The name Dik originated among the descendants of the ancient Pictish clans. It is derived from the given name Richard. Dick is a diminutive of this personal name
. Thus, Dik 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 Dik family settled in Edinburghshire
, as early as 1200.
Early Origins of the Dik family
The surname Dik 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 Dik family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Dik research.Another 257 words (18 lines of text) covering the years 1296, 1526, 1658, 1678, 1681 and are included under the topic Early Dik History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Dik Spelling Variations
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 Dik include Dick, Dyck, Dic and others.
Early Notables of the Dik family (pre 1700)
Migration of the Dik family to Ireland
Some of the Dik 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 Dik family to the New World and Oceana
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 Dik:
Dik Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
- N. Dik, aged 32, arrived in New York City, New York in 1919 from Blaye, France CITATION[CLOSE]
"New York Passenger Arrival Lists (Ellis Island), 1892-1924," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:J6Q6-PMN : 6 December 2014), N. Dik, 02 Feb 1919; citing departure port Blaye, France, arrival port New York City, New York, New York, ship name , NARA microfilm publication T715 and M237 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.).
- Margareta Dik, aged 17, originally from Predajna, Cz. Slovak, arrived in New York in 1920 aboard the ship "Kroonland" from Antwerp, Belgium CITATION[CLOSE]
"New York Passenger Arrival Lists (Ellis Island), 1892-1924," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:J6H4-ZY8 : 6 December 2014), Margareta Dik, 11 Sep 1920; citing departure port Antwerp, arrival port New York, ship name Kroonland, NARA microfilm publication T715 and M237 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.).
Contemporary Notables of the name Dik (post 1700)
- Dik Browne (1917-1989), American popular cartoonist, best known for writing and drawing Hägar the Horrible and for drawing Hi and Lois
The Dik 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.