Dickenson History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The earliest origins of the name Dickenson date back to the time of the Anglo-Saxons. The name is derived from the personal name Richard. Dicca (in the modern form, Dick) is a diminutive of the name Richard. When the son suffix is added to the root, the name literally means son of Richard. [1] "Richard was commonly called Dick, and his sons, were styled 'Dickson' and 'Dickieson.' " [2]

Early Origins of the Dickenson family

The surname Dickenson was first found in Lancashire at Wrightington, a township, in the parish of Eccleston, union of Wigan, hundred of Leyland. "Robert Dicconson, of Eccleston, married Anne, daughter of John Wrightington, and was grandfather of William, who was convicted of high treason in the reign of William III. The Dicconsons held the property until 1812, when Capt. Edward Dicconson died without issue, and was succeeded by a nephew, Thomas Eccleston, of Eccleston and Scarisbrick. His son Charles, on succeeding to this estate, assumed the name of Dicconson." [3]

Welsh Whitte, again in Lancashire was another estate of the same family. It was originally known as Walsewythull and Walshwittell. "In 1707 it was forfeited by the treason of William Dickenson, then owner, but, owing to legal technicality, the manor was not seized by the crown; and the Dicconsons, his descendants, have since been the principal proprietors." [3]

Early History of the Dickenson family

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Dickenson Spelling Variations

Until quite recently, the English language has lacked a definite system of spelling rules. Consequently, Anglo-Saxon surnames are characterized by a multitude of spelling variations. Changes in Anglo-Saxon names were influenced by the evolution of the English language, as it incorporated elements of French, Latin, and other languages. Although Medieval scribes and church officials recorded names as they sounded, so it is common to find one person referred to by several different spellings of his surname, even the most literate people varied the spelling of their own names. Variations of the name Dickenson include Dickieson, Dickinson, Dickeson, Dickenson and others.

Early Notables of the Dickenson family (pre 1700)

Notables of the family at this time include John Dickenson (fl. 1594), English romance-writer of unknown origin. [4] Jonathan Dickinson (1663-1722) was a Quaker merchant from Port Royal, Jamaica who was shipwrecked on the southeast coast of Florida in 1696, along with his family and the other passengers and crew members of the ship. He twice served as Mayor of Philadelphia, in 1712-1713 and 1717-1719. His journal was reprinted sixteen times in English, and three times each in Dutch and German translations, between...
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Dickenson Ranking

In the United States, the name Dickenson is the 5,828th most popular surname with an estimated 4,974 people with that name. [5]

Ireland Migration of the Dickenson family to Ireland

Some of the Dickenson family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. More information about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.


United States Dickenson migration to the United States +

Searching for a better life, many English families migrated to British colonies. Unfortunately, the majority of them traveled under extremely harsh conditions: overcrowding on the ships caused the majority of the immigrants to arrive diseased, famished, and destitute from the long journey across the ocean. For those families that arrived safely, modest prosperity was attainable, and many went on to make invaluable contributions to the development of the cultures of the new colonies. Research into the origins of individual families in North America revealed records of the immigration of a number of people bearing the name Dickenson or a variant listed above:

Dickenson Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • Jeremy Dickenson, who landed in Virginia in 1623 [6]
  • Jane Dickenson, who arrived in Jamestown, Va in 1624 [6]
  • Jo Dickenson, aged 22, who arrived in Virginia in 1635 [6]
  • Geo Dickenson, aged 19, who arrived in Virginia in 1635 [6]
  • William Dickenson, aged 21, who landed in Virginia in 1635 [6]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)
Dickenson Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Thomas Dickenson, who landed in Virginia in 1714 [6]
  • John Dickenson, who landed in Virginia in 1714 [6]
  • Richard Dickenson, who landed in Virginia in 1715 [6]
  • Susanna Dickenson, who arrived in Virginia in 1719 [6]
Dickenson Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Thomas Dickenson, who arrived in San Francisco, California in 1851 [6]
  • J B Dickenson, who landed in San Francisco, California in 1851 [6]
  • Edward Dickenson had moved toSan Francisco, California in 1852
  • William Dickenson, aged 22, who arrived in New York in 1854 [6]
  • Mr. Dickenson, who landed in San Francisco, California in 1860 [6]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Canada Dickenson migration to Canada +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Dickenson Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century
  • Mr. Hannah Dickenson U.E. who settled in St. Andrews, Charlotte County, New Brunswick c. 1784 [7]
  • Lt. Nathaniel Dickenson U.E., "Dickinson" (b. 1734) born in Massachusetts, USA from Deerfield, Massachusetts, USA who settled in St. Andrews, Charlotte County, New Brunswick c. 1784 he enlisted in 1774 he fought at Bunker Hill, served as a Conductor of Artillery and assisted the Commissary, married to Hannah Cock having 1 child, he moved to Westfield, Kings County, New Brunswick where he died in 1788 [7]
Dickenson Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century
  • George Dickenson, who landed in Esquimalt, British Columbia in 1862

