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The Hebrides islands and the west coast of Scotland are the ancestral home of the Dickie family. Their name comes from the name Dick, which is a diminutive of Richard. 1

Early Origins of the Dickie family

The surname Dickie was first found in Renfrewshire (Gaelic: Siorrachd Rinn Friù), a historic county of Scotland, today encompassing the Council Areas of Renfrew, East Renfrewshire, and Iverclyde, in the Strathclyde region of southwestern Scotland.

Early records of the family are very rare, so we must look to the 16th century for the first few entries: "Robert Dikky is recorded in Glasgow in 1504. Money was given 'Sir' Archibald Dikkie, 'for rowelling and gyding of the knok and for lying nychtlie in the tolbuth to rewll and keip the samyne and for helping and support of him to bed clais,' 1583. David Dickie was burgess of Montrose in 1627. " 2

Early History of the Dickie family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Dickie research. Another 274 words (20 lines of text) covering the years 1627, 1775, 1798, 1812, 1830, 1839, 1849, 1860, 1877, 1882 and 1890 are included under the topic Early Dickie History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Dickie Spelling Variations

Medieval translation of Gaelic names could not be referred to as an accurate process. Spelling was not yet standardized, and names in documents from that era are riddled with spelling variations. Dickie has been written as Dickie, Dickey, Dikkie and others.

Early Notables of the Dickie family

Notable amongst the Clan from early times was

  • George Dickie (1812-1882), Scottish botanist, born at Aberdeen 23 Nov...

Ireland Migration of the Dickie family to Ireland

Some of the Dickie family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
Another 176 words (13 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

United States Dickie migration to the United States +

Ancestors of many of the Dalriadan families who crossed the Atlantic still live along the east coast of the United States and Canada. Some Scottish settlers arrived in Canada during the American War of Independence as United Empire Loyalists, while others stayed south to fight for a new nation. The descendants of Scottish settlers in both countries began to rediscover their heritage in the 19th and 20th centuries through Clan societies and highland games. An inquiry into the early roots of North American families has revealed a number of immigrants bearing the name Dickie or a variant listed above:

Dickie Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Adam Dickie, who arrived in Virginia in 1731 3
  • James Dickie, who arrived in America in 1766 3
  • Hector Dickie, who landed in Charleston, South Carolina in 1767
Dickie Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • John Dickie, who landed in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1840 3
  • John Dickie went to San Francisco in 1850
  • Samuel Dickie, who arrived in DeWitt County, Illinois in 1858 3
  • Charles Dickie, who landed in Colorado in 1884 3

Canada Dickie migration to Canada +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Dickie Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century
  • Robert Dickie, who arrived in Halifax, Nova Scotia in 1749-1752
  • Robert Dickie, who landed in Nova Scotia in 1749
  • Capt. Hector Dickie Sr., U.E. (b. 1744) born in Northern Ireland fromNinety-Six, South Carolina, USA who settled in New Brunswick c. 1783 he travelled to Jamaica for a time after 1779 before serving from 1781-1782 under various Regiments he died in 1844 in Norton, King's County, New Brunswick, married with 13 children 4
  • Mr. Waldo Dickie U.E. born in Warren, Maine, USA who settled in St. Andrews, Charlotte County, New Brunswick c. 1784 he died in 1794 4
  • Mr. Hector Dickie U.E. who settled in Canada c. 1784 4

New Zealand Dickie 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:

Dickie Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • James Dickie, who landed in Onehunga, Auckland, New Zealand in 1840
  • R Dickie, who landed in Wellington, New Zealand in 1841 aboard the ship Clydeside
  • R. Dickie, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Clydeside" in 1841
  • Mr. John Dickie, British settler arriving as the 1st detachment of Royal New Zealand Fencible Corps travelling from Tilbury, Essex aboard the ship "Ramillies" arriving in Auckland, New Zealand on 6th August 1847 5
  • Mrs. Hannah Dickie, British settler travelling from Tilbury, Essex aboard the ship "Ramillies" arriving in Auckland, New Zealand on 6th August 1847 5
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Contemporary Notables of the name Dickie (post 1700) +

  • Samuel Dickie, American politician, Mayor of Albion, Michigan, 1896; Prohibition Candidate for Presidential Elector for Michigan, 1896 6
  • Muri Dickie, American Republican politician, Chair of Oceana County Republican Party, 1950 6
  • James G. Dickie, American Democratic Party politician, Postmaster at Buffalo, New York, 1853-59 6
  • J. Albert Dickie, American Democratic Party politician, Alternate Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Texas, 1956 6
  • Alex Dickie Jr., American Democratic Party politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Texas, 1956 6
  • George Dickie (1812-1882), Scottish botanist, born at Aberdeen 23 Nov. 1812, educated at Marischal College in that city, where he graduated A.M. in 1830 7
  • Kate Dickie (b. 1971), Scottish actress
  • Murray Dickie (1924-1995), Scottish tenor opera singer and director
  • Matthew Dickie (1873-1959), Scottish professional football player
  • Simon Charles Dickie (1951-2017), New Zealand two-time gold and bronze medalist Olympic rowing cox
  • ... (Another 7 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

HMS Royal Oak
  • William Austin Dickie (1914-1939), British Surgeon Lieutenant (D) with the Royal Navy aboard the HMS Royal Oak (1939) when she was torpedoed by U-47 and sunk; he died in the sinking 8
North Sea Flood
  • Albert Dickie, British traveler aboard the ferry "Princess Victoria" who survived the North Sea Flood, a major storm surge in 1953

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  4. 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
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  8. Ships hit by U-boats crew list HMS Royal Oak (08) - (Retrieved 2018 February, 9th) - retrieved from on Facebook