Dayell 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 Dayell family
The surname Dayell 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. " 
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.
Hugh the Dull (1294-c. 1346) was Lord of Douglas, a Scottish nobleman and cleric. He was the second son of William the Hardy, Lord of Douglas and while the name Dull is a known variant of this family, he was in fact a Douglas. However, Dull is today is a village in Perth and Kinross, Scotland and in this case, literally means "a plain" from the Gaelic  Another early record for the family shows "Bethan de Doul and Kenachy, and his brother, were jurors on an inquisition held at Perth before Malise, Earl of Stratherne, 1305." 
Early History of the Dayell family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Dayell 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 Dayell History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Dayell Spelling Variations
Spelling variations of this family name include: Dalyell, Dalyiel, Dalzell, Dalziel, Dallyell, Daleel, Dalliel, Dalzel and many more.
Early Notables of the Dayell 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...
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Migration of the Dayell family to Ireland
Some of the Dayell family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
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| Dayell 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:
Dayell Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
- Miss Sarah Dayell, (b. 1842), aged 20, British domestic servant travelling from London aboard the ship 'Mermaid' arriving in Lyttelton, Christchurch, South Island, New Zealand on 26th December 1862 
- Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of Scotland. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.
- Smith, Eldson Coles, New Dictionary of American Family Names New York: Harper & Row, 1956. Print
- 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)
- New Zealand Yesteryears Passenger Lists 1800 to 1900 (Retrieved 17th October 2018). Retrieved from http://www.yesteryears.co.nz/shipping/passlist.html