Dalziel History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

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."

Early Origins of the Dalziel family

The surname Dalziel was 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.

"It is said to have given name to the family upon whom the barony of Dalziel was bestowed by Kenneth II., in recompeuse of some exploit performed by them in the service of that monarch. " [1]

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.

Early History of the Dalziel family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Dalziel research. Another 260 words (19 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 Dalziel History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Dalziel Spelling Variations

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

Early Notables of the Dalziel family (pre 1700)

Notable among the family at this time was Robert Dalzell (1550-1636), English 1st Lord Dalzell, created a Lord in 1628, by King Charles I of England; General Tam (Thomas) Dalyell (1615-1685), a Scottish Royalist General in the Wars of the Three Kingdoms; Sir Robert Dalzell, 1st Baronet (1639-1686), a Scottish politician; Sir John...
Another 53 words (4 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Dalziel Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Ireland Migration of the Dalziel family to Ireland

Some of the Dalziel family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
Another 58 words (4 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.


United States Dalziel migration to the United States +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Dalziel Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • William Dalziel, who settled in South Carolina in 1716

Australia Dalziel migration to Australia +

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

Dalziel Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • Miss Margaret Dalziel, (Barton, Carter, Delzel, Newcombe), (b. 1831), aged 20, Scottish house maid who was convicted in Glasgow, Scotland for 10 years for highway robbery, transported aboard the "Aurora" on 22nd April 1851, arriving in Tasmania ( Van Diemen's Land), she died in 1921 [2]
  • George Dalziel, aged 30, a labourer, who arrived in South Australia in 1852 aboard the ship "Charlotte Jane" [3]
  • John Dalziel, aged 35, who arrived in South Australia in 1852 aboard the ship "Medina" [4]
  • Matthew Dalziel, aged 21, who arrived in South Australia in 1852 aboard the ship "Steadfast" [5]

New Zealand Dalziel 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:

Dalziel Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • A Dalziel, who landed in Auckland, New Zealand in 1839
  • Alex Dalziel, who landed in Auckland, New Zealand in 1843
  • Mr Dalziel, who landed in Wellington, New Zealand in 1843
  • Mr. Andrew Dalziel, Scottish settler travelling from Greenock aboard the ship "Philip Laing" arriving in Otago, South Island, New Zealand on 15th April 1848 [6]
  • Mrs. Dalziel, Scottish settler travelling from Greenock aboard the ship "Philip Laing" arriving in Otago, South Island, New Zealand on 15th April 1848 [6]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Contemporary Notables of the name Dalziel (post 1700) +

  • Charles Dalziel (1904-1986), American professor of electrical engineering and computer sciences
  • Gordon Dalziel (b. 1962), Scottish former footballer
  • Ryan Dalziel. (b. 1982), Scottish race car driver
  • James Henry Dalziel (1868-1935), 1st Baron Dalziel of Kirkcaldy, a British newspaper proprietor, Liberal politician and supporter of David Lloyd George
  • Ian Dalziel (b. 1962), English former footballer
  • Professor Keith Dalziel (1921-1996), British biochemist
  • Thomas Dalziel (1823-1906), English engraver
  • Ian Martin Dalziel (b. 1947), British businessman and politician
  • Henry Dalziel (1893-1965), Australian recipient of the Victoria Cross
  • Davison Alexander Dalziel (1852-1928), 1st Baron Dalziel of Wooler, was a British newspaper owner and Conservative Party politician
  • ... (Another 3 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

HMS Hood
  • Mr. Thomas Dalziel (b. 1922), Scottish Ordinary Signalman serving for the Royal Navy from New Abbey, Kirkcudbright, Scotland, who sailed into battle and died in the sinking [7]


  1. ^ Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of Scotland. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.
  2. ^ Convict Records Voyages to Australia (Retrieved 20th August 2020). Retrieved from https://convictrecords.com.au/ships/aurora
  3. ^ South Australian Register Tuesday 3 February 1852. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) CHARLOTTE JANE 1852. Retrieved http://www.theshipslist.com/ships/australia/charlottejane1852.shtml
  4. ^ South Australian Register Tuesday 3 February 1852. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) MEDINA 1852. Retrieved http://www.theshipslist.com/ships/australia/medina1852.shtml
  5. ^ South Australian Register Tuesday 3 February 1852. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) STEADFAST 1852. Retrieved http://www.theshipslist.com/ships/australia/steadfast1852.shtml
  6. ^ New Zealand Yesteryears Passenger Lists 1800 to 1900 (Retrieved 26th March 2019). Retrieved from http://www.yesteryears.co.nz/shipping/passlist.html
  7. ^ H.M.S. Hood Association-Battle Cruiser Hood: Crew Information - H.M.S. Hood Rolls of Honour, Men Lost in the Sinking of H.M.S. Hood, 24th May 1941. (Retrieved 2016, July 15) . Retrieved from http://www.hmshood.com/crew/memorial/roh_24may41.htm


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