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

The name Dixon originated among the descendants of the ancient Pictish clans. It is derived from son of Dick which is a derivative of the personal name Richard.


During the Middle Ages, there was no basic set of rules and scribes wrote according to sound. The correct spelling of Scottish names were further compromised after many haphazard translations from Gaelic to English and back. Spelling variations of the name Dixon include Dixon, Dickson, Dixoun, Dikson, Dyxson, Dyckson, Dicksoun, Dicson and many more.

First found in Kirkcudbrightshire (Gaelic: Siorrachd Chille Chuithbheirt), part of the present day Council Area of Dumfries and Galloway, former county in Southwestern Scotland, where they held a family seat from early times. They were descended from the ancient Pictish Clan Keith, and the first Dickson was son of Richard Keith, son of the great Marischal of Scotland, who died in 1249, and Margaret daughter of the third Lord Douglas. Hence the Clan has always claimed to be followers of the Douglas Clan.


This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Dixon research. Another 441 words(32 lines of text) covering the years 1307, 1471, 1479, 1702, 1695, 1583, 1663, 1630, 1666, 1797 and are included under the topic Early Dixon History in all our PDF Extended History products.


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


Some of the Dixon family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 189 words(14 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products.


Scots left their country by the thousands to travel to Australia and North America. Desperate for freedom and an opportunity to fend for themselves, many paid huge fees and suffered under terrible conditions on long voyages. Still, for those who made the trip, freedom and opportunity awaited. In North America, many fought their old English oppressors in the American War of Independence. In recent years, Scottish heritage has been an increasingly important topic, as clan societies and other organizations have renewed people's interest in their history. An examination of passenger and immigration lists shows many early settlers bearing the name of Dixon:

Dixon Settlers in the United States in the 17th Century

  • Henry Dixon settled in Virginia in 1606
  • Adam Dixon, who landed in Virginia in 1612
  • Ann Dixon, who landed in Virginia in 1622
  • Steven Dixon, who arrived in Virginia in 1623
  • Adam Dixon settled in Virginia in 1624

Dixon Settlers in the United States in the 18th Century

  • Hugh Dixon, who landed in Virginia in 1701
  • Anne Dixon, who landed in Virginia in 1701
  • Margt Dixon, who arrived in Virginia in 1703
  • Robt Dixon, who landed in Virginia in 1704
  • Thos Dixon, who landed in Virginia in 1714

Dixon Settlers in the United States in the 19th Century

  • James Johnston Dixon, who landed in New York in 1803
  • Joanna Dixon, who landed in New York, NY in 1811
  • Mary Ann Dixon, who landed in New York, NY in 1811
  • Henry Dixon, aged 37, landed in New York in 1812
  • Catherine Dixon, who arrived in New York, NY in 1816


  • Bill Dixon (b. 1925), American trumpet, flugelhorn, and piano player
  • Dean Dixon (1915-1976), American conductor
  • Donna Dixon (b. 1957), American actress
  • Floyd Dixon (1929-2006), American rhythm and blues pianist and singer
  • Abram Dixon (1787-1875), American lawyer and politician, New York State Senator (1840-1843)
  • Antonio Dixon (b. 1985), American NFL football nose tackle
  • Alan John Dixon (1927-2014), American Democratic politician, United States Senator from Illinois (1981-1993), 34th Illinois Secretary of State (1977-1981), Illinois State Treasurer (1971-1977)
  • Dougal Dixon (b. 1947), Scottish geologist and author
  • Captain George Dixon (1748-1795), English sea captain, explorer, and maritime fur trader
  • Charles Dixon (1858-1926), English ornithologist



  • Downeast Dicksons: 42 Lines of Early New England Settlers and All the Descendants, as of 1987, of Captain Talbot Dickson and Susan Hayland of Harrington, Maine by Katharine Dickson.
  • The Descendants of James A. Dickson (Also Dixon), ca.1820-1864, Tennessee and Texas: Allied Families, Coleman, Fulbright, Harkey, Nall, Tippen by Roy Shelton Dickson.
  • The Descendants of Nicholas Dixon: As They Are Discovered, Updated Periodically by Joel Dixon Wells.

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: Fortes Fortuna Juvat
Motto Translation: Fortune favours the Bold.


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