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

The rich and ancient history of the Dixie family name dates back to the time of the Anglo-Saxon tribes of Britain. It comes from the German derivative of Dix where it was the short form for Benedikt.

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Spelling variations in names were a common occurrence before English spelling was standardized a few hundred years ago. In the Middle Ages, even the literate spelled their names differently as the English language incorporated elements of French, Latin, and other European languages. Many variations of the name Dixie have been found, including Dixie, Dicksey, Dicksy, Dixy and others.

First found in Leicestershire 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 Dixie research. Another 209 words(15 lines of text) covering the years 1200, 1798, 1524, 1594 and 1585 are included under the topic Early Dixie History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Another 25 words(2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Dixie Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Families began migrating abroad in enormous numbers because of the political and religious discontent in England. Often faced with persecution and starvation in England, the possibilities of the New World attracted many English people. Although the ocean trips took many lives, those who did get to North America were instrumental in building the necessary groundwork for what would become for new powerful nations. Among the first immigrants of the name Dixie, or a variant listed above to cross the Atlantic and come to North America were : William Dixey who settled in Barbados in 1693; Joseph Dixey settled in Boston in 1820; Richard Dixey settled in Maryland in 1725.

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  • Paul Dixie, Chairman of Lloyds of London
  • Sir Frank Dixie, Geologist
  • John Dixie, Director
  • Sir Wolstan Dixie, who wrote "Is it true what they say about Dixie"


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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: Quod Dixi Dixi
Motto Translation: What I have said, I have said.

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