D'alby History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

D'alby is a name that first reached England following the Norman Conquest of 1066. The D'alby family lived in Yortkshire. The name derives, however, from the family's former place of residence, Auby, Normandy, where they would have been referred to as D'Auby, meaning from Auby. [1]

Alternatively the name could have been a local name meaning "farmstead or village in a valley," [2] and this may explain the multiple parishes so called. The Yorkshire and Leicestershire parishes date back to the Domesday Book of 1086 when they were each spelt "Dalbi." [3]

Early Origins of the D'alby family

The surname D'alby was first found in the North Riding of Yorkshire at Dalby, a parish, in the union of Easingwould, wapentake of Bulmer. [4] Dalby is also a parish in Lincolnshire, and Dalby Magna is found in Leicestershire. Dalby on the Woods or Old Dalby is also found in Leicestershire.

The earliest records of the family were found in the Yorkshire Poll Tax Rolls of 1379: Willelmus de Dalby, osteler; and Matilda Dalby. [5]

Early History of the D'alby family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our D'alby research. Another 108 words (8 lines of text) covering the years 1220, 1379, 1455, 1421, 1435, 1589, 1616, 1672, 1588, 1631, 1627, 1694, 1625, 1686, 1662, 1683, 1683, 1627, 1694, 1662, 1710 and 1707 are included under the topic Early D'alby History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

D'alby Spelling Variations

The English language only became standardized in the last few centuries. For that reason, spelling variations are common among many Anglo-Norman names. The shape of the English language was frequently changed with the introduction of elements of Norman French, Latin, and other European languages; even the spelling of literate people's names were subsequently modified. D'alby has been recorded under many different variations, including Dalby, Dalbie, Daylby, Dailby, D'Alby, D'Aubly and many more.

Early Notables of the D'alby family (pre 1700)

Outstanding amongst the family at this time was Richard Dalby (died before 1455), an English politician, Member of the Parliament of England for Gloucester from 1421 to 1435; Robert Dalby (died 1589), an English Catholic priest and martyr; Edward Dalby (ca.1616-1672), a Recorder of Reading, Berkshire; William Dolben (c. 1588-1631), a Welsh clergyman from Pembrokeshire; his son, Sir William Dolben KS KC (c.1627-1694), an English judge who...
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United States D'alby migration to the United States +

To escape the uncertainty of the political and religious uncertainty found in England, many English families boarded ships at great expense to sail for the colonies held by Britain. The passages were expensive, though, and the boats were unsafe, overcrowded, and ridden with disease. Those who were hardy and lucky enough to make the passage intact were rewarded with land, opportunity, and social environment less prone to religious and political persecution. Many of these families went on to be important contributors to the young nations of Canada and the United States where they settled. D'albys were some of the first of the immigrants to arrive in North America:

D'alby Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • William Dalby, who landed in Virginia in 1622 [6]
  • Ann Dalby, who landed in Maryland in 1675 [6]
  • John Dalby, who settled in Virginia in 1679
  • Thomas Dalby, aged 21, who landed in Maryland in 1684 [6]
D'alby Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Susan Dalby, who settled in Maryland in 1736
D'alby Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Joseph Dalby, who arrived in New York in 1837 [6]

Australia D'alby migration to Australia +

Emigration to Australia followed the First Fleets of convicts, tradespeople and early settlers. Early immigrants include:

D'alby Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • Catherine Dalby, aged 23, a domestic servant, who arrived in South Australia in 1853 aboard the ship "William Stuart" [7]

New Zealand D'alby 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:

D'alby Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • H Dalby, who landed in New Plymouth, New Zealand in 1841 aboard the ship Amelia Thompson

Contemporary Notables of the name D'alby (post 1700) +

  • Liza Crihfield Dalby (b. 1950), American anthropologist and novelist specializing in Japanese culture
  • David Merle Dalby (1950-2002), American football center
  • Isaac Dalby (1744-1824), English mathematician, born in Gloucestershire
  • Adrian Dalby (b. 1957), English former cricketer
  • Richard Dalby (1949-2017), British ghost story editor, scholar and bookseller, co-founder of the Ghost Story Press in 1993
  • William Dalby (1839-1916), Canadian merchant, real estate and insurance agent and politician, Mayor of Victoria, British Columbia from 1873 to 1875
  • Irene Karine Dalby (b. 1971), Norwegian two-time gold and four-time bronze medalist swimmer in the 1990s
  • Camilla Dalby (b. 1988), Danish bronze medalist team handball player, member of the Denmark National Team


The D'alby 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: In Deo spero
Motto Translation: I hope in God.


  1. ^ The Norman People and Their Existing Descendants in the British Dominions and the United States Of America. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1975. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0636-X)
  2. ^ Mills, A.D., Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4)
  3. ^ Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds., Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8)
  4. ^ Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.
  5. ^ Bardsley, C.W, A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6)
  6. ^ Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
  7. ^ South Australian Register Friday 15 July 1853. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) William Stuart 1853. Retrieved http://www.theshipslist.com/ships/australia/williamstuart1853.shtml.


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