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The origins of the name Dickinson are with the Anglo-Saxon tribes of Britain. The name 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.

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The surname Dickinson 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]

The first dictionaries that appeared in the last few hundred years did much to standardize the English language. Before that time, spelling variations in names were a common occurrence. The language was changing, incorporating pieces of other languages, and the spelling of names changed with it. Dickinson has been spelled many different ways, including Dickieson, Dickinson, Dickeson, Dickenson and others.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Dickinson research. Another 361 words (26 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 Dickinson History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Another 135 words (10 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Dickinson Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Some of the Dickinson 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.

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Thousands of English families in this era began to emigrate the New World in search of land and freedom from religious and political persecution. Although the passage was expensive and the ships were dark, crowded, and unsafe, those who made the voyage safely were rewarded with opportunities unavailable to them in their homeland. Research into passenger and immigration lists has revealed some of the very first Dickinsons to arrive in North America:

Dickinson Settlers in United States in the 17th Century


  • Jerimiah Dickinson, who landed in Virginia in 1620
  • Elzabeth Dickinson, who arrived in Virginia in 1623
  • Nathaniel Dickinson, who landed in Watertown, Massachusetts in 1634
  • Elizabeth Dickinson, who landed in New England in 1637
  • Anthony Dickinson, who arrived in Virginia in 1640


Dickinson Settlers in United States in the 18th Century


  • Alice Dickinson, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1702
  • George Dickinson, who landed in Virginia in 1716
  • Benjamin Dickinson, who arrived in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1717-1718
  • Gilchrist Dickinson, who landed in New York in 1789
  • James Dickinson, who arrived in New York in 1799

Dickinson Settlers in United States in the 19th Century


  • Gordon Dickinson, who arrived in America in 1804
  • Philemon Dickinson who was a tanner of Salem
  • Thomas Dickinson, who landed in New York, NY in 1832
  • William Dickinson, who landed in New York in 1833
  • T H Dickinson, who arrived in San Francisco, California in 1850


Dickinson Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century


  • Mr. Isaac Dickinson U.E. born in Massachusetts, USA who settled in Saint John, New Brunswick c. 1784
  • Mr. James Dickinson U.E. born in Massachusetts, USA who settled in Saint John, New Brunswick c. 1784
  • Mr. Samuel Dickinson U.E. born in Massachusetts, USA who settled in Queens County, New Brunswick c. 1784
  • Mr. Tertullus Dickinson U.E. who settled in Canada c. 1784
  • Major Turtulus Dickinson U.E. born in Massachusetts, USA who settled in Saint John, New Brunswick c. 1784


Dickinson Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century


  • Myron Dickinson, who arrived in Canada in 1840
  • Mrs. Dickinson, aged 50, landed in Halifax, Nova Scotia in 1864

Dickinson Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century


  • David Dickinson, English convict from Lancaster, who was transported aboard the "Anson" on September 23, 1843, settling in Van Diemen's Land, Australia
  • Samuel Dickinson, English convict from London, who was transported aboard the "Anson" on September 23, 1843, settling in Van Diemen's Land, Australia
  • James Dickinson, English Convict from Warwick, who was transported aboard the "Aboukir" on December 24, 1851, settling in Van Diemen's Land, Australia
  • Samuel Dickinson, aged 39, a labourer, arrived in South Australia in 1856 aboard the ship "Duchess of Northumberland"

Dickinson Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century


  • Robert Dickinson arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Mermaid" in 1859
  • Joseph Dickinson arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Aloe" in 1863

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  • Angie Dickinson (b. 1931), born Angeline Brown, an American Golden Globe Award winning and three-time Primetime Emmy Award nominated television and film actress
  • Edward Fenwick Dickinson (1829-1891), American politician, Member of the U.S. House of Representatives from Ohio (1869-1871)
  • Anna Elizabeth Dickinson (1842-1932), American orator and lecturer, an advocate for the abolition of slavery and for women's suffrage, she was the first woman to give a political address before the United States Congress
  • Almaron Dickinson (1800-1836), American Texan soldier and defender during the Battle of the Alamo
  • Susanna Wilkerson Dickinson (1814-1883), American mother who with her infant daughter Angelina were among the few American survivors of the 1836 Battle of the Alamo during the Texas Revolution
  • David W. Dickinson (1808-1845), American politician, Member of the U.S. House of Representatives from Tennessee (1833-1835)
  • Edward Dickinson (1803-1874), American politician, father of the poet Emily Dickinson
  • Andrew Bray Dickinson (1801-1873), American politician from New York
  • Daniel Stevens Dickinson (1800-1866), American politician, 27th Attorney General of New York (1862-1863)
  • John Dean Dickinson (1767-1841), American politician, U.S. Representative from New York

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  • The Dickenson Families of England and America (Dickinson, Dickerson, Dickson, Dixon, etc.) Bonnie Sage Ball, Dickerson and Dickinson Descendants of Philemon Dickerson of Southold, Long Island, N.Y. Also Long Island Descendants of Captain John Dickinson of Oyster B.
  • by Wesley Logan Baker, Descendants of Nathaniel Dickins.
  • by Elinor V. Smith.
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  1. ^ Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.

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