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Where did the Scottish Dall family come from? What is the Scottish Dall family crest and coat of arms? When did the Dall family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Dall family history?

The surname is descended from a Norman noble who entered England in 1066 and was granted lands in England but was invited north by King David of Scotland about the year 1150, who granted him the lands of Dalyell. In Lanarkshire they were officially seated from the year 1259 on the lands of Dalyell meaning 'the beautiful meadow' on the banks of the River Clyde. A word of explanation on the different spellings and pronunciations of this name is needed as its always been a source of confusion. The following ancient rhyme from Galloway (in South-West Scotland) perhaps indicates some of the early problems with the name: "Deil and Da'yell begins wi' ae letter, Deil's nae gude, and Da'yells nae better."

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Spelling variations of this family name include: Dalyell, Dalyiel, Dalzell, Dalziel, Dallyell, Daleel, Dalliel, Dalzel and many more.

First found in Lanarkshire (Gaelic: Siorrachd Lannraig) a former county in the central Strathclyde region of Scotland, now divided into the Council Areas of North Lanarkshire, South Lanarkshire, and the City of Glasgow, where they were officially seated from the year 1259 on the lands of Dalyell meaning "the beautiful meadow" on the banks of the River Clyde. They are descended from a Norman noble who entered England in 1066 and was granted lands in England but was invited north by King David of Scotland about the year 1150, who granted him the lands of Dalyell. Dalzell House, a historic house in Motherwell, North Lanarkshire was built by the Dalzell family in the 15th or early 16th century on lands they had held since the 13th century. Sir Robert Dalzell forfeited these same lands around 1342, for residing in England without the King's consent, but they were restored through marriage in the 15th century. The House is said to be haunted by three female ghosts all in different colored attire: green; white; and grey. The site was re-developed in the 1980s to be private apartments after falling into disrepair from the 1950s onwards.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Dall research. Another 519 words(37 lines of text) covering the years 1633, 1649, 1835, 1941, 1550, 1636, 1628, 1615, 1685, 1639, 1686, 1689, 1687, 1737, 1689, 1702, 1662, 1715 and are included under the topic Early Dall History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Another 195 words(14 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Dall Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Some of the Dall family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 103 words(7 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Dall Settlers in United States in the 18th Century


  • Conrad Dall, who arrived in America in 1753
  • William Dall, who landed in America in 1753
  • John Peter Dall, who landed in Frederick County, Maryland in 1796

Dall Settlers in United States in the 19th Century


  • Edward Dall, aged 22, landed in Missouri in 1848
  • J H Dall, who arrived in San Francisco, California in 1850
  • Andreas Peter Dall, who landed in New York, NY in 1850
  • W Dall, who arrived in San Francisco, California in 1851

Dall Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century


  • Agnes Dall, aged 23, a servant, arrived in Otago aboard the ship "Rimutaka" in 1885

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