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

The chronicles of the Dingwall family suggest that their ancestors may have been Viking settlers. Their surname comes from a place name of Norse origins, from when they 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.


The spellings of Scottish names dating from the medieval era often bear little resemblance to those seen today. They vary enormously because scribes in that time spelled according to their ears. Some spelling variations of the name Dingwall include Dingwall, Dingwalls, Dingall, Dingell, Dingle, Dingill, Dingal, Dingel and many more.

First found in Ross-shire (Gaelic: Siorrachd Rois) a former county, now part of the Council Areas of Highland and Western Isles in Northern Scotland, which emerged from the Gaelic lordship of the Earl of Ross, 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. [1]


This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Dingwall research. Another 267 words(19 lines of text) covering the years 1350, 1452, 140 and 1538 are included under the topic Early Dingwall History in all our PDF Extended History products.


Another 21 words(2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Dingwall Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.


The farms of Scottish settlers soon dotted the east coast of the colonies that would become the nations of the United States and Canada. Many of those migrants and their children went on to play important roles in the founding the great nations of North America. Early North American immigration records have revealed a number of people bearing the Scottish name Dingwall or a variant listed above, including:

Dingwall Settlers in the United States in the 18th Century

  • Donald Dingwall who was banished to Barbados in the year 1745

Dingwall Settlers in the United States in the 19th Century

  • James Dingwall, who landed in Colorado in 1886
  • John G Dingwall, who landed in Colorado in 1891
  • J. A. Dingwall, aged 30, who arrived in America, in 1892
  • J. A. Dingwall, aged 58, who arrived in America from London, England, in 1896

Dingwall Settlers in the United States in the 20th Century

  • Alex. Dingwall, aged 24, who arrived in America from Edinburgh, Scotland, in 1905
  • Alex. W. Dingwall, aged 23, who arrived in America from Glasgow, Scotland, in 1906
  • Dollie Dingwall, aged 26, who arrived in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada, in 1907
  • Helen Dingwall, aged 2, who arrived in America, in 1908
  • Charles Dingwall, aged 56, who arrived in America from London, England, in 1909


  • Thuliso Dingwall (b. 1995), American actor, best known for portraying Kenard on the television series The Wire
  • Joe Dingwall (b. 1988), Scottish professional footballer
  • David Charles Dingwall PC (b. 1952), Canadian lawyer and former politician for Cape Breton-East Richmond in Nova Scotia, Opposition House Leader (1991-1993)
  • Shaun Dingwall (b. 1972), British actor, known for his roles in The Young Victoria (2009), Villa des roses (2002) and Assassin's Creed IV: Black Flag (2013)
  • William Munro Dingwall (1851-1889), Scottish-born, Canadian general merchant and politician in British Columbia who represented Comox in the Legislative Assembly of British Columbia from 1882 to 1886
  • Eric John Dingwall (1890-1986), British anthropologist and psychical researcher
  • John Dingwall (1940-2004), Australian journalist, writer and director, best known for his screenplay Sunday Too Far Away (1975)
  • Ernie Dingwall (b. 1898), former Australian rules footballer


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.


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  1. ^ Black, George F., The Surnames of Scotland Their Origin, Meaning and History. New York: New York Public Library, 1946. Print. (ISBN 0-87104-172-3)

Other References

  1. Bradford, William. History of Plymouth Plantation 1620-1647 Edited by Samuel Eliot Morrison 2 Volumes. New York: Russell and Russell, 1968. Print.
  2. Filby, P. William and Mary K Meyer. Passenger and Immigration Lists Index in Four Volumes. Detroit: Gale Research, 1985. Print. (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8).
  3. Paul, Sir James Balfour. An Ordinary of Arms Contained in the Public Register of All Arms and Bearings in Scotland Second Edition. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1903. Print.
  4. Barrow, G.W.S Ed. The Charters of David I The Written Acts of David I King of Scots, 1124-53 and of His Son Henry, Earl of Northumerland, 1139-52. Woodbridge: The Boydell Press, 1999. Print.
  5. Best, Hugh. Debrett's Texas Peerage. New York: Coward-McCann, 1983. Print. (ISBN 069811244X).
  6. Colletta, John P. They Came In Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
  7. Warner, Philip Warner. Famous Scottish Battles. New York: Barnes and Noble, 1996. Print. (ISBN 0-76070-004-4).
  8. Le Patourel, John. The Norman Empire. New York: Oxford University Press, 1976. Print. (ISBN 0-19-822525-3).
  9. Fulton, Alexander. Scotland and Her Tartans: The Romantic Heritage of the Scottish Clans and Families. Godalming: Bramley, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-86283-880-0).
  10. Fairbairn,. Fairbain's book of Crests of the Families of Great Britain and Ireland, 4th Edition 2 volumes in one. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1968. Print.
  11. ...

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