Dallas History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

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]

Early Origins of the Dallas family

The surname Dallas was first found in Moray. "The first of the family was Willelmus de Rypeley, an Englishman, who obtained a grant or confirmation of the lands of Dolays Mykel from William the Lion. Archebaldus de Doleys appears as juror on an inquisition on the lands of Mefth in 1262." [2] Sir William de Doleys, knight, was living in 1286; and in 1367 appears John de Dolais, Thane of Cromdale.

Early History of the Dallas family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Dallas research. Another 102 words (7 lines of text) covering the years 1292, 1600, 1756, 1824, 1791, 1869, 1617, 1630, 1702 and are included under the topic Early Dallas History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Dallas Spelling Variations

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.

Early Notables of the Dallas family (pre 1700)

Notable amongst the Clan at this time was Sir Robert Dallas, SL, KC (1756-1824) an English judge, Chief Justice of the Common Pleas, the eldest son of Robert Dallas of Cooper's Court, St. Michael's, Cornhill. Alexander Robert Charles Dallas (1791-1869)...
Another 39 words (3 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Dallas Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Ireland Migration of the Dallas family to Ireland

Some of the Dallas family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
Another 73 words (5 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.


United States Dallas migration to the United States +

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, who arrived in North Carolina in 1812 [3]
  • Alexander Dallas, who arrived in New York, NY in 1815 [3]
  • John Dallas, who arrived in New York, NY in 1817 [3]
  • Margaret Dallas, aged 17, who landed in Mobile, Ala in 1820-1873 [3]
  • Duncan Dallas, who landed in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1842 [3]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Australia Dallas migration to Australia +

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

Dallas Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

New Zealand Dallas 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:

Dallas Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • Mr. William Dallas, Scottish settler travelling from Glasgow aboard the ship "Jura" arriving in Dunedin, Otago, South Island, New Zealand on 23rd September 1858 [4]
  • Mrs. Mary Dallas, Scottish settler travelling from Glasgow aboard the ship "Jura" arriving in Dunedin, Otago, South Island, New Zealand on 23rd September 1858 [4]
  • Mr. John Dallas, Scottish settler travelling from Glasgow aboard the ship "Storm Cloud" arriving in Otago, South Island, New Zealand on 30th July 1861 [5]
  • Mrs. Dallas, Scottish settler travelling from Glasgow aboard the ship "Storm Cloud" arriving in Otago, South Island, New Zealand on 30th July 1861 [5]
  • Miss Jane Dallas, Scottish settler travelling from Glasgow aboard the ship "Storm Cloud" arriving in Otago, South Island, New Zealand on 30th July 1861 [5]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Contemporary Notables of the name Dallas (post 1700) +

  • George Mifflin Dallas (1792-1864), American politician, U.S. Senator from Pennsylvania (1831-1833), 11th Vice President of the United States (1845-1849)
  • Sandra Dallas, award-winning American author of 13 adult novels, 2 children's novels, and 7 non-fiction books
  • Joshua Paul Dallas (b. 1978), American actor
  • Captain Alexander James Dallas (b. 1791), American officer in the United States Navy
  • Alexander James Dallas (1759-1817), American statesman, 6th United States Secretary of the Treasury (1814-1816), 1st United States Supreme Court Reporter of Decisions (1790-1800)
  • DeVan "Van" Dallas (1926-2016), American politician, Member of the Mississippi House of Representatives (1964-1976)
  • Matthew Joseph "Matt" Dallas (b. 1982), American film and television actor
  • John Dewar Dallas (1878-1942), Scottish international rugby union forward
  • Eneas Sweetland Dallas (1828-1879), Scottish journalist and author
  • Hugh Dallas (b. 1957), Scottish former football referee
  • ... (Another 9 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)


The Dallas 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: Semper paratus
Motto Translation: Always prepared.


Suggested Readings for the name Dallas +

  • 3769 "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.

  1. ^ Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of Scotland. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.
  2. ^ 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)
  3. ^ 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)
  4. ^ New Zealand Yesteryears Passenger Lists 1800 to 1900 (Retrieved 17th October 2018). Retrieved from http://www.yesteryears.co.nz/shipping/passlist.html
  5. ^ New Zealand Yesteryears Passenger Lists 1800 to 1900 (Retrieved 26th March 2019). Retrieved from http://www.yesteryears.co.nz/shipping/passlist.html


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