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The Anglo-Saxon name Dial comes from when the family resided in the area referred to as the daleor a valley.

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The surname Dial was first found in Yorkshire where they held a family seat from very ancient times, some say well before the Norman Conquest and the arrival of Duke William at Hastings in 1066 A.D.

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. Dial has been recorded under many different variations, including Dale, Daile, Dales, Dayle, Daele and others.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Dial research. Another 314 words (22 lines of text) covering the years 1275, 1379, and 1634 are included under the topic Early Dial History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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More information is included under the topic Early Dial Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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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 Dial or a variant listed above:

Dial Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Margaret Dial, who landed in South Carolina in 1772
  • William Dial, who arrived in South Carolina in 1772

Dial Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Edward Dial, who arrived in New York, NY in 1811
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  • Patterson Dial (1902-1945), American writer and silent film actress of the 1920s, born in Madison, Florida
  • Nathaniel Barksdale Dial (1862-1940), American politician, United States Senator from South Carolina from 1919 to 1925
  • Joe Dial (b. 1962), American bronze medalist pole vaulter at the 1989 World Indoor Championships
  • Thornton Dial (b. 1928), American self-taught artist from Emelle, Alabama
  • Stephen D. Dial, American Democrat politician, Postmaster at Boonville, Indiana, 1857-61
  • Rufus Lee Dial (1887-1966), American Republican politician, Candidate for West Virginia State House of Delegates from Wayne County, 1950, 1952, 1954
  • Nathaniel Barksdale Dial (1862-1940), American Democrat politician, Mayor of Laurens, South Carolina, 1887-91, 1895; Delegate to Democratic National Convention from South Carolina, 1888
  • Miller D. Dial, American Republican politician, Delegate to Republican National Convention from Louisiana, 1988
  • Johnnie Dial, American politician, Workers League Candidate for Presidential Elector for Michigan, 1984
  • Joe Dial, American Republican politician, Candidate for U.S. Representative from Texas 14th District, 1990
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    Other References

    1. Browning, Charles H. Americans of Royal Descent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
    2. Robb H. Amanda and Andrew Chesler. Encyclopedia of American Family Names. New York: Haper Collins, 1995. Print. (ISBN 0-06-270075-8).
    3. The Norman People and Their Existing Descendants in the British Dominions and the United States Of America. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1975. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0636-X).
    4. Elster, Robert J. International Who's Who. London: Europa/Routledge. Print.
    5. Zieber, Eugene. Heraldry in America. Philadelphia: Genealogical Publishing Co. Print.
    6. Bowman, George Ernest. The Mayflower Reader A Selection of Articales from The Mayflower Descendent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
    7. Chadwick, Nora Kershaw and J.X.W.P Corcoran. The Celts. London: Penguin, 1790. Print. (ISBN 0140212116).
    8. Skordas, Guest. Ed. The Early Settlers of Maryland an Index to Names or Immigrants Complied from Records of Land Patents 1633-1680 in the Hall of Records Annapolis, Maryland. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1968. Print.
    9. Bardsley, C.W. A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6).
    10. Innes, Thomas and Learney. The Tartans of the Clans and Families of Scotland 1st Edition. Edinburgh: W & A. K. Johnston Limited, 1938. Print.
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    The Dial Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Dial Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

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