The ancestors of the first family to use the name Dig lived among the Pictish people of ancient Scotland
. The name Dig comes from the given name Richard. Dick is a diminutive of this personal name
. Thus, Dig is a patronymic
surname, which belongs to the category of hereditary surnames
. Many patronyms come from the given name of the father of the bearer, while others come from important religious and secular figures. Early members of the Dig family settled in Edinburghshire
, as early as 1200.
Early Origins of the Dig family
The surname Dig was first found in Edinburghshire
, a former county, now part of the Midlothian
council area where one of the first records of the name appeared in the late 1200s.
Early History of the Dig family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Dig research.Another 257 words (18 lines of text) covering the years 1296, 1526, 1658, 1678, 1681 and are included under the topic Early Dig History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Dig Spelling Variations
In medieval Scotland
, names were more often spelled according to sound than any regular set of rules. An enormous number of spelling variations
were the result. Over the years, the name Dig has been spelled Dick, Dyck, Dic and others.
Early Notables of the Dig family (pre 1700)
Migration of the Dig family to Ireland
Some of the Dig family moved to Ireland
, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.Another 105 words (8 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Dig family to the New World and Oceana
In such difficult times, Ireland
, and North America looked like better homes for many Scots. The trips were expensive and grueling, but also rewarding, as the colonies were havens for those unwelcome in the old country. That legacy did not die easily, though, and many were forced to fight for their freedom in the American War of Independence
. The Scottish legacy has resurface in more recent times, though, through Clan
societies, highland games, and other organizations. Immigration and passenger lists have shown many early immigrants bearing the old Scottish name of Dig: John Dick and his wife Mary and two children settled in Georgia in 1775; John and Elizabeth Dick settled in Barbados in 1679; John Dick settled in Quebec in 1775.
The Dig Motto
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: At spes infracta
Motto Translation: Yet my hope is unbroken.