Australia Dickenson migration to Australia +

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

Dickenson Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • Mr. William Dickenson, (Hall), British Convict who was convicted in Middlesex, England for 7 years, transported aboard the "Earl Cornwallis" in August 1800, arriving in New South Wales, Australia [8]
  • Mr. Thomas Dickenson, English convict who was convicted in Chester, Cheshire, England for life, transported aboard the "Aurora" on 3rd November 1833, arriving in New South Wales, Australia [9]
  • Mr. Charles Dickenson, English convict who was convicted in Liverpool, Merseyside, England for 7 years, transported aboard the "Elphinstone" on 20th January 1836, arriving in Tasmania (Van Diemen's Land) [10]
  • George Dickenson, English convict from York, who was transported aboard the "Anson" on September 23, 1843, settling in Van Diemen's Land, Australia [11]
  • Miss Ann Dickenson who was convicted in London, England for 10 years, transported aboard the "Cadet" on 10th November 1848, arriving in Tasmania (Van Diemen's Land) [12]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

New Zealand Dickenson 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:

Dickenson Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • Mr. Robert Dickenson, British settler travelling from Liverpool aboard the ship 'Mermaid' arriving in Auckland, New Zealand on 19th October 1859 [13]
  • James Dickenson, aged 22, a farm labourer, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Arethusa" in 1879

West Indies Dickenson migration to West Indies +

The British first settled the British West Indies around 1604. They made many attempts but failed in some to establish settlements on the Islands including Saint Lucia and Grenada. By 1627 they had managed to establish settlements on St. Kitts (St. Christopher) and Barbados, but by 1641 the Spanish had moved in and destroyed some of these including those at Providence Island. The British continued to expand the settlements including setting the First Federation in the British West Indies by 1674; some of the islands include Barbados, Bermuda, Cayman Island, Turks and Caicos, Jamaica and Belize then known as British Honduras. By the 1960's many of the islands became independent after the West Indies Federation which existed from 1958 to 1962 failed due to internal political conflicts. After this a number of Eastern Caribbean islands formed a free association. [14]
Dickenson Settlers in West Indies in the 17th Century
  • Florence Dickenson, aged 19, who landed in Barbados in 1635 [6]
  • Mr. John Dickenson, (b. 1611), aged 24, British settler travelling aboard the ship "Expedition" arriving in Barbados in 1636 [15]

Contemporary Notables of the name Dickenson (post 1700) +

  • Vic Dickenson (1906-1984), American jazz trombonist
  • Vanessa Dickenson, American Democratic Party politician, Alternate Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Wyoming, 1980 [16]
  • Sarah Christy Dickenson, American Republican politician, Alternate Delegate to Republican National Convention from New Jersey, 1936 [16]
  • R. Walter Dickenson, American Republican politician, Member of Virginia State Senate 3rd District, 1906-07; Candidate for Presidential Elector for Virginia, 1924 [16]
  • Nehemiah Dickenson, American politician, Member of Connecticut State House of Representatives from Haddam, 1834-35, 1838 [16]
  • Leonard M. Dickenson, American Republican politician, Member of Connecticut State House of Representatives from Hartland; Elected 1916 [16]
  • E. J. Dickenson, American Democratic Party politician, Alternate Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Florida, 1928 [16]
  • D. D. Dickenson, American Republican politician, Alternate Delegate to Republican National Convention from Indiana, 1868 [16]
  • Andrew I. Dickenson, American politician, Member of Illinois State House of Representatives, 1843-45 [16]
  • Dave Dickenson (b. 1973), American former CFL football player and current coach of the Calgary Stampeders
  • ... (Another 7 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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  9. ^ Convict Records Voyages to Australia (Retrieved 20th August 2020). Retrieved from https://convictrecords.com.au/ships/aurora
  10. ^ Convict Records Voyages to Australia (Retrieved 16th March 2022). Retrieved from https://convictrecords.com.au/ships/elphinstone
  11. ^ State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2015, January 8) Anson voyage to Van Diemen's Land, Australia in 1843 with 499 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/anson/1843
  12. ^ Convict Records Voyages to Australia (Retrieved 17th November 2020). Retrieved from https://convictrecords.com.au/ships/cadet/
  13. ^ New Zealand Yesteryears Passenger Lists 1800 to 1900 (Retrieved 17th October 2018). Retrieved from http://www.yesteryears.co.nz/shipping/passlist.html
  14. ^ https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/British_West_Indies
  15. ^ Pilgrim Ship Lists Early 1600's retrieved 29th September 2021. (Retrieved from https://www.packrat-pro.com/ships/shiplist.htm)
  16. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2016, January 29) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html
  17. ^ List Of Miners - Hillcrest Mine Disaster Data. (Retrieved 2014, June 24) . Retrieved from http://www.hillcrestminedisaster.com/data/index.php?title=List_Of_Miners


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