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

The name Dillow has a rich and ancient history. It is an Anglo-Saxon name that was originally 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.

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Before English spelling was standardized a few hundred years ago, spelling variations of names were a common occurrence. Elements of Latin, French and other languages became incorporated into English through the Middle Ages, and name spellings changed even among the literate. The variations of the surname Dillow include 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.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Dillow research. Another 233 words(17 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Dillow History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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

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A great wave of immigration to the New World was the result of the enormous political and religious disarray that struck England at that time. Families left for the New World in extremely large numbers. The long journey was the end of many immigrants and many more arrived sick and starving. Still, those who made it were rewarded with an opportunity far greater than they had known at home in England. These emigrant families went on to make significant contributions to these emerging colonies in which they settled. Some of the first North American settlers carried this name or one of its variants:

Dillow Settlers in the United States in the 20th Century


  • Fanny E. Dillow, aged 34, who landed in America from Kettering, England, in 1905
  • George E. Dillow, aged 7, who emigrated to the United States from Kettering, England, in 1905
  • Joseph E. Dillow, aged 33, who settled in America from Kettering, England, in 1905
  • Mildred Dillow, aged 1, who landed in America from Kettering, England, in 1905
  • Wm. Roy Dillow, aged 28, who emigrated to the United States, in 1918


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  • Linda Dillow, American author of A Mother's Journey, Calm My Anxious Heart and the best-selling Creative Counterpart
  • Jonathan J.A. Dillow, American Supervisory Hydrologist for the U.S. Geological Survey


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