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

The Hebrides islands and the west coast of Scotland are the ancestral home of the Dickie family. Their name comes from the name Dick, which is a diminutive of Richard.


Medieval translation of Gaelic names could not be referred to as an accurate process. Spelling was not yet standardized, and names in documents from that era are riddled with spelling variations. Dickie has been written as Dickie, Dickey, Dikkie and others.

First found in Renfrewshire (Gaelic: Siorrachd Rinn Frił), a historic county of Scotland, today encompassing the Council Areas of Renfrew, East Renfrewshire, and Iverclyde, in the Strathclyde region of southwestern Scotland, 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.


This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Dickie research. Another 547 words(39 lines of text) covering the years 162 and 1627 are included under the topic Early Dickie History in all our PDF Extended History products.


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


Some of the Dickie 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.


Ancestors of many of the Dalriadan families who crossed the Atlantic still live along the east coast of the United States and Canada. Some Scottish settlers arrived in Canada during the American War of Independence as United Empire Loyalists, while others stayed south to fight for a new nation. The descendants of Scottish settlers in both countries began to rediscover their heritage in the 19th and 20th centuries through Clan societies and highland games. An inquiry into the early roots of North American families has revealed a number of immigrants bearing the name Dickie or a variant listed above:

Dickie Settlers in the United States in the 18th Century

  • Adam Dickie, who arrived in Virginia in 1731
  • James Dickie, who arrived in America in 1766
  • Hector Dickie landed in Charleston, South Carolina in 1767

Dickie Settlers in the United States in the 19th Century

  • John Dickie, who landed in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1840
  • John Dickie went to San Francisco in 1850
  • Samuel Dickie, who arrived in DeWitt County, Illinois in 1858
  • Charles Dickie, who landed in Colorado in 1884


  • Matthew Dickie (1873-1959), Scottish professional football player
  • Murray Dickie (1924-1995), Scottish tenor opera singer and director
  • Kate Dickie (b. 1971), Scottish actress
  • Robert Dickie (1964-2010), Welsh professional boxer
  • Charles Herbert Dickie (1859-1947), Conservative member of the Canadian House of Commons
  • Donald Dickie (b. 1972), former professional Australian rules footballer
  • William James Dickie (1870-1921), Liberal Party Member of Parliament in New Zealand
  • Harold Galt Dickie (1874-1954), New Zealand politician of the Reform Party
  • William Rufus Dickie (1916-1997), Canadian professional ice hockey goaltender
  • Simon Dickie (b. 1951), New Zealand two-time gold and bronze medalist rowing cox



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

This page was last modified on 6 September 2013 at 20:09.

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