Early Origins of the Dedham family
The surname Dedham was first found in northeast Essex
at Dedham, a village within the borough of Colchester that dates back to the Domesday Book
of 1086 where it was first listed as Delham. CITATION[CLOSE]
Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds., Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8)
By 1166, the place name had evolved to the current Dedham spelling. The place name literally means "homestead or village of a man called Dydda," from the Old English personal name
+ "ham." CITATION[CLOSE]
Mills, A.D., Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4)
The clothing-trade flourished here as early as the reign of Richard II. Of particular note was the group of early dissenters that left Dedham to found the township of Dedham in the Massachusetts Bay Colony in 1635. They were led by John Rogers, a preacher banned from his work in England
. The settlement flourished and is now a suburb of the city of Boston.
Early History of the Dedham family
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Dedham Spelling Variations
of this family name include: Dedham, Deadham, Dedam, Dedman, Debingham, Dednum, Dednem and many more.
Early Notables of the Dedham family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Dedham family to the New World and Oceana
Some of the first settlers of this family name or some of its variants were: Wm. Debnam, who came to Virginia in 1631; Susa Dedman, who came to Virginia in 1659; Charity Deadman, who arrived in Maryland in 1681; Thomas Debnam, who came to America in 1685.
Contemporary Notables of the name Dedham (post 1700)
- Molly Dedham, host of the Broadminded Radio program on XM Radio