Dedrick History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The German state of Prussia, which reached the zenith of its power in the late 19th century, is the glorious birthplace of the distinguished surname Dedrick. In the medieval era, after the fall of the Roman Empire, the German lands were inhabited by a variety of Barbarian tribes. The borders of the Barbarian kingdoms changed frequently, but the region that became known as Prussia was roughly divided between the areas of Brandenburg-Prussia, West Prussia, and East Prussia. The colorful history of Brandenburg-Prussia, which is essentially the birthplace of modern Germany, provides a glimpse at the oldest origins of the Dedrick family.

Early Origins of the Dedrick family

The surname Dedrick was first found in Prussia, where the family was anciently associated with the political and religious conflicts of the area. They declared allegiances to many nobles and princes of early history, lending their influence in struggles for power and status within the region. The family founded numerous branches, many of which acquired manors and estates in surrounding regions, where they contributed to the prosperity of their society. The name was made famous during the Middle Ages through the folk hero Dietrich von Bern, and the Dietrich-sagas which stem from the life of the Gothic King Theoderich the Great. The prefix "ded," "did," "died," "diet," or "diot" means people, nation, or folk, while the ending "Reich" means realm.

Important Dates for the Dedrick family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Dedrick research. Another 125 words (9 lines of text) covering the years 1816 and 1817 are included under the topic Early Dedrick History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Dedrick Spelling Variations

One can encounter great variation in the spelling of surnames: in early times, spelling in general, and thus the spelling of names was not yet standardized; and later, spellings would change with branching and movement of families. Variations of the name Dedrick include Dederich, Dederick, Dedereich, Dederichs, Dedericks, Dedereichs, Dedrich, Dedrick, Dedreich, Diederich, Diederick, Diedereich, Diederichs, Diedericks, Diedereichs, Didrich, Didrick, Didreich, Dhederich, Dhederick, Dhedereich, Thederich, Thederick and many more.

Early Notables of the Dedrick family (pre 1700)

Prominent bearers of the family name Dedrick during this time period were Christoph Leopold Diederichs, who was the justice advisor and member of the state council of Prussia. Carl Anton Diederichs was the city director to Herford. Bernhard Carl Diederichs was president...
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Dedrick migration to the United States

Much of German history has been shaped by the state of Prussia. It was an enduring military power until after the Second World War. At that time, the state was abolished altogether and its land divided between the Soviet Union, Poland, East Germany and West Germany. While some Prussians were content to remain in those countries, others moved away, many of them migrating to North America. They entered the United States mostly through Philadelphia, moving on to Ohio, Texas, Illinois, California, New York, and Maryland. Others went to Canada, settling on the prairies and in the province of Ontario. Among those of this surname listed in various historical records were:

Dedrick Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • while Adam Dedrick, who settled in Philadelphia in 1847

Dedrick migration to Canada

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Dedrick Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century
  • Mr. John Dedrick U.E. who settled in Canada c. 1784 [1]
  • Mr. Lucas Dedrick U.E. who settled in Canada c. 1784 [1]

Contemporary Notables of the name Dedrick (post 1700)

  • William E. Dedrick, American politician, U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of Mississippi, 1875-76 [2]
  • Seymour Dedrick, American Democrat politician, Candidate for New York State Assembly from Broome County 2nd District, 1921 [2]
  • James R. Dedrick, American politician, U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of North Carolina, 1993 [2]
  • Fred Dedrick, American Democrat politician, Alternate Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Utah, 1972 [2]
  • Charles L. Dedrick, American politician, Candidate for U.S. Representative from New York 20th District, 1910; Candidate for New York State Senate 25th District, 1912 [2]
  • C. L. Dedrick, American politician, Mayor of Tiffin, Ohio, 1953 [2]
  • Robert Lyle Dedrick (b. 1933), renowned chemical engineer and government official
  • Dedrick D'Mon Rolison (b. 1971), better known by his stage name Mack 10, an American rapper and actor
  • Dedrick D. Gobert (1971-1994), born Dedrick Dwayne Fonteno, an American film actor, best known for his supporting role in the 1991 film Boyz n the Hood

Citations

  1. ^ Rubincam, Milton. The Old United Empire Loyalists List. Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc, 1976. (Originally published as; United Empire Loyalists. The Centennial of the Settlement of Upper Canada. Rose Publishing Company, 1885.) ISBN 0-8063-0331-X
  2. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, November 11) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html
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