Show ContentsDalling History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The ancient history of the Dalling name begins with the ancient Anglo-Saxon tribes of Britain. The name is derived from when the family resided in or beside a meadow. The surname Dalling originally derived from the Old English word Dael. [1]

Early Origins of the Dalling family

The surname Dalling was first found in Norfolk at either Field Dalling or Wood Dalling. Collectively they date back to the Domesday Book when they were listed as Dallinga. [2] Later there was a split in the villages as Wode Dallinges was listed in 1198 and Fildedalling was listed in 1272. [3]

The parish of Wood-Dalling (anciently spelt Wode Dallinges) in Norfolk was a family seat since early times. "The Hall, now a respectable farmhouse, was built in 1582 by a member of the Dalling family, which during a long period held the estate." [4]

The source History of Norfolk has the following entries for the family: Phillip de Dalling, Norfolk, 10 John; Eustace de Dalling, Norfolk, 6 Edward II; Peter de Dallyng, Norfolk, 1291; and Roger Dallyng, vicar of Brooke, Norfolk, 1409. [5]

Further to the north in Scotland, the Dawling variant was most popular: "Robert Dawling in Leith accepts the king's coronation, 1567, and Jonet Dauling was heir of Violet Dauling, lawfully born daughter of Robert Dawling, 1637. James Dawling was member of Scots parliament for South Queensferry, 1639. Jeanna Dawling and Helena Dawling were heirs portioners of James Dawling, burgess of Sowth Queensferrie, their father, 1668. Probably of English origin from Dalling in Norfolk." [6]

Early History of the Dalling family

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Dalling Spelling Variations

Until quite recently, the English language has lacked a definite system of spelling rules. Consequently, Anglo-Saxon surnames are characterized by a multitude of spelling variations. Changes in Anglo-Saxon names were influenced by the evolution of the English language, as it incorporated elements of French, Latin, and other languages. Although Medieval scribes and church officials recorded names as they sounded, so it is common to find one person referred to by several different spellings of his surname, even the most literate people varied the spelling of their own names. Variations of the name Dalling include Dalling, Dawling, Douling, Dauling, Dallinger and others.

Early Notables of the Dalling family (pre 1700)

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Ireland Migration of the Dalling family to Ireland

Some of the Dalling family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
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United States Dalling migration to the United States +

Searching for a better life, many English families migrated to British colonies. Unfortunately, the majority of them traveled under extremely harsh conditions: overcrowding on the ships caused the majority of the immigrants to arrive diseased, famished, and destitute from the long journey across the ocean. For those families that arrived safely, modest prosperity was attainable, and many went on to make invaluable contributions to the development of the cultures of the new colonies. Research into the origins of individual families in North America revealed records of the immigration of a number of people bearing the name Dalling or a variant listed above:

Dalling Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Rosalia Dalling, aged 29, who arrived in New York in 1897 aboard the ship "Trave" from Bremen, Germany [7]
Dalling Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
  • James R. Dalling, aged 47, who arrived in New York in 1919 aboard the ship "Leviathan" from Brest, France [7]
  • Jane K. Dalling, aged 55, originally from Castle Douglas, Scotland, who arrived in New York in 1920 aboard the ship "Aquitania" from Southampton, England [7]
  • John Dalling, aged 39, who arrived in City Island, NY in 1921 from Cienfuegos, Cuba [7]

Australia Dalling migration to Australia +

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

Dalling Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • Samuel Dalling, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Duke of Bedford" in 1848 [8]

Contemporary Notables of the name Dalling (post 1700) +

  • Sir William Windham Dalling (1774-1864), 2nd Baronet of Burwood in the County of Surrey, English peer
  • Sir Thomas Dalling (1892-1982), English veterinarian and bacteriologist, Chief Veterinary Officer to the United Kingdom (1948-1952)
  • Horace Victor Dalling (1854-1931), Canadian watchmaker, jeweler, optician and inventor; he manufactured the first two telephones in Woodstock, New Brunswick
  • General Sir John Dalling (1731-1798), 1st Baronet of Burwood in the County of Surrey, a British soldier and colonial administrator, Governor of Jamaica from 1777 to 1782
  • Bruce Dalling (1938-2008), Springbok South African yachtsman who took second place in the 1968 Observer Single-Handed Trans-Atlantic Race

  1. Harrison, Henry, Surnames of the United Kingdom: A Concise Etymological Dictionary Baltimore: Geneological Publishing Company, 2013. Print
  2. Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds., Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8)
  3. Mills, A.D., Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4)
  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. 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)
  7. Ellis Island Search retrieved 15th November 2022. Retrieved from
  8. State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) DUKE OF BEDFORD 1848. Retrieved from on Facebook