Dellinger History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

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. [1]

Early Origins of the Dellinger family

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. [2] Later there was a split in the villages as Wode Dallinges was listed in 1198 and Fildedalling was listed in 1272. [3]

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." [4]

The source History of Norfolk has the following entries for the family: Phillip de Dalling, Norfolk, 10 John; Eustace de Dalling, Norfolk, 6 Edward II; Peter de Dallyng, Norfolk, 1291; and Roger Dallyng, vicar of Brooke, Norfolk, 1409. [5]

Further to the north in Scotland, the Dawling variant was most popular: "Robert Dawling in Leith accepts the king's coronation, 1567, and Jonet Dauling was heir of Violet Dauling, lawfully born daughter of Robert Dawling, 1637. James Dawling was member of Scots parliament for South Queensferry, 1639. Jeanna Dawling and Helena Dawling were heirs portioners of James Dawling, burgess of Sowth Queensferrie, their father, 1668. Probably of English origin from Dalling in Norfolk." [6]

Early History of the Dellinger family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Dellinger research. Another 130 words (9 lines of text) covering the years 1400, 1567, 1684, 1691, 1695, 1561, 1637 and 1561 are included under the topic Early Dellinger History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Dellinger Spelling Variations

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.

Early Notables of the Dellinger family (pre 1700)

Another 31 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Dellinger Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Dellinger Ranking

In the United States, the name Dellinger is the 3,393rd most popular surname with an estimated 9,948 people with that name. [7]

Ireland Migration of the Dellinger family to Ireland

Some of the Dellinger family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
Another 30 words (2 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.


United States Dellinger migration to the United States +

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 [8]
  • Valentin Dellinger, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1749 [8]
  • Philipp Dellinger, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1750 [8]

Contemporary Notables of the name Dellinger (post 1700) +

  • Walter Estes Dellinger III (1941-2022), American attorney and legal scholar who served as the Douglas B. Maggs Professor of Law at Duke University School of Law
  • 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
  • J. M. Dellinger, American Democratic Party politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Texas, 1964 [9]
  • Harry A. Dellinger, American politician, Mayor of Fairborn, Ohio, 1952-55 [9]
  • Hampton Dellinger (b. 1967), American Democratic Party politician, Lawyer ; Candidate in primary for Lieutenant Governor of North Carolina, 2008 [9]
  • David P. Dellinger, American Democratic Party politician, Member of North Carolina State House of Representatives from Gaston County, 1913-14 [9]
  • Clark Dellinger, American Republican politician, Delegate to Republican National Convention from Indiana, 1952 [9]
  • Rudolf Dellinger (1857-1910), German composer and Kapellmeister


  1. ^ Harrison, Henry, Surnames of the United Kingdom: A Concise Etymological Dictionary Baltimore: Geneological Publishing Company, 2013. Print
  2. ^ Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds., Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8)
  3. ^ Mills, A.D., Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4)
  4. ^ Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.
  5. ^ Bardsley, C.W, A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6)
  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)
  7. ^ https://namecensus.com/most_common_surnames.htm
  8. ^ Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
  9. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, October 22) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html


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