Dysert History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms 

Though shrouded by the mists of time, the chronicles of Scotland reveal the early records of the Norman surname Dysert which ranks as one of the oldest. The history of the name is interwoven within the colorful plaid of Scottish history and is an intrinsic part of the heritage of Scotland.

Early Origins of the Dysert family

The surname Dysert was first found in Fifeshire at Dysart, a former town and royal burgh located on the south-east coast between Kirkcaldy and West Wemyss. It was once part of a lands owned by the Sinclair Clan. A local saying “as old as the three trees of Dysart” eludes to the town's ancient origins. Derived from the Gaelic "dìseart," meaning "height of God." However, some believe that the name was derived from the Latin word “deserta” meaning “the fasting place of a holy man” in reference to the legend of St. Serf who came to Dysart around 500 AD.

Important Dates for the Dysert family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Dysert research. Another 107 words (8 lines of text) covering the years 1150, 1427, 1542, and 1569 are included under the topic Early Dysert History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Dysert Spelling Variations

Spelling variations of this family name include: Dysart, Dishart, Dyshart, Dysert, Disert and others.

Early Notables of the Dysert family (pre 1700)

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Dysert 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:

Dysert Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • Miss Elizabeth Glasgow Dysert, (b. 1838), aged 24, British dairywoman travelling from London aboard the ship 'Mermaid' arriving in Lyttelton, Christchurch, South Island, New Zealand on 26th December 1862 [1]
  • Miss Mary Dysert, (b. 1839), aged 23, British dairywoman travelling from London aboard the ship 'Mermaid' arriving in Lyttelton, Christchurch, South Island, New Zealand on 26th December 1862 [1]
  • Miss Rosanna Glasgow Dysert, (b. 1841), aged 21, British dairywoman travelling from London aboard the ship 'Mermaid' arriving in Lyttelton, Christchurch, South Island, New Zealand on 26th December 1862 [1]
  • Miss Martha Dysert, (b. 1842), aged 20, British dairywoman travelling from London aboard the ship 'Mermaid' arriving in Lyttelton, Christchurch, South Island, New Zealand on 26th December 1862 [1]

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Citations

  1. ^ New Zealand Yesteryears Passenger Lists 1800 to 1900 (Retrieved 17th October 2018). Retrieved from http://www.yesteryears.co.nz/shipping/passlist.html
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