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Where did the Scottish Dic family come from? What is the Scottish Dic family crest and coat of arms? When did the Dic family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Dic family history?

The ancestors of the Dic family were part of an ancient Scottish tribe called the Picts. The name Dic is derived from the given name Richard. Dick is a diminutive of this personal name. Thus, Dic is a patronymic surname, which belongs to the category of hereditary surnames. Many patronyms come from the given name of the father of the bearer, while others come from important religious and secular figures. Early members of the Dic family settled in Edinburghshire, as early as 1200.

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The appearance of the printing press and the first dictionaries in the last few hundred years did much to standardize spelling. Prior to that time scribes spelled according to sound, a practice that resulted in many spelling variations. Dic has been spelled Dick, Dyck, Dic and others.

First found in Edinburghshire, a former county, now part of the Midlothian council area where one of the first records of the name appeared in the late 1200s.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Dic research. Another 257 words(18 lines of text) covering the years 1296, 1526, 1658, 1678, 1681 and are included under the topic Early Dic History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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More information is included under the topic Early Dic Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Some of the Dic family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 105 words(8 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products.

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The expense of the crossing to the North American colonies seemed small beside the difficulties of remaining in Scotland. It was a long and hard trip, but at its end lay the reward of freedom. Some Scots remained faithful to England and called themselves United Empire Loyalists, while others fought in the American War of Independence. Much of this lost Scottish heritage has been recovered in the last century through Clan societies and other patriotic Scottish organizations. A search of immigration and passenger lists revealed many important, early immigrants to North America bearing the name of Dic: John Dick and his wife Mary and two children settled in Georgia in 1775; John and Elizabeth Dick settled in Barbados in 1679; John Dick settled in Quebec in 1775.

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The motto was originally a war cry or slogan. Mottoes first began to be shown with arms in the 14th and 15th centuries, but were not in general use until the 17th century. Thus the oldest coats of arms generally do not include a motto. Mottoes seldom form part of the grant of arms: Under most heraldic authorities, a motto is an optional component of the coat of arms, and can be added to or changed at will; many families have chosen not to display a motto.

Motto: At spes infracta
Motto Translation: Yet my hope is unbroken.

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The Dic Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Dic 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.

This page was last modified on 25 March 2014 at 10:02.

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