Dea History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms
The Dea surname seems to have come from a few sources: it was an occupational name for a dairy maid in some parts of England and Scotland; it was a derivation from David; and in some cases the name came from the word eye (d'eye). The same source claims that name was could have been an occupational name as in 'the deye' or 'day,' a maid, a dairy-maid.  Over in Normandy pre-Conquest times, we found "St. John de Day, near St. Lo, in the Cotentin [Peninsula.] "  This peninsula is now known as Cherbourg Peninsula.
Early Origins of the Dea family
The surname Dea was first found in Somerset where one of the first records of the name was Leofgife oa Dagean c. 1055. Godiua Daia was listed c. 1095 in Suffolk and Aluric Dai was listed in the Pipe Rolls for Buckinghamshire in 1196. A few years later, Ralph Deie was among those listed in the Register of the Freemen of Leicester in 1211.  The Yorkshire Poll Tax Rolls of 1379 list the following: Willelmus Dey; Ricardus Dey; and Thomas le Dey. 
Important Dates for the Dea family
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Dea Spelling Variations
Spelling variations of this family name include: Day, Dea, Dey, Daye, Deie and others.
Early Notables of the Dea family (pre 1700)
Notables of this surname at this time include: John Day (Daye) (c. 1522-1584), an English Protestant printer; William Day (1529-1596), an English clergyman, Provost of Eton College, Bishop of Winchester; George Day (ca.1501-1556), Bishop of Chichester, Vice-Chancellor of Cambridge University (1537-1538); John Day (1574-1638?), an English dramatist from Norfolk...
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Migration of the Dea family to Ireland
Some of the Dea family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
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Dea migration to the United States
Some of the first settlers of this family name were:
Typical Dea Emigration from the United Kingdom to North America
Dea Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
- Margaret Dea, who arrived in Virginia in 1701 
- Samuel Dea, who arrived in New York in 1784 
Dea Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
- A Dea, aged 30, who landed in New Orleans, La in 1836 
- Michael Dea, who landed in Tippecanoe County, Ind in 1848 
- Ellen Dea, aged 35, who landed in New York in 1864 
Dea migration to Canada
Some of the first settlers of this family name were:
Dea Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century
- Mr. John Dea, aged 40 who immigrated to Canada, arriving at the Grosse Isle Quarantine Station in Quebec aboard the ship "Bee" departing from the port of Cork, Ireland but died on Grosse Isle in June 1847 
- Mrs. Mary Dea, aged 62 who immigrated to Canada, arriving at the Grosse Isle Quarantine Station in Quebec aboard the ship "Elizabeth" departing from the port of Liverpool, England but died on Grosse Isle in July 1847 
Dea migration to Australia
Emigration to Australia
followed the First Fleets
of convicts, tradespeople and early settlers. Early immigrants include:
Dea Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
- Bridget Dea, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Duke of Roxburghe" in 1838 
Dea migration to New Zealand
Emigration to New Zealand followed in the footsteps of the European explorers, such as Captain Cook (1769-70): first came sealers, whalers, missionaries, and traders. By 1838, the British New Zealand Company had begun buying land from the Maori tribes, and selling it to settlers, and, after the Treaty of Waitangi in 1840, many British families set out on the arduous six month journey from Britain to Aotearoa to start a new life. Early immigrants include:
Dea Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
- Mr. William Dea, (b. 1847), aged 27, British settler travelling from London aboard the ship "Dorette" arriving in Auckland, New Zealand on 14th April 1874 
- Mrs. Jemima Dea, (b. 1845), aged 29, British settler travelling from London aboard the ship "Dorette" arriving in Auckland, New Zealand on 14th April 1874 
- Miss Amy Dea, (b. 1867), aged 7, British settler travelling from London aboard the ship "Dorette" arriving in Auckland, New Zealand on 14th April 1874 
- Mr. Frederick Dea, (b. 1869), aged 5, British settler travelling from London aboard the ship "Dorette" arriving in Auckland, New Zealand on 14th April 1874 
- Mr. Frank Dea, (b. 1871), aged 3, British settler travelling from London aboard the ship "Dorette" arriving in Auckland, New Zealand on 14th April 1874 
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Contemporary Notables of the name Dea (post 1700)
- William Fraser "Billy" Dea (b. 1933), Canadian former professional ice hockey centre and head coach in the National Hockey League, nicknamed "Hard Rock"
- Matt Dea, Australian rules footballer
- Dea Birkett (b. 1958), British writer
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