Dick History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The chronicle of the name Dick begins with a family in the Pictish clans of ancient Scotland. The name is derived from the given name Richard. [1] Dick is a diminutive of this personal name.

One source explains the origin more clearly: "In Scotland it has been variously written at different periods, as Dicson, Dykson, Dikson, Diksoun, Diksoune, Dixson, and Dickson. They are descended from one Richard Keith, said to be a son of the family of Keith, earls-marshal of Scotland, and in proof thereof they carry in their anna the chief of Keith Mareschal. This Richard was commonly called Dick, and his sons, with the carelessess of that age, were styled 'Dickson.' It is probable that he was the son of the great Marshal, Hervey de Keth, (ob. 1249,) by his wife Margaret, daughter of William, third lord Douglas." [2]

Early Origins of the Dick family

The surname Dick was first found in Edinburghshire, a former county, now part of the Midlothian council area where William de Dyck was first magistrate of Edinburgh in 1296. John Dic, was a witness in Ayr, 1490, Wille Dic was 'dekin of the bakstaris' of Stirling in 1526. [3]

Early History of the Dick family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Dick research. Another 129 words (9 lines of text) covering the years 1296, 1526, 1658, 1678, 1681, 1580, 1655 and are included under the topic Early Dick History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Dick Spelling Variations

When the first dictionaries were invented in the last few hundred years, spelling gradually became standardized. Before that time, scribes spelled according to sound. Names were often recorded under different spelling variations every time they were written. Dick has been written Dick, Dyck, Dic and others.

Early Notables of the Dick family (pre 1700)

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Ireland Migration of the Dick family to Ireland

Some of the Dick family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
Another 59 words (4 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.


United States Dick migration to the United States +

The crossing to North America did not seem so great in comparison with the hardships many Scots endured at home. It was long, expensive, and cramped, but also rewarding. North America offered land and the chance for settlers to prove themselves in a new place. And many did prove themselves as they fought to forge a new nation in the American War of Independence. The ancestors of those Scots can now experience much of their once-lost heritage through the Clan societies and highland games that have sprung up across North America in the last century. A search of immigration and passenger lists revealed many important, early immigrants to North America bearing the name of Dick:

Dick Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • Anthony Dick, who arrived in Plymouth, Massachusetts in 1623 [4]
  • Jervis Dick, who arrived in Virginia in 1637 [4]
  • John and Elizabeth Dick, who settled in Barbados in 1679
Dick Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Dieterich Dick, who arrived in New York in 1709-1710 [4]
  • Nicolaus Dick, who landed in New York in 1709-1710 [4]
  • Paul Dick, who arrived in New York in 1709-1710 [4]
  • Mathias Dick, who settled in Pennsylvania in 1736
  • Johan Philip Dick, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1749 [4]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)
Dick Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Alexander Dick, who arrived in America in 1802
  • John Dick, who landed in America in 1803 [4]
  • Isabella Dick, aged 16, who arrived in New York, NY in 1803 [4]
  • Jane Dick, who arrived in America in 1805 [4]
  • James Dick, who landed in America in 1805 [4]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)
Dick Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
  • Alexander Robertson Dick, who settled in Nebraska in 1918

Canada Dick migration to Canada +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Dick Settlers in Canada in the 17th Century
  • Robert Dick, who settled in Heart's Content, Newfoundland in 1682 [5]
Dick Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century
  • John Dick, who settled in Quebec in 1775
  • Mr. James Dick U.E. born in New York, USA who settled in St. George, Charlotte County, New Brunswick c. 1784 he is listed with the Loyalists and Disbanded Soldiers whose names appear as Passamaquoddy New Brunswick Loyalists [6]
  • Mrs. Jannet Dick U.E. born in New York, USA who settled in St. George, Charlotte County, New Brunswick c. 1784 she is listed with the Loyalists and Disbanded Soldiers whose names appear as Passamaquoddy New Brunswick Loyalists [6]
  • Mr. John Dick U.E.(b. 1744) born in New York, USA who settled in St. George, Charlotte County, New Brunswick c. 1786 he served in the 74th Regiment, listed with Loyalists and Disbanded Soldier whose names appear as Passamaquoddy New Brunswick Loyalists, he die din 1839 [6]
  • Mary Dick, who settled in Bonavista in 1797
Dick Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century
  • Elias Dick in Shoe Cove, Newfoundland in 1846 [5]
  • Robert Dick, who landed in Nova Scotia in 1848

Australia Dick migration to Australia +

Emigration to Australia followed the First Fleets of convicts, tradespeople and early settlers. Early immigrants include:

Dick Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • Ephriam Dick, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Bolton" in 1848 [7]
  • John Dick, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Bolton" in 1848 [7]
  • William Dick, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Bolton" in 1848 [7]
  • George Dick, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Competitor" in 1848 [8]
  • James Dick, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Competitor" in 1848 [8]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

New Zealand Dick migration to New Zealand +

Emigration to New Zealand followed in the footsteps of the European explorers, such as Captain Cook (1769-70): first came sealers, whalers, missionaries, and traders. By 1838, the British New Zealand Company had begun buying land from the Maori tribes, and selling it to settlers, and, after the Treaty of Waitangi in 1840, many British families set out on the arduous six month journey from Britain to Aotearoa to start a new life. Early immigrants include:

Dick Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • David Dick, aged 22, a labourer, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Bengal Merchant" in 1840
  • Sarah Dick, aged 24, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Bengal Merchant" in 1840
  • Robert Dick, aged 2, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Bengal Merchant" in 1840
  • John Dick, aged under 1, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Bengal Merchant" in 1840
  • David Dick, who landed in Wellington, New Zealand in 1840 aboard the ship Bengal Merchant
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Contemporary Notables of the name Dick (post 1700) +

  • Nancy E. Dick (b. 1930), American politician, 41st Lieutenant Governor of Colorado, Colorado's first female Lieutenant Governor (1979-1987)
  • Charlie Dick (1934-2015), American record promoter and widower of American country singer Patsy Cline
  • Paul Revere Dick (1938-2014), American musician, lead vocalist of Paul Revere and the Raiders
  • Michael James Dick (1946-1993), birth name of Michael Clarke, an American drummer for the 1960s rock group The Byrds
  • Kirby Bryan Dick (b. 1952), American Academy Award nominated film director, producer, screenwriter, and editor
  • Elisha Cullen Dick M.D. (1762-1825), American politician and physician, Mayor of Alexandria, Virginia (1804-1805)
  • Andrew Roane "Andy" Dick (b. 1965), American comedian, actor, musician and television/film producer
  • Philip Kendred Dick (1928-1982), American science fiction author
  • George Frederick Dick (1881-1967), American physician, who, along with wife Gladys, co-discovered the germ responsible for scarlet fever and co-developed a curing serum for it
  • Albert Blake Dick (1856-1934), American inventor and manufacturer, who invented the mimeograph, founder of the AB Dick Company in 1884
  • ... (Another 44 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Flight 191
  • D Dick, American passenger from Woodland Hills, California, USA, who flew aboard American Airlines Flight 191 and died in the crash [9]
RMS Lusitania
  • Miss Annie Dick, American 3rd Class passenger from New York, New York, USA, who sailed aboard the RMS Lusitania and died in the sinking [10]
RMS Titanic
  • Mrs. Vera Dick, (née Gillespie), aged 17, Canadian First Class passenger from Calgary, Alberta who sailed aboard the RMS Titanic and survived the sinking escaping in life boat 3 [11]
  • Mr. Albert Adrian Dick, aged 31, Canadian First Class passenger from Calgary, Alberta who sailed aboard the RMS Titanic and survived the sinking escaping in life boat 3 [11]
USS Arizona
  • Mr. Ralph R. Dick, American Gunner's Mate First Class from California, USA working aboard the ship "USS Arizona" when she sunk during the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor on 7th December 1941, he died in the sinking [12]


The Dick Motto +

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.


Suggested Readings for the name Dick +

  • 1198 "History of Peter and Christina Shutt Dick Family, Frederick Co." by Muriel Martens Hoffman, "Immigration to St. Joseph County, Indiana: Chronology of Four Germans-Catholic Families- Zaehnle, Dick, Lauber, Schmitt" by Howard John Schmitt.

  1. ^ Harrison, Henry, Surnames of the United Kingdom: A Concise Etymological Dictionary Baltimore: Geneological Publishing Company, 2013. Print
  2. ^ Lowe, Mark Anthony, Patronymica Britannica, A Dictionary of Family Names of the United Kingdom. London: John Russel Smith, 1860. Print.
  3. ^ 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)
  4. ^ 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)
  5. ^ Seary E.R., Family Names of the Island of Newfoundland, Montreal: McGill's-Queen's Universtity Press 1998 ISBN 0-7735-1782-0
  6. ^ 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
  7. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) BOLTON 1848. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1848Bolton.htm
  8. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) COMPETITOR 1848. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1848Competitor.gif
  9. ^ Flight 191's Victims - latimes. (Retrieved 2014, April 16) . Retrieved from http://articles.latimes.com/1985-08-04/news/mn-4349_1_fort-lauderdale-area
  10. ^ Lusitania Passenger List - The Lusitania Resource. (Retrieved 2014, March 7) . Retrieved from http://www.rmslusitania.info/lusitania-passenger-list/
  11. ^ Titanic Passenger List - Titanic Facts. (Retrieved 2016, July 13) . Retrieved from http://www.titanicfacts.net/titanic-passenger-list.html
  12. ^ Pearl Harbour: USS Arizona Casualties List Pearl Harbour December 7, 1941. (Retrieved 2018, July 31st). Retrieved from http://pearl-harbor.com/arizona/casualtylist.html


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