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Origins Available: English, Scottish

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

The western coast of Scotland and the desolate Hebrides islands are the ancient home of the Dickey family. Their name is derived from the name Dick, which is a diminutive of Richard.

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Spelling variations were extremely common in medieval names, since scribes from that era recorded names according to sound rather than a standard set of rules. Dickey has appeared in various documents spelled Dickie, Dickey, Dikkie and others.

First found in Renfrewshire (Gaelic: Siorrachd Rinn Frił), a historic county of Scotland, today encompassing the Council Areas of Renfrew, East Renfrewshire, and Iverclyde, in the Strathclyde region of southwestern Scotland, where they held a family seat from very ancient times, some say well before the Norman Conquest and the arrival of Duke William at Hastings in 1066 A.D.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Dickey research. Another 547 words(39 lines of text) covering the years 162 and 1627 are included under the topic Early Dickey History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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

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Some of the Dickey family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 103 words(7 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products.

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The descendants of the Dalriadan families who made the great crossing of the Atlantic still dot communities along the east coast of the United States and Canada. In the American War of Independence, many of the settlers traveled north to Canada as United Empire Loyalists. Clan societies and highland games have allowed Canadian and American families of Scottish descent to recover much of their lost heritage. Investigation of the origins of family names on the North American continent has revealed that early immigrants bearing the name Dickey or a variant listed above include:

Dickey Settlers in United States in the 17th Century


  • In 1650 Daniel Dickey settled in Virginia in 1650
  • DanII Dickey, who landed in Virginia in 1650

Dickey Settlers in United States in the 18th Century


  • Alexander Dickey, who arrived in South Carolina in 1772
  • Jane Dickey, who landed in South Carolina in 1772
  • Arthur Dickey, who landed in America in 1795

Dickey Settlers in United States in the 19th Century


  • Isaac Dickey, aged 20, landed in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1804
  • John Dickey, who arrived in America in 1805
  • Nathaniel Dickey, who arrived in America in 1811
  • James Dickey, who landed in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1811
  • Adam Dickey, aged 35, landed in New York in 1812


Dickey Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century


  • Mr. Adam Dickey U.E. who settled in Charlotee County, New Brunswick c. 1783 he was part of the Cape Ann Association

Dickey Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century


  • Abraham Dickey, who arrived in Canada in 1816
  • Marjorie Dickey arrived in Saint John aboard the ship "Robert Burns" in 1834
  • Theron Dickey, who arrived in Canada in 1840

Dickey Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century


  • John Dickey arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Annie Wilson" in 1863
  • Samuel Dickey arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Annie Wilson" in 1863
  • Samuel Dickey arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Empress" in 1865
  • Nancy Dickey arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Empress" in 1865
  • Jane Dickey arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Empress" in 1865


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  • William Paul Dickey (1883-1950), American Olympic gold medalist for swimming at the 1904 Summer Games
  • Paul Dickey (1882-1933), American playwright and silent screen writer
  • Basil Dickey (1880-1958), American screenwriter
  • George Willard Dickey (1915-1976), American Major League Baseball backup catcher
  • Lucinda Dickey (b. 1960), American dancer and actress
  • John Sloan Dickey (1907-1991), American diplomat, scholar, and intellectual
  • William Hobart Dickey (1928-1994), American poet and professor
  • Eldridge Reno Dickey (1945-2000), American football player
  • Eric Jerome Dickey (b. 1961), American New York Times best-selling author
  • Dale Dickey (b. 1949), American actress

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  • Families and Kin of Elias Stockton, Moses, Dickey, and James Upchurch, Cherokee County, Texas, Pioneers by Mae Gean Pettit.
  • John Alexander Dickey, Immigrants, 1772 by Grover C. Dickey.
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The Dickey Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Dickey 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 15 July 2015 at 23:56.

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