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Where did the Scottish Dingwell family come from? What is the Scottish Dingwell family crest and coat of arms? When did the Dingwell family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Dingwell family history?The story of the Dingwell family stretches back through time to the Viking settlers who populated the rugged shores of Scotland in the Medieval era. The Dingwell name comes from a place named by these Vikings and was used by a family who lived at Royal Burgh of Dingwall, in Ross-shire, Scotland. The place-name is derived from the Old English word dingle, which meant valley or hollow. This is a habitation surname, derived from an already existing place-name.
In the Middle Ages, no real standards were established to judge the accuracy of spelling and translation. They were done mostly by ear and intuition, and enormous numbers of spelling variations were the unsurprising result. Dingwell has appeared as Dingwall, Dingwalls, Dingall, Dingell, Dingle, Dingill, Dingal, Dingel and many more.
First found in Ross-shire, where John Yonger of Dyngvale witnessed a charter by William, Earl of Ross in 1342. Another charter by the same earl was witnessed by John called Yong and Thomas, his brother (c. 1350-72.) A few years later, William of Dyngwale was listed as dean of Aberdeen and Ross in 1389. Thomas of Dyngvale was listed as a canon in 1451. 
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Dingwell research. Another 267 words(19 lines of text) covering the years 1350, 1452, 140 and 1538 are included under the topic Early Dingwell History in all our PDF Extended History products.
Another 21 words(2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Dingwell Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.
North America was far from Britain's oppressive monarchy. There, the Scottish found land and freedom, and many even the opportunity to pay back England in the American War of Independence. This brave heritage survives today largely in Clan societies and other patriotic Scottish organizations. Research into passenger and immigration lists has brought forth evidence of the early members of the Dingwell family in North America:
Dingwell Settlers in the United States in the 18th Century
The motto was originally a war cry or slogan. Mottoes first began to be shown with arms in the 14th and 15th centuries, but were not in general use until the 17th century. Thus the oldest coats of arms generally do not include a motto. Mottoes seldom form part of the grant of arms: Under most heraldic authorities, a motto is an optional component of the coat of arms, and can be added to or changed at will; many families have chosen not to display a motto.
Motto: Deo favente
Motto Translation: By the favour of God.
The Dingwell Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Dingwell 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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