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The Dallas family saga is rooted in the people of the Pictish Clan of ancient Scotland. The Dallas family lived in a place named Dallas in Moray, near the royal burgh of Forres. The place name Dallas comes from the Gaelic dail or "meadow," and fas or "dwelling." Another source claims "this place takes its name from the two Gaelic words dale, a vale or plain, and uis, contracted from uisge, water." [1]


The surname Dallas was first found in Moray, where they held a family seat from very ancient times, some say well before the Norman Conquest and the arrival of Duke William at Hastings in 1066 A.D.

Prior to the invention of the printing press in the last hundred years, documents were basically unique. Names were written according to sound, and often appeared differently each time they were recorded. Spelling variations of the name Dallas include Dallas, Doleys, Dolas, Dolles, Dulles, Dallass, Dolays, Dalhouse and many more.


This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Dallas research. Another 203 words (14 lines of text) covering the years 1292, 1600, 1756, 1824 and are included under the topic Early Dallas History in all our PDF Extended History products.


Another 29 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Dallas Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.


Some of the Dallas family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 133 words (10 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products.


The freedom of the North American colonies was enticing, and many Scots left to make the great crossing. It was a long and hard journey, but its reward was a place where there was more land than people and tolerance was far easier to come by. Many of these people came together to fight for a new nation in the American War of Independence, while others remained loyal to the old order as United Empire Loyalists. The ancestors of Scots in North America have recovered much of this heritage in the 20th century through Clan societies and other such organizations. A search of immigration and passenger lists revealed many important and early immigrants to North America bearing the name of Dallas:

Dallas Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Alexander Dallas who settled in Jamaica in 1775

Dallas Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Peter Dallas, aged 60, arrived in North Carolina in 1812
  • Alexander Dallas, who arrived in New York, NY in 1815
  • John Dallas, who arrived in New York, NY in 1817
  • Margt Dallas, aged 17, landed in Mobile, Ala in 1820-1873
  • Duncan Dallas, who landed in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1842

Dallas Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

Dallas Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • A. S. Dallas arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Ulcoats" in 1864


  • George Mifflin Dallas (1792-1864), U.S. Senator from Pennsylvania
  • Matthew Joseph Dallas (b. 1982), American film and television actor
  • John Dewar Dallas (1878-1942), Scottish international rugby union forward
  • Hugh Dallas (b. 1957), Scottish former football referee
  • Barry Mitchell Dallas OBE, JP (d. 1992), former Mayor of Greymouth on the West Coast of New Zealand


  • Families of Dallas, Lourens, Rogers, and Some of Their Relatives by Zella Rogers Dallas.
  • The Family Directory: With Listings on Barefield/Barfield, Dallas, Davis, Gilley, Holley, Newsom, Spinks, and Stark by Doris Barfield Sanders.

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: Semper paratus
Motto Translation: Always prepared.


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  1. ^ Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of Scotland. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.

Other References

  1. Le Patourel, John. The Norman Empire. New York: Oxford University Press, 1976. Print. (ISBN 0-19-822525-3).
  2. Hinde, Thomas Ed. The Domesday Book England's Heritage Then and Now. Surrey: Colour Library Books, 1995. Print. (ISBN 1-85833-440-3).
  3. Leeson, Francis L. Dictionary of British Peerages. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1986. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-1121-5).
  4. Moncrieffe, Sir Ian of That Ilk and David Hicks. The Highland Clans The Dynastic Origins, Cheifs and Background of the Clans. New York: C.N. Potter, 1968. Print.
  5. Paul, Sir James Balfour. An Ordinary of Arms Contained in the Public Register of All Arms and Bearings in Scotland Second Edition. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1903. Print.
  6. Warner, Philip Warner. Famous Scottish Battles. New York: Barnes and Noble, 1996. Print. (ISBN 0-76070-004-4).
  7. Black, George F. The Surnames of Scotland Their Origin, Meaning and History. New York: New York Public Library, 1946. Print. (ISBN 0-87104-172-3).
  8. Robb H. Amanda and Andrew Chesler. Encyclopedia of American Family Names. New York: Haper Collins, 1995. Print. (ISBN 0-06-270075-8).
  9. Papworth, J.W and A.W Morant. Ordinary of British Armorials. London: T.Richards, 1874. Print.
  10. Dorward, David. Scottish Surnames. Glasgow: Harper Collins, 1995. Print.
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The Dallas Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Dallas 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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