Dickeson History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms 

The name Dickeson originated with the Anglo-Saxon tribes that once ruled Britain. It 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.

Early Origins of the Dickeson family

The surname Dickeson 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." [1]

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." [1]

Important Dates for the Dickeson family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Dickeson research. Another 181 words (13 lines of text) covering the years 1366, 1388, 1300, 1663, 1722, 1696, 1712, 1713, 1717, 1719, 1700 and 1869 are included under the topic Early Dickeson History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Dickeson Spelling Variations

One relatively recent invention that did much to standardize English spelling was the printing press. However, before its invention even the most literate people recorded their names according to sound rather than spelling. The spelling variations under which the name Dickeson has appeared include Dickieson, Dickinson, Dickeson, Dickenson and others.

Early Notables of the Dickeson family (pre 1700)

Notables of the family at this time include 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...
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Migration of the Dickeson family to Ireland

Some of the Dickeson 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.

Dickeson migration to the United States

At this time, the shores of the New World beckoned many English families that felt that the social climate in England was oppressive and lacked opportunity for change. Thousands left England at great expense in ships that were overcrowded and full of disease. A great portion of these settlers never survived the journey and even a greater number arrived sick, starving, and without a penny. The survivors, however, were often greeted with greater opportunity than they could have experienced back home. These English settlers made significant contributions to those colonies that would eventually become the United States and Canada. An examination of early immigration records and passenger ship lists revealed that people bearing the name Dickeson arrived in North America very early:

Dickeson Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • Peter Dickeson, who landed in Virginia in 1622 [2]
  • Robert Dickeson, who landed in Maryland in 1659 [2]
  • Sarah Dickeson, who landed in Maryland in 1661 [2]
  • Thomas Dickeson, who arrived in Maryland in 1661 [2]
  • Ambrose Dickeson, who arrived in Maryland in 1661 [2]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)
Dickeson Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Walter Dickeson, who arrived in Virginia in 1701 [2]
  • Anne Dickeson, who arrived in Virginia in 1702 [2]
  • Richard Dickeson, who arrived in Virginia in 1706 [2]
  • William, Dickeson Jr., who landed in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1745 [2]

Dickeson 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:

Dickeson Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • M. E. Dickeson, who arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Sydenham" in 1870
  • George F. Dickeson, who arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Sydenham" in 1870
  • H. D. Dickeson, who arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Sydenham" in 1870

Contemporary Notables of the name Dickeson (post 1700)

  • A. M. P. V. H. Dickeson, American politician, Member of New Jersey State House of Assembly from Salem County, 1865-66 [3]
  • Robert Dickeson (d. 2017), better known as Apex, an English drum and bass music producer from Kent
  • Clifford Wayne Dickeson (b. 1955), retired New Zealand cricketer

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Citations

  1. ^ Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.
  2. ^ 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)
  3. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2017, March 10) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html
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