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

The Anglo-Saxon name Dial comes from when the family resided in the area referred to as the daleor a valley.

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The English language only became standardized in the last few centuries; therefore, spelling variations are common among early Anglo-Saxon names. As the form of the English language changed, even the spelling of literate people's names evolved. Dial has been recorded under many different variations, including Dale, Daile, Dales, Dayle, Daele and others.

First found in Yorkshire where they held a family seat from very ancient times, some say well before the Norman Conquest and the arrival of Duke William at Hastings in 1066 A.D.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Dial research. Another 314 words(22 lines of text) covering the years 1275, 1379, and 1634 are included under the topic Early Dial History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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

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For many English families, the political and religious disarray that shrouded England made the far away New World an attractive prospect. On cramped disease-ridden ships, thousands migrated to those British colonies that would eventually become Canada and the United States. Those hardy settlers that survived the journey often went on to make important contributions to the emerging nations in which they landed. Analysis of immigration records indicates that some of the first North American immigrants bore the name Dial or a variant listed above:

Dial Settlers in the United States in the 18th Century


  • Margaret Dial, who landed in South Carolina in 1772
  • William Dial, who arrived in South Carolina in 1772

Dial Settlers in the United States in the 19th Century


  • Edward Dial, who arrived in New York, NY in 1811

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  • Thornton Dial (b. 1928), American self-taught artist from Emelle, Alabama
  • Joe Dial (b. 1962), American bronze medalist pole vaulter at the 1989 World Indoor Championships
  • Nathaniel Barksdale Dial (1862-1940), American politician, United States Senator from South Carolina from 1919 to 1925
  • Patterson Dial (1902-1945), American writer and silent film actress of the 1920s, born in Madison, Florida


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