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

The Dill name is an important part of the history of the ancient Anglo-Saxon tribes of Britain. Dill is derived from the baptismal name meaning the son of Dilk. The surname was originally of Dutch origin and was brought into England during the Norman Conquest of 1066. Baptismal names began to appear as surnames relatively late in the growth of the naming tradition. This is a little surprising, given the popularity of biblical figures in the Christian countries of Europe. Nevertheless, surnames derived from baptismal names grew in popularity during the Middle Ages, and have become one of the foremost sources for surnames.


Before the last few hundred years, the English language had no fast system of spelling rules. For that reason, spelling variations are commonly found in early Anglo-Saxon surnames. Over the years, many variations of the name Dill were recorded, including Dilke, Dilkes, Dilks, Dilley, Dill, Dillow and others.

First found in Warwickshire 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 Dill research. Another 233 words(17 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Dill History in all our PDF Extended History products.


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


To escape oppression and starvation at that time, many English families left for the "open frontiers" of the New World with all its perceived opportunities. In droves people migrated to the many British colonies, those in North America in particular, paying high rates for passages in cramped, unsafe ships. Although many of the settlers did not make the long passage alive, those who did see the shores of North America perceived great opportunities before them. Many of the families that came from England went on to make essential contributions to the emerging nations of Canada and the United States. Research into various historical records revealed some of first members of the Dill family emigrate to North America:

Dill Settlers in the United States in the 17th Century

  • Rachell Dill, who landed in Virginia in 1637
  • Lawrence Dill settled in Summers Island in 1673

Dill Settlers in the United States in the 18th Century

  • Annanias Dill, who landed in New York, NY in 1710
  • Wilhelm Dill, who landed in New York, NY in 1710
  • Johan Michael Dill, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1733
  • Adam Dill, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1737
  • John Michael Dill, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1740

Dill Settlers in the United States in the 19th Century

  • George Dill, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1802
  • Henry Dill, who landed in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1840
  • Baltzer Dill, who landed in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1840
  • John Dill, who landed in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1840
  • John, Dill Jr., who arrived in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1840


  • Horace Eldred Dill (1924-2008), American country music singer
  • Clarence Cleveland Dill (1884-1978), American politician from the state of Washington
  • Robert Edward Dill (1920-1991), American professional ice hockey player
  • David K. Dill (b. 1955), Minnesota politician
  • Craig Dill, American basketball player
  • Lesley Dill (b. 1950), American contemporary artist
  • Terrance Darby Dill (b. 1939), American professional golfer
  • Scott Dill (b. 1966), former American NFL offensive tackle
  • Max M. Dill (1876-1949), American silent film actor
  • Cynthia Dill (b. 1965), American lawyer and Maine politician



  • Some Descendants and Kinsmen of William Dill, Sr., a Delaware Colonist by Harry F. Dill.


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