Dickerson History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

It was among those Anglo-Saxon tribes that once ruled over Britain that the name Dickerson was formed. The name was 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 Dickerson family

The surname Dickerson 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 Dickerson family

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Dickerson Spelling Variations

Until the dictionary, an invention of only the last few hundred years, the English language lacked any comprehensive system of spelling rules. Consequently, spelling variations in names are frequently found in early Anglo-Saxon and later Anglo-Norman documents. One person's name was often spelled several different ways over a lifetime. The recorded variations of Dickerson include Dickieson, Dickinson, Dickeson, Dickenson and others.

Early Notables of the Dickerson 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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Dickerson Ranking

In the United States, the name Dickerson is the 517th most popular surname with an estimated 57,201 people with that name. [5]

Ireland Migration of the Dickerson family to Ireland

Some of the Dickerson 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 Dickerson migration to the United States +

Thousands of English families boarded ships sailing to the New World in the hope of escaping the unrest found in England at this time. Although the search for opportunity and freedom from persecution abroad took the lives of many because of the cramped conditions and unsanitary nature of the vessels, the opportunity perceived in the growing colonies of North America beckoned. Many of the settlers who survived the journey went on to make important contributions to the transplanted cultures of their adopted countries. The Dickerson were among these contributors, for they have been located in early North American records:

Dickerson Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • Ffeleaman Dickerson, who arrived in New England in 1637 [6]
  • Miss Philemon Dickerson, British servant to Benjamin Cooper departing May 1637 from England aboard the ship "Mary Ann" arriving in Boston, Massachusetts, United States on 20 June 1637, heading to New England [7]
  • Alice Dickerson, who arrived in Maryland in 1682 [6]
  • Allis Dickerson, who landed in Maryland in 1682 [6]
Dickerson Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • William Dickerson, who arrived in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1775 [6]
Dickerson Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Thomas Dickerson, aged 55, who landed in Massachusetts in 1812 [6]
  • Nathaniel Dickerson who was a Town clerk of Wethersfield, Massachusetts
  • Henry Dickerson, aged 68, who landed in Washington County, Pennsylvania in 1823 [6]
  • S H Dickerson, who arrived in San Francisco, California in 1851 [6]
  • H Dickerson, who arrived in San Francisco, California in 1851 [6]
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Dickerson Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
  • Edna Dickerson, aged 26, who landed in America, in 1905
  • Edward V. Dickerson, aged 50, who settled in America from London, in 1906
  • Charlotte N. Dickerson, aged 32, who landed in America, in 1908
  • Beryl A A Dickerson, aged 4, who immigrated to the United States from London, England, in 1911
  • Annie E. Dickerson, aged 37, who immigrated to America from London, England, in 1911
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Canada Dickerson migration to Canada +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Dickerson Settlers in Canada in the 20th Century
  • Florence Dickerson, aged 32, who immigrated to St John's, Newfoundland, in 1918

Australia Dickerson migration to Australia +

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

Dickerson Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • Mr. John Dickerson, (b. 1815), aged 36, British convict who was convicted in Ipswich, Suffolk, England for 15 years for inciting assault, transported aboard the "Cornwall" on 28th February 1851, arriving in Tasmania (Van Diemen's Land) [8]

Contemporary Notables of the name Dickerson (post 1700) +

  • Henri Christophe "Chris" Dickerson (1939-2021), American professional bodybuilder, Mr. Olympia (1982) , inducted into the IFBB Hall of Fame in 2000
  • Dudley Dickerson (1906-1968), American film actor who appeared in nearly 160 films between 1932 and 1952, best remembered for his roles as the scared train conductor in several Three Stooges films
  • Morris "B.B." Dickerson (1950-2021), American funk bassist and singer, known for his work with Eric Burdon and War (War)
  • Marianne Dickerson (1960-2015), American silver medalist long-distance runner at the 1983 World Championships
  • John S. Dickerson (b. 1982), American Christian pastor, author and journalist
  • John "Johnny Dick" Dickerson (1863-1944), American horse trainer, posthumous inductee into the Harness Racing Hall of Fame in 1958
  • Walter Roland "Walt" Dickerson (1928-2008), American jazz vibraphone player
  • Denver Dickerson (1914-1981), American politician, 37th Speaker of the Nevada Assembly in 1943, 6th Secretary of Guam (1963-1969)
  • George Dickerson (b. 1933), American actor, writer, and poet
  • Bobby Dale Dickerson (b. 1965), American Major League Baseball third base coach for the Baltimore Orioles
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HMS Repulse
  • Mr. Jack Dickerson, British Stoker, who sailed into battle on the HMS Repulse (1941) and survived the sinking [9]
USS Arizona
  • Mr. William C. A. Dickerson, American Radioman Second Class working aboard the ship "USS Arizona" when she sunk during the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor on 7th December 1941, he survived the sinking [10]

  1. ^ Bardsley, C.W, A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6)
  2. ^ Lower, Mark Anthony, Patronymica Britannica, A Dictionary of Family Names of the United Kingdom. London: John Russel Smith, 1860. Print.
  3. ^ Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.
  4. ^ Smith, George (ed), Dictionary of National Biography. London: Smith, Elder & Co., 1885-1900. Print
  5. ^ https://namecensus.com/most_common_surnames.htm
  6. ^ 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)
  7. ^ Passengers of the Mary Anne of Yarmouth (Retrieved 18th November 2020). Retrieved from http://www.angelfire.com/mi4/polcrt/MaryAnne.html
  8. ^ Convict Records Voyages to Australia (Retrieved 11th March 2021). Retrieved from https://convictrecords.com.au/ships/cornwall
  9. ^ HMS Repulse Crew members. (Retrieved 2014, April 9) . Retrieved from http://www.forcez-survivors.org.uk/biographies/listrepulsecrew.html
  10. ^ 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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