Dagley History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The story of the Dagley family is rich with Scottish history. It begins in the ancient kingdom of Dalriada where Dagley evolved as a name for some who lived in the ancient lands of Dalgleish on Tinna Water, in the Parish of Ettrick, in the county of Selkirk, Scotland. The place name comes from the Celtic dol, meaning "field," and glas, or "green."

Early Origins of the Dagley family

The surname Dagley was first found in Selkirkshire (Scottish Gaelic: Siorrachd Shalcraig), where the name Dalgleish had its roots in the lands of Dalgleish on Tinna Water, in the Parish of Ettrick, Selkirkshire, in Scotland. The Dalgleish family figured prominently in the Scottish-English border conflicts.

Early History of the Dagley family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Dagley research. Another 139 words (10 lines of text) covering the years 1350, 1452, 1590, 1597, 1560, 1591, 1560, 1582, 1582 and 1586 are included under the topic Early Dagley History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Dagley Spelling Variations

Historical recordings of the name Dagley include many spelling variations. They include They are the result of repeated translations of the name from Gaelic to English and inconsistencies in spelling rules. Dalgleish, Dalgliesh, Dalglish, Dalglese, Dagleish, Dagleishe, Dalgleise, Dalgleiss, Dalgiss, Dalgis, Dalglis and many more.

Early Notables of the Dagley family (pre 1700)

Notable amongst the Clan from early times was Sir William Dalgles; and Nicol Dalgleish (c.,1560 - ?), Moderator of the General Assembly of the Church of Scotland in 1591. Nicol was born about 1560. His brother was a merchant in Inverness so he may have originated in, or had connections with that city. He is mentioned as having been a Regent (or teacher) in St Leonard's College in the University of St Andrews, so...
Another 74 words (5 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Dagley Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.


United States Dagley migration to the United States +

Scottish settlers arrived in many of the communities that became the backbones of the United States and Canada. Many stayed, but some headed west for the endless open country of the prairies. In the American War of Independence, many Scots who remained loyal to England re-settled in Canada as United Empire Loyalists. Scots across North America were able to recover much of their lost heritage in the 20th century as Clan societies and highland games sprang up across North America. Early immigration and passenger lists have documented some of the first Dagleys to arrive on North American shores:

Dagley Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Geo Dagley, who landed in Virginia in 1705 [1]
Dagley Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
  • Adelaide Dagley, aged 36, who settled in America from Walsall, Staffordshire, in 1906
  • Farrell H. Dagley, aged 41, who immigrated to New Orleans, in 1906
  • Thomas Dagley, aged 15, who settled in America from Walsall, Staffordshire, in 1906
  • Addie Dagley, aged 46, who immigrated to Birmingham, Alabama, in 1916
  • Ruby Dagley, aged 30, who settled in Lexington, Kentucky in 1921
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Australia Dagley migration to Australia +

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

Dagley Settlers in Australia in the 18th Century
  • Mr. Robert Dagley, English convict who was convicted in Middlesex, England for life, transported aboard the "Barwell" in September 1797, arriving in New South Wales, Australia [2]

Contemporary Notables of the name Dagley (post 1700) +

  • Mrs. Kenneth Dagley, American Democrat politician, Alternate Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Missouri, 1948 [3]
  • Richard Dagley (d. 1841), English subject painter who regularily exhibited at the Royal Academy


The Dagley 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: Deliciae meae
Motto Translation: My delight.


  1. ^ 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)
  2. ^ Convict Records Voyages to Australia (Retrieved 29th September 2020). Retrieved from https://convictrecords.com.au/ships/barwell
  3. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, November 12) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html


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