Dandy History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms
The ancient history of the name Dandy dates back to the days of the Anglo-Saxon tribes of Britain. It was a name given to a male, where it was originally used as a pet form of Andrew.  Essentially the surname Dandy originally derived from the Old Scottish name Andrew.
Early Origins of the Dandy family
The surname Dandy was first found in Surrey in the parish of Leigh, where the Dendy family held estates and made sizable donations to the local church.  The first record of the family was Dandi (without surname) who was listed in Lincolnshire in the Hundredorum Rolls of 1271-1273. The same rolls list Richard Dande in Huntingdonshire. Later the Yorkshire Poll Tax Rolls of 1379 listed Willelmus Dandy, et uxor ejus and the Lay Subsidy Rolls of Lancashire listed Thomas Dandisone in 1332.  Adam Dandy was listed in the Register of Freeman of Yorkshire in 1312. 
The name may also be from Dand, Dandy, familiarly used in Scotland for Andrew. Comparing the Scottish records to the English ones, we can see that the Scottish ones were more recent and in many cases the name appears as a forename, not a surname. "Andrew Kerr, son of the eighth lord of Ferniehurst, who died in 1499, was generally known as 'Dand Kerr.' Dand was common as a Christian name in the south of Scotland in the sixteenth century, and in the list of tenants under the Abbey of Kelso in 1567 we find Dand Howy, Dand Glernet, Dand Lermont, Dand Craige, Dand Stobe, etc." 
Early History of the Dandy family
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Dandy 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 Dandy include Dandie, Dandy, Dande, Dando and others.
Early Notables of the Dandy family (pre 1700)
Notables of this surname at this time include: Kerr Dand, son of the eighth Lord of Ferniehurst; and Edward Dendy (bap. 1613-1674), English Serjeant-at-Arms in the Long Parliament and for the Rump during the...
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Migration of the Dandy family
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 Dandy or a variant listed above: Elizabeth Dande who settled in Boston in 1712; William Dando who settled in Barbados in 1654; Joseph Dando arrived in Philadelphia in 1838.
Contemporary Notables of the name Dandy (post 1700) +
- Walter Edward Dandy (1886-1946), American neurosurgeon who co-identified the Dandy-Walker syndrome (DWS)
- Reginald Dandy (1902-1966), birth name of John Garrick, British film actor, known for his roles in Charlie Chan Carries On (1931), Just Imagine (1930) and Vagabond Violinist (1934)
- Raymond Dandy (1887-1953), French actor, known for his roles in Bloomer Smokes Opium (1913), Headless Bloomer (1913) and Bloomer Short-Sighted (1913)
- James Dandy (1903-1976), British botanist, Keeper of Botany at the British Museum (Natural History) between 1956 and 1966
Historic Events for the Dandy family +
- Mr. James Ferguson Dandy (1867-1914), Canadian Second Class Passenger from Pierson, Manitoba, Canada who survived the sinking on the Empress of Ireland 
Related Stories +
- ^ Reaney, P.H and R.M. Wilson, A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X)
- ^ Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.
- ^ Bardsley, C.W, A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6)
- ^ 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)
- ^ Commemoration Empress of Ireland 2014. (Retrieved 2014, June 16) . Retrieved from http://www.empress2014.ca/seclangen/listepsc1.html