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The roots of the Anglo-Saxon name Dellinger come from when the family resided in or beside a meadow. The surname Dellinger originally derived from the Old English word Dael.

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The surname Dellinger was first found in Norfolk at either Field Dalling or Wood Dalling. Collectively they date back to the Domesday Book when they were listed as Dallinga. [1] Later there was a split in the villages as Wode Dallinges was listed in 1198 and Fildedalling was listed in 1272. [2] The parish of Wood-Dalling (anciently spelt Wode Dallinges) in Norfolk was a family seat since early times. "The Hall, now a respectable farmhouse, was built in 1582 by a member of the Dalling family, which during a long period held the estate." [3]

The English language only became standardized in the last few centuries; therefore, spelling variations are common among early Anglo-Saxon names. As the form of the English language changed, even the spelling of literate people's names evolved. Dellinger has been recorded under many different variations, including Dalling, Dawling, Douling, Dauling, Dallinger and others.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Dellinger research. Another 167 words (12 lines of text) covering the years 1400 and 1567 are included under the topic Early Dellinger History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Another 21 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Dellinger Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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For many English families, the political and religious disarray that shrouded England made the far away New World an attractive prospect. On cramped disease-ridden ships, thousands migrated to those British colonies that would eventually become Canada and the United States. Those hardy settlers that survived the journey often went on to make important contributions to the emerging nations in which they landed. Analysis of immigration records indicates that some of the first North American immigrants bore the name Dellinger or a variant listed above:

Dellinger Settlers in United States in the 18th Century


  • Jacob Dellinger, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1733
  • Valentin Dellinger, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1749
  • Philipp Dellinger, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1750

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  • Walter E. Dellinger III (b. 1941), US jurist, United States Solicitor General (1996 to 1997)
  • John Howard Dellinger (1886-1962), American telecommunication engineer who discovered the Dellinger effect
  • David T. Dellinger (1915-2004), American pacifist and activist for nonviolent social change
  • Bill Dellinger (b. 1934), American Olympic gold and bronze medalist
  • Walter Estes III Dellinger (b. 1941), American politician, U.S. Solicitor General, 1996-97
  • J. M. Dellinger, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Texas, 1964
  • Harry A. Dellinger, American politician, Mayor of Fairborn, Ohio, 1952-55
  • Hampton Dellinger (b. 1967), American Democrat politician, Lawyer ; Candidate in primary for Lieutenant Governor of North Carolina, 2008
  • David P. Dellinger, American Democrat politician, Member of North Carolina State House of Representatives from Gaston County, 1913-14
  • Clark Dellinger, American Republican politician, Delegate to Republican National Convention from Indiana, 1952

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  1. ^ Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds., Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8)
  2. ^ Mills, A.D., Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4)
  3. ^ Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.

Other References

  1. Matthews, John. Matthews' American Armoury and Blue Book. London: John Matthews, 1911. Print.
  2. Magnusson, Magnus. Chambers Biographical Dictionary 5th edition. Edinburgh: W & R Chambers, 1990. Print.
  3. Egle, William Henry. Pennsylvania Genealogies Scotch-Irish and German. Harrisburg: L.S. Hart, 1886. Print.
  4. Best, Hugh. Debrett's Texas Peerage. New York: Coward-McCann, 1983. Print. (ISBN 069811244X).
  5. Burke, Sir Bernard. Burke's Genealogical and Heraldic History of the Landed Gentry: Including American Families with British Ancestry. (2 Volumes). London: Burke Publishing, 1939. Print.
  6. Sanders, Joanne McRee Edition. English Settlers in Barbados 1637-1800. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  7. Papworth, J.W and A.W Morant. Ordinary of British Armorials. London: T.Richards, 1874. Print.
  8. Virkus, Frederick A. Ed. Immigrant Ancestors A List of 2,500 Immigrants to America Before 1750. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1964. Print.
  9. Burke, Sir Bernard. Genealogical and Heraldic History of the Peerage and Baronetage, The Privy Council, Knightage and Compainonage. London: Burke Publishing, 1921. Print.
  10. Mills, A.D. Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4).
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