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Origins Available: German, Irish
The surname is one of the Anglo-Norman names that arrived in Ireland in the wake of the 12th century invasion by Richard "Strongbow" de Clare, 2nd Earl of Pembroke. The surname Dillon belongs to the large category of Anglo-Norman habitation names, which are derived from pre-existing names for towns, villages, parishes, or farmsteads. Originally, these place names were prefixed by de, which means from in French. The name of the Dillon family comes from the name of the town of Lyon in central France. In France, the name may also have been a nickname for a fierce or brave warrior, as derived from the Old French word "lion," which meant "lion." The Irish Gaelic form of the surname Dillon is Diolún.
The surname Dillon was first found in at Drumrany in County Westmeath (Irish: An Iarmhí) in the Irish Midlands, province of Leinster, where they were the Barons of Drumrany. The Dillon family is descended from Sir Henry de Leon, a member of a noble Breton family who came to Ireland in 1185, in the service of the Earl of Morton, who later became King John. For de Leon's service, King John granted him MacCarrons territory, part of Annaly, and other vast possessions, including a castle at Dunimon.
Medieval scribes and church officials spelt names simply the way they sounded, which explains the various name spelling variations of the name Dillon that were encountered when researching that surname. The many spelling variations included: Dillon, Delion, Dilune, Dilon, Dylon, Dillan, Dillen and many more.
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Dillon research. Another 367 words (26 lines of text) covering the years 1572, 1794, 1624, 1610, 1629, 1629, 1630, 1615, 1672, 1674, 1682, 1691, 1642, 1642, 1605, 1649, 1652, 1633, 1685, 1627, 1689, 1715 and 1713 are included under the topic Early Dillon History in all our PDF Extended History products.
Another 319 words (23 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Dillon Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.
During the middle of the 19th century, Irish families often experienced extreme poverty and racial discrimination in their own homeland under English rule. Record numbers died of disease and starvation and many others, deciding against such a fate, boarded ships bound for North America. The largest influx of Irish settlers occurred with Great Potato Famine of the late 1840s. Unfortunately, many of those Irish that arrived in Canada or the United States still experienced economic and racial discrimination. Although often maligned, these Irish people were essential to the rapid development of these countries because they provided the cheap labor required for the many canals, roads, railways, and other projects required for strong national infrastructures. Eventually the Irish went on to make contributions in the less backbreaking and more intellectual arenas of commerce, education, and the arts. Research early immigration and passenger lists revealed many early immigrants bearing the name Dillon:
Dillon Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
- John Dillon, who landed in Boston, Massachusetts in 1763
- Hannah Dillon, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1796
Dillon Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
- Pierce N Dillon, aged 17, arrived in New York in 1811
- Patrick Dillon, who landed in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1815
- Ellen Dillon, who landed in New York, NY in 1816
- Mrs. Dillon, who landed in New York, NY in 1817
- Alice Dillon, who settled in New York in 1820
Dillon Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
- Agnes M. Dillon, who settled in Vermont in 1867-1937
Dillon Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century
- Mr. Amos Dillon U.E. who arrived at Port Roseway [Shelburne], Nova Scotia on December 13, 1783 was passenger number 446 aboard the ship "HMS Clinton", picked up on November 14, 1783 at East River, New York, USA
- Mrs. Jane Dillon U.E. who arrived at Port Roseway [Shelburne], Nova Scotia on December 13, 1783 was passenger number 533 aboard the ship "HMS Clinton", picked up on November 14, 1783 at East River, New York, USA
- Miss. Jane Dillon D. U.E. (b. 1770), aged 13 who arrived at Port Roseway [Shelburne], Nova Scotia on December 13, 1783 was passenger number 578 aboard the ship "HMS Clinton", picked up on November 14, 1783 at East River, New York, USA
- Mr. William Dillon U.E. who settled in Saint John, New Brunswick c. 1784
- William Dillon who settled in St. John's, Newfoundland in 1796
Dillon Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century
- Judith Dillon from Tipperary was married at Catalina, Newfoundland in 1813
- John Dillon settled in St. John's in 1814
- Moses Dillon settled in Harbour Grace in 1814
- Margaret Dillon, who landed in Nova Scotia in 1822
- Morgan Dillon settled in Joe Batts Arm, Newfoundland in 1823
Dillon Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
- John Dillon, a tailor, arrived in Van Diemen’s Land (now Tasmania) sometime between 1825 and 1832
- Jeremiah Dillon, aged 30, arrived in South Australia in 1849 aboard the ship "Calphurnia"
- J. Dillon arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Calphurnia" in 1849
- Johanna Dillon arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Inconstant" in 1849
- Robert Dillon arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Madawaska" in 1849
Dillon Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
- Thomas Dillon, aged 25, a carpenter, arrived in Nelson aboard the ship "Fifeshire" in 1842
- Eleanor Dillon, aged 22, arrived in Nelson aboard the ship "Fifeshire" in 1842
- Ellen Jane Dillon, aged 1, arrived in Nelson aboard the ship "Fifeshire" in 1842
- Thomas Harford Dillon arrived in Nelson aboard the ship "Fifeshire" in 1842
- Fanny Dillon arrived in Nelson aboard the ship "George Fyfe" in 1842
- Brigadier-General Theodore Harwood Dillon (1884-1961), American Deputy Chief of the Transport Corps (1942-1943)
- Major-General Joseph Vincent DePaul Dillon (1899-1971), American Air Provost Marshal, US Army Air Forces (1946-1953)
- George Hill Dillon (1906-1968), American editor and poet awarded the 1932 Pulitzer Prize for Poetry
- Jim Dillon, American Republican politician, Candidate for U.S. Representative from Texas 2nd District, 1978
- Jim Dillon, American Democrat politician, Candidate for Texas State House of Representatives 20th District, 2008
- John Dillon, American Republican politician, Delegate to Republican National Convention from Oklahoma, 1920
- John Dillon, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Indiana, 1996
- John B. Dillon (b. 1883), American Republican politician, Member of Connecticut State House of Representatives from Shelton, 1915-18; Member of Connecticut State Senate 25th District, 1919-20
- John E. Dillon, American Republican politician, Candidate for U.S. Representative from Indiana 3rd District, 1904
- John J. Dillon, American Republican politician, Candidate for U.S. Representative from Illinois 6th District, 1956
- The Chimm (also Dillon) Book by Ruth Wilson Dillon.
- The Dillon Family by Elaine Egenes.
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: Dum spiro spero
Motto Translation: While I have breath I hope.
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The Dillon Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Dillon 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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