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The name Dykeman is generally thought to be derived from an old Frisian-Lower Saxon personal name, Deiko. It is also likely that versions of this name evolved from the German word "Dyke," in which case the name was most likely occupational for someone who built or operated Dikes.

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The surname Dykeman was first found in Saxony, where the name came from humble beginnings but gained a significant reputation for its contribution to the emerging mediaeval society. It later became more prominent as many branches of the same house acquired distant estates and branches, some in foreign countries, always elevating their social status by their great contributions to society.

Spelling variations of this family name include: Dickenhausen, Dickenhaussen, Dikenhausen, Dicenhausen, Dickenhhausen, Dickenhausenn and many more.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Dykeman research. Another 160 words (11 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Dykeman History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Dykeman Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century


  • Ms. Jane Dykeman U.E., "Dikeman" who settled in Belle Vue, Beaver Harboutr, Charlotte County, New Brunswick c. 1783
  • Mr. Josiah Dykeman U.E., "Dikeman" who settled in Belle Vue, Beaver Harboutr, Charlotte County, New Brunswick c. 1783
  • Ms. Nancy Dykeman U.E., "Dikeman" who settled in Belle Vue, Beaver Harboutr, Charlotte County, New Brunswick c. 1784
  • Mr. Joseph Dykeman U.E. born in Connecticut, USA who settled in Saint John, New Brunswick c. 1784

Dykeman Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century


  • Mr. Josiah Dykeman U.E., "Dikeman" who settled in Belle Vue, Beaver Harboutr, Charlotte County, New Brunswick c. 1783
  • Ms. Nancy Dykeman U.E., "Dikeman" who settled in Belle Vue, Beaver Harboutr, Charlotte County, New Brunswick c. 1784

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  • James B. Dykeman, American politician, Member of New York State Assembly from Putnam County, 1872
  • Howard Dykeman, American Republican politician, Alternate Delegate to Republican National Convention from Minnesota, 1900
  • Wilma Dykeman (1920-2006), American writer of fiction and nonfiction


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  2. Karlsruhe. Badisches Generallandesarchiv Baden Emigration lists 1866-1911. Salt Lake City: Microfilm of Card Index by the Genealogical Society of Utah. Print.
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  7. Bahlow, Hans. Deutschlands geographische Namenwelt Etymologisches Lexikon der Fluss- und Ortsnamen alteuropaischer Herkunft. Frankfurt: Suhrkamp, 1985. Print.
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  9. Fogleman, Aaron Spencer. Journeys German Immigration, Settlement and Political Culture in Colonial America 1717-1775. Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press, 1986. Print. (ISBN 978-0812215489).
  10. Gritzner, M. Handbuch der heraldischen Terminologie in zwölf Zungen. Nürnberg: 1890. Print.
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The Dykeman Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Dykeman 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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