14 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Dalzell Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Some of the Dalzell family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 103 words(7 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Dalzell Settlers in the United States in the 19th Century


  • John Dalzell, who arrived in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1819
  • Matthew Dalzell, aged 41, arrived in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1827
  • James Dalzell, who landed in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1829
  • William Dalzell, who landed in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1831
  • Thomas Dalzell, who arrived in Washington County, Pennsylvania in 1835


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  • John Dalzell (1845-1927), American politician, U.S. Representative from the state of Pennsylvania
  • Stewart R. Dalzell (b. 1943), American judge on the United States District Court
  • Rick Dalzell (b. 1957), American Chief Information Officer and Senior Vice President of Amazon.com from 1997 until November 2007
  • Lieutenant-General Robert Alexander Dalzell (1768-1839), 6th Earl of Carnwath, a Scottish nobleman and soldier
  • Trent Dalzell (b. 1988), Australian actor
  • Colonel the Honourable Robert Alexander George Dalzell CB (1816-1878), Knight of the Order of the Medjidie, a British aristocrat and soldier
  • George Nelson Dalzell (1921-1989), New Zealand rugby union player


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A clan is a social group made up of a number of distinct branch-families that actually descended from, or accepted themselves as descendants of, a common ancestor. The word clan means simply children. The idea of the clan as a community is necessarily based around this idea of heredity and is most often ruled according to a patriarchal structure. For instance, the clan chief represented the hereditary "parent" of the entire clan. The most prominent example of this form of society is the Scottish Clan system...

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Septs of the Distinguished Name Dalzell
Ailidiel, Aillidiel, Aillydiel, Ailydiel, Alidiel, Allidiel, Allydiel, Alydiel, Awlidiel, Awlydiel, Daiell, Daleel, Daleyhel, Daleyhell, Daliel, Daliell, D'All, Dalleel, Dalleyhell, Dalliel, Dalliell, Dallyea, Dallyel, Dallyell, Dallyiel, Dalyel, Dalyell, Dalyiel, Dalzeel, Dalzel, Dalzell, Dalziel, Dayel, Dayell, Deaell, Deell, Deiell, Deil, Deile, Deill, Deliel, Delliel, Dellyea, Dellyell, Delyea, Delyel, Delyell, Deul, DeYel, DeYell and more.

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The Dalzell Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Dalzell 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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