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

The origins of the name Dickinson are with the Anglo-Saxon tribes of Britain. The name is derived from the personal name Richard. Dicca (in the modern form, Dick) is a diminutive of the name Richard. When the son suffix is added to the root, the name literally means son of Richard.

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The first dictionaries that appeared in the last few hundred years did much to standardize the English language. Before that time, spelling variations in names were a common occurrence. The language was changing, incorporating pieces of other languages, and the spelling of names changed with it. Dickinson has been spelled many different ways, including Dickieson, Dickinson, Dickeson, Dickenson and others.

First found in Lancashire 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 Dickinson research. Another 355 words(25 lines of text) covering the years 1300, 1366, and 1388 are included under the topic Early Dickinson History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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

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Some of the Dickinson family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 107 words(8 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Thousands of English families in this era began to emigrate the New World in search of land and freedom from religious and political persecution. Although the passage was expensive and the ships were dark, crowded, and unsafe, those who made the voyage safely were rewarded with opportunities unavailable to them in their homeland. Research into passenger and immigration lists has revealed some of the very first Dickinsons to arrive in North America:

  • Philemon Dickinson who was a tanner of Salem

Dickinson Settlers in the United States in the 17th Century


  • Jerimiah Dickinson, who landed in Virginia in 1620
  • Elzabeth Dickinson, who arrived in Virginia in 1623
  • Nathaniel Dickinson, who landed in Watertown, Massachusetts in 1634
  • Elizabeth Dickinson, who landed in New England in 1637
  • Anthony Dickinson, who arrived in Virginia in 1640


Dickinson Settlers in the United States in the 18th Century


  • Alice Dickinson, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1702
  • George Dickinson, who landed in Virginia in 1716
  • Benjamin Dickinson, who arrived in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1717-1718
  • Gilchrist Dickinson, who landed in New York in 1789
  • James Dickinson, who arrived in New York in 1799

Dickinson Settlers in the United States in the 19th Century


  • Gordon Dickinson, who arrived in America in 1804
  • Thomas Dickinson, who landed in New York, NY in 1832
  • William Dickinson, who landed in New York in 1833
  • T H Dickinson, who arrived in San Francisco, California in 1850
  • H Dickinson, who landed in San Francisco, California in 1850


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  • Angie Dickinson (b. 1931), American television and film actress
  • Charles Dickinson (1780-1806), American duelist who despite having 26 kills, lost a duel to the hands of the future President Andrew Jackson
  • William R. Dickinson (b. 1930), American professor emeritus of geoscience at the University of Arizona and a member of the U.S. National Academy of Sciences
  • Nathaniel Rogers "Nate" Dickinson (b. 1932), American wildlife biologist and author
  • Emily Dickinson (1830-1886), American major poet, but fewer than a dozen of her nearly eighteen hundred poems were published during her lifetime
  • John Dickinson (1732-1808), American lawyer and politician, one of the Founding Fathers of the United States
  • James William "Jimmy" Dickinson (1925-1982), English footballer
  • Carl Matthew Dickinson (b. 1987), English footballer
  • Peter Allgood Rastall Dickinson (1925-1961), British-born architect responsible for many modernist buildings in Toronto
  • Goldsworthy Lowes Dickinson (1862-1932), British historian and political activist

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  • The Dickenson Families of England and America (Dickinson, Dickerson, Dickson, Dixon, etc.) Bonnie Sage Ball, Dickerson and Dickinson Descendants of Philemon Dickerson of Southold, Long Island, N.Y. Also Long Island Descendants of Captain John Dickinson of Oyster B.
  • by Wesley Logan Baker, Descendants of Nathaniel Dickins.
  • by Elinor V. Smith.
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The Dickinson Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Dickinson 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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