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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.


The surname Dickie was 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.

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.


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


More information is included under the topic Early Dickie Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.


Some of the Dickie 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 and printed products wherever possible.


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
  • James Dickie, who arrived in America in 1766
  • Hector Dickie 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
  • John Dickie went to San Francisco in 1850
  • Samuel Dickie, who arrived in DeWitt County, Illinois in 1858
  • Charles Dickie, who landed in Colorado in 1884

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
  • 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
  • Mr. Hector Dickie U.E. who settled in Canada c. 1784

Dickie Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • James Dickie landed in Onehunga, Auckland, New Zealand in 1840
  • R Dickie landed in Wellington, New Zealand in 1841 aboard the ship Clydeside
  • R. Dickie arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Clydeside" in 1841
  • Jessie Dickie, aged 18, a milliner, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Arawa" in 1884

  • Kate Dickie (b. 1971), Scottish actress
  • Murray Dickie (1924-1995), Scottish tenor opera singer and director
  • Matthew Dickie (1873-1959), Scottish professional football player
  • Vance Oakley "Pat" Dickie (1918-2012), Australian politician
  • Simon Dickie (b. 1951), New Zealand two-time gold and bronze medalist rowing cox
  • William Rufus Dickie (1916-1997), Canadian professional ice hockey goaltender
  • Harold Galt Dickie (1874-1954), New Zealand politician of the Reform Party
  • William James Dickie (1870-1921), Liberal Party Member of Parliament in New Zealand
  • Donald Dickie (b. 1972), former professional Australian rules footballer
  • Charles Herbert Dickie (1859-1947), Conservative member of the Canadian House of Commons
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    Other References

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    2. Bain, Robert. The Clans and Tartans of Scotland. Glasgow & London: Collins, 1968. Print. (ISBN 000411117-6).
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    4. Moody David. Scottish Family History. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1994. Print. (ISBN 0806312688).
    5. Bolton, Charles Knowles. Scotch Irish Pioneers In Ulster and America. Montana: Kessinger Publishing. Print.
    6. Moncrieffe, Sir Ian of That Ilk and Don Pottinger. Clan Map Scotland of Old. Edinburgh: Bartholomew and Son, 1983. Print.
    7. Fairbairn,. Fairbain's book of Crests of the Families of Great Britain and Ireland, 4th Edition 2 volumes in one. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1968. Print.
    8. Samuelsen, W. David. New York City Passenger List Manifests Index 1820 - 1824. North Salt Lake, Utah: Accelerated Indexing Systems International, 1986. Print.
    9. Browning, Charles H. Americans of Royal Descent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
    10. Egle, William Henry. Pennsylvania Genealogies Scotch-Irish and German. Harrisburg: L.S. Hart, 1886. Print.
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    The Dickie Family Crest was acquired from the archives. The Dickie 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.

